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Winter Park City Talk

Being more than a city resident
by: Randy Knight Staff Writer

March 14 City Commission meeting highlights

Mayor’s Report

• The Business Recognition Award for the Fourth Quarter 2015 was presented to Peterbrooke Chocolatier.

• Approximately 75 city employees were recognized for their years of service in five year increments, between five and 35 years, which totaled 1,195 years of service to the city.

• The month of March was proclaimed Bike Month in Winter Park.

Consent Agenda

• The minutes for Feb. 22, 2016 were approved.

• The purchase and contracts were approved (for a complete list, please visit

Action Items Requiring Discussion

• The participation in South Seminole North Orange County Wastewater Transmission Authority (SSNOCWTA) bond issue was approved.

• The funding options for acquisition of property at 1111 W. Fairbanks Ave. (former bowling alley) were discussed. The Commission approved $1 million to be funded from the Community Redevelopment Agency and the remaining $1.9 million to be funded from the General Fund reserves.

• The police department’s 2015-2018 Strategic Plan Update was presented and accepted.

• Staff was approved to move forward with negotiations with Orange County Public Schools for a Use Agreement and to also move forward with obtaining bids and costs for securing a contract for the installation of the synthetic turf and running track.

Public Hearings

• The second reading of the ordinance authorizing the issuance of not exceeding $21,000,000 Electric Refunding Revenue Bonds to finance the refunding of a portion of its outstanding Electric Refunding and Improvement Revenue Bonds, Series 2007, was approved.

• Request of Alfredas Sumanas for the property located at 1240 Fairview Ave.:

• The second reading of the ordinance amending the “Comprehensive Plan” Future Land Use Map to change from Office to a Commercial designation was approved.

• The second reading of the ordinance amending the Official Zoning Map to change from Office District zoning to Commercial District was approved.

• Request of Z Properties:

• The subdivision or lot split approval to divide the property at 360 Beloit Ave., zoned R-1A, into two single-family building lots, was tabled.

A full copy of the March 14 City Commission minutes will be available at the week of March 28, pending approval by the City Commission.

Being more than a city resident

The city has approximately 20 advisory boards that deal with a variety of topics ranging from development, parks, lakes, public art, trees and other city attributes that contribute to our quality of life. These 150+ residents meet on a regular basis to study and discuss city topics prior to making recommendations for the City Commission to consider when having to make decisions on these important topics. If you would like to influence decisions, see changes made in specific areas, or simply want to become more involved in your city, please submit a board application form found on the city’s official website at under

Government > Boards. Thank you to all of the board members that have served and are currently serving to help maintain our city’s high quality of life.

62nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt

The city is proud to announce its 62nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held Saturday, March 26, 2016, in beautiful Central Park West Meadow located in downtown Winter Park. This fun-filled event will provide as much excitement and laughs for the adults as it will for the kids. Don’t forget to bring your own Easter basket!

The hunt will begin promptly at 10 a.m. with the official starting signal. Children with special needs are also encouraged to join in the fun. Over 10,000 stuffed eggs will be placed throughout Central Park West Meadow, and as always, children who come up empty handed will still be able to enjoy special treats at the designated area.

Winter Park’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt is the city’s oldest community event. Grandparents are now bringing the third generation of children to hunt for eggs, and fun is bound to be had by all. For more information regarding the City of Winter Park’s 62nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt, please call 407-599-3463.

Refine the city’s vision at “Weekends in the Park”

The City of Winter Park, members of the Visioning Steering Committee and co-creators will be at a neighborhood park near you, Saturday, April 2, and Sunday, April 3. They will be asking for your help to refine the draft vision statements and identify the big ideas that can fulfill the vision.

The city launched the Vision Winter Park effort in June 2015 with the goal to establish a citywide vision to guide the city’s future. Since then, Vision Winter Park has held multiple gatherings, hosted key community events, coordinated one-on-one meetings, and offered online opportunities to encourage input and involvement. “Weekends in the Park” is yet another opportunity for the community to become involved. This time, the visioning team is coming to you at the following locations, dates and times, where you can attend at your convenience and when your schedule allows:

Saturday, April 2

8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ward Park Loch Lomond Drive

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park 1050 W. Morse Blvd.

9 a.m. to noon Phelps Park Phelps Avenue

1 to 4 p.m. Harland Park Timberlane Drive

2 to 5 p.m. Howell Branch Preserve 1205 Howell Branch Road

Sunday, April 3

9 a.m. to noon Azalea Lane Park 1045 Azalea Lane

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mead Botanical Gardens 1300 S. Denning Drive

2 to 5 p.m. Phelps Park Phelps Avenue

2 to 5 p.m. Orwin Manor Park 3200 N. Orange Ave.

While the adults participate, the city will also offer kid-friendly activities and visioning exercises to engage the children, so that everyone, regardless of age, can share their ideas and input.

For more information regarding Vision Winter Park and to review the draft vision statements, please visit, email [email protected], or call 407-599-3665, option 1.

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