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Winter Park City Talk

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by: Randy Knight Staff Writer

Jan. 11 City Commission meeting highlights

Non-Action Items

• The Financial Report September 2015 was presented and accepted.

Consent Agenda

• The minutes for Dec. 14, 2015, were approved with a modification.

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

• The letter outlining plans to update the Comprehensive Plan per Chapter 153.3191, Florida Statutes, was approved.

• The Orange County Canvassing Board criteria for canvassing Winter Park absentee ballots was approved and the board was allowed to canvass the Winter Park election and certify the election results.

Public Hearings

• Request of Rollins College:

— The second reading of the ordinance to amend Chapter 58 “Land Development Code,” Article III, “Zoning,” to allow for child care and educational facilities operated by non-profit entities subject to certain limitations was approved.

— The Conditional Use approval for a child care and educational facility operated by Rollins College on the property at 315 Holt Ave., and providing for the approval of a development agreement was approved.

• The second reading of the ordinance to vacate and abandon the utility easements located at 110 S. Orlando Ave. was approved.

• The resolution authorizing the execution of a non-exclusive interlocal subscription agreement with the Florida PACE funding agency was approved.

• The resolution designating 700 Oxford Road as a historic resource on the Winter Park Register of Historic Places was approved.

• The resolution designating 901 Georgia Ave. as a historic resource on the Winter Park Register of Historic Places was approved.

A full copy of the Jan. 11 City Commission minutes will be available at the week of Jan. 25, pending approval by the City Commission.

Unity Heritage Festival

Residents and local businesses will come together to celebrate the city of Winter Park’s 14th annual Unity Heritage Festival on Sunday, Jan. 17, from 1 to 5 p.m. and Monday, Jan. 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Shady Park in Hannibal Square. The annual festival will promote family history and raise funds for the Educational Fulfillment Fund for local economically disadvantaged youth. Activities will include children’s games, food and retail vendors, entertainment by various gospel artists, and the presentation of the annual Heritage Award. For more information, please call 407-599-3275.

Joint Work Session

The Economic Development Advisory and Planning & Zoning boards will have a joint work session on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 8 a.m. in the Chase Room located on the first floor of Winter Park City Hall at 401 S. Park Ave., to discuss the Progress Point property.

For more information, please contact either Planning Manager Jeff Briggs at 407-599-3440 or CRA Manager Kyle Dudgeon at 407-599-3217.

Improvements at New York and Lyman avenues

On Friday, Jan. 22, at 10 p.m., the second part of the New York and Lyman avenues improvements will begin, which includes replacement of the railroad tracks, as well as demolition, rebuilding and resurfacing of the existing rough railroad crossing to create a smoother road surface. The railroad crossing and intersection is expected to reopen Sunday, Jan. 24.

This closure will impact the pedestrian and vehicular traffic during the Saturday farmers market. Attendees are asked to follow the detour signs that will direct traffic to and from the market during this time. The city continually strives to minimize inconvenience to local residents and through traffic during construction. We appreciate your patience and cooperation during this important project. For additional information, please contact the Public Works Department at 407-599-3262.

Register now for SIDE BY SIDE

In the spirit of unity and appreciation, the public is cordially invited to SIDE BY SIDE “A celebration to pause and honor the gifts of our community,” Friday, Jan. 29, at 8:30 a.m. in Knowles Memorial Chapel, located at 1000 Holt Ave., on the campus of Rollins College. This community-wide celebration is presented by First Congregational Church of Winter Park and Rollins College, in partnership with the city of Winter Park and the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce. Refreshments will be served immediately following the ceremony near the rose garden outside the chapel.

SIDE BY SIDE was inspired by the community events held in honor of the city’s 125th anniversary in 2012, and will serve as an opportunity for the community to recognize its gifts as well as strengthen relationships with one another. The celebration will feature remarks from leaders representing the civic, business, and spiritual attributes of Winter Park, as well as music from talented soloists and groups from the community. This all-inclusive, community-wide event is anticipated to occur each year as an opportunity to gather annually in unity and celebration.

Attendees are encouraged to register by Friday, Jan. 22, at

For more information regarding SIDE BY SIDE, please contact [email protected] or 407-599-3506.

Election information

City Commission seats 3 and 4 will be on the 2016 ballot for election. The General Election is scheduled for Tuesday, March 15. Election information can be found by clicking the Election button on the homepage of the city’s website or at

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