Winter Park City Talk

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Nov. 9 City Commission highlights

Mayor’s Report

• A proclamation was issued for Week of the Family.

• The Parks & Recreation Department Accreditation Award was presented.

• The appointments for the Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Board were approved.

Consent Agenda

• The minutes for Oct. 26, 2015, were approved.

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

• The Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, City Commission meeting was approved to be cancelled due to the holiday.

Action Items Requiring Discussion

• The golf course renovation contract was awarded to KCR Contracting, LLC.

• The modifications to the tree planting policy were discussed and accepted.

Public Hearings

• The requests of Bethel Baptist Church for the property at 347 W. New England Ave., resulted in the following:

• The second reading of the ordinance to change the Future Land Use designation of Commercial to Central Business District was approved.

• The second reading of the ordinance to change the zoning of Medium Density Multifamily Residential (R-3) District to Commercial (C-2) District was approved.

• The second reading of the ordinance amending the Fiscal Year 2015 adopted budget was approved.

• The second reading of the ordinance updating the ordinary high-water elevations of the lakes, and provide clarifications of waterfront review procedures and development standards, was approved.

• The first reading of the ordinance for the library and events center bond was approved.

• The requests of Benjamin Partners, Ltd., Greenhouse Partners Ltd., and Garmet Ltd. for amendments to the Development Order for Ravaudage Planned Development were approved.

• Historic Preservation:

• The first reading of the ordinance amending Chapter 58 “Land Development Code” Article VIII, “Historic Preservation” was approved with amendments. However, because substantial changes were made, this item will have another first reading Monday, Nov. 23.

• The resolution accepting recommendations for incentives for Historic Preservation from the Historic Preservation Board was tabled to the Monday, Nov. 23, meeting.

A full copy of the Nov. 9 City Commission minutes will be available at the week of Nov. 23, pending approval by the City Commission.

CoffeeTalk with City Manager Randy Knight

This year marks the 10th Anniversary of CoffeeTalk where the community can talk one-on-one with city leaders. On Thursday, Nov. 12, citizens can join me for my CoffeeTalk at 8 a.m., at the Winter Park Welcome Center located at 151 W. Lyman Ave. Let’s enjoy a cup of conversation and great coffee provided by Barnie’s Coffee Kitchen®. For more information, please call 407-599-3428.

Help end hunger in Central Florida

On Nov. 2, the Winter Park community renewed its effort to end hunger in Central Florida by kicking off the third annual “Feed the Need” campaign from now until Friday, Nov. 20.

Donors can text the word NEED to 41444 and set an amount of their choice using a simple form or can donate online by visiting For every dollar donated, up to $9 worth of grocery products is provided by Second Harvest Food Bank to those in need, and 98 cents from every dollar goes straight to feeding people. Please join a team, become a community champion, host an event, or donate online today.

City to dedicate Shady Park pavilion

The city’s Parks & Recreation Department will dedicate the pavilion at Shady Park in memory of the late Dr. Mitchell L. Dawkins, Sr., Saturday, Nov. 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The ceremony will be held at the pavilion located on the corner of Pennsylvania and New England avenues adjacent to the Winter Park Community Center, located at 721 W. New England Ave.

Dr. Dawkins served as the pastor of the New Warner Chapel Primitive Baptist Church in Winter Park for more than 22 years. He and his wife, First Lady Melanie Y. Dawkins, dedicated their lives to the betterment of the Hannibal Square neighborhood.

Dr. Dawkins was very active in the city, where he formerly served as chair of the Community Redevelopment Agency Board, member of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Task Force, and chaplain of the Winter Park Police Department, to name a few. His involvement helped bring unity and partnership within the community. Because of his commitment and devotion, March 6, 2014, was declared a “Day of Remembrance for Pastor Mitchell L. Dawkins, Sr.,” and the city looks forward to officially naming the Shady Park pavilion in his honor.

As part of the dedication, two students will be presented with the Dr. Mitchell L. Dawkins, Sr., Scholarship that was established in October 2014 and has awarded four scholarships to date. This scholarship was created to honor Dr. Dawkins’ wish to further higher-education learning. All city residents or members of churches within the city limits are eligible for the one-time $500 scholarship award. For more information on the scholarship, please contact 407-716-5429 or [email protected].

Recycling education day

Keep Winter Park Beautiful will host a recycling education day Sunday, Nov. 15, as sustainability students from Rollins College, members of the Rollins College EcoRollins Club, and Winter Park High School’s IDEAS4US chapter visit neighborhoods to distribute 10,000 door hangers provided by Waste Pro. Their objective is to reinforce the message that plastic bags and film are not recyclable in the city’s single-family, curbside recycling collection program. Plastic bags should be recycled at local retail locations, or better yet, residents are encouraged to use reusable cloth bags. This event will be held in unison with thousands of organizers across the country holding events to celebrate America Recycles Day, a national initiative of Keep America Beautiful.

For more information regarding Keep Winter Park Beautiful, please visit or contact 407-599-3364.

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