Winter Garden leaders postpone discussion on voting boundaries

The City Commission will consider the new ordinance at its Jan. 27 meeting.

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Because not all commissioners were present, the Winter Garden City Commission opted Thursday, Jan. 13, to postpone its discussion on an ordinance regarding the city’s voting district boundaries.

City Attorney A. Kurt Ardaman began the first reading and public hearing of a proposed ordinance which addresses the establishment of voting district boundaries.  

The ordinance suggests adopting the report of the districting commission, enacting the district boundaries proposed by the report and providing for conflicts, severability and an effective date. 

However, Mayor John Rees requested a postponement of the ordinance until the Jan. 27, meeting, because a commissioner was not present.

“It’s important that everyone is here for this and the presentation,” Rees said. 

Adraman then moved on to a series of ordinances pertaining to the property at 1010 Vineland Road. 

The ordinance provided for the annexation of certain land located on 0.24 acres at 1010 Vineland Road, as to give the city jurisdiction over the property. 

Community Development Director Stephen Pash stated the annexation was voluntary by the owner. Pash said the proposed ordinances are consistent with the surrounding area and the owner intends to apply for a special exception which would allow office use and development of the parking lot and pond. 

Following staff recommendations, the ordinance was approved 4-0, with a second reading and public hearing to occur at the next meeting on Jan. 27.


A special presentation was given by American Legion Post Commander of Winter Garden Kurt Gies to kick off the meeting. 

Gies addressed the importance of education on veteran suicide with the help of a video put together by community member and Gymnastics USA owner Austin Arthur. The presentation highlighted the recent 2021 Challenge 22 Walk and Picnic.

Arthur explained 22 United Stated veterans die every day from suicide. 

“Our comrades served, and when they decide that they want to take their life, somebody needs to be there to say no,” Gies said in the video. “We’re here for you. We love you. We support you. And your life is too important. Don’t leave.”

Gies then went on to discuss the Ruck Walk event.

Ruck Walk will take place on Nov. 12, Veteran’s Day Weekend, and will raise awareness for veterans. 

“Thank you Kurt and thank you for all that you do for this,” Rees said.


  • The commission approved an interlocal agreement between the city of Winter Garden and the town of Oakland to transfer jurisdiction of right-of-way and the road on the western edge of Oakland Park.
  • Commissioners approved several events, including the American Legion Post 63 Ruck Walk and Crooked Can Brewing Company’s Celtic Festival.
  • Rees presented a proclamation of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, which took place Jan. 9.




Annabelle Sikes

News Editor Annabelle Sikes was born in Boca Raton and moved to Orlando in 2018 to attend the University of Central Florida. She graduated from UCF in May 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in sociology. Her past journalism experiences include serving as a web producer at the Orlando Sentinel, a reporter at The Community Paper, managing editor for NSM Today, digital manager at Centric Magazine and as an intern for the Orlando Weekly.