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Maitland Council to vote on first downtown proposal

Maitland Council to vote Thursday

With an affirmative vote from the Maitland City Council on Thursday, the lot where the old decrepit Winn-Dixie resides could finally be getting a makeover – rising from the ashes into a mixed-use six-story apartment building.

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Winter Park, Maitland pass medical marijuana regulations

Cities pass preliminary restrictions

Both Winter Park and Maitland passes preliminary restrictions of where medical marijuana -- if legalized in November -- can be sold in each city. In both, the options will be narrowly limited.

Maitland residents debate the fate of the city’s downtown district

Residents debate downtown fate

Should the downtown center be a park where you sit on a bench and enjoy the open-air green space, or a parking garage where you park your car before strolling the streets’ new bustling retail shops?

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Maitland Art Center earns National Historic Landmark status

MAC earns national honor

The Maitland Art Center officially earned the designation as the first National Historic Landmark in Orange County, and the 44th in the state of Florida on Sept. 30.

Maitland loses CRA director, keeps downtown plans moving

Maitland works to bring downtown plans forward

As downtown development proposals continue to face the scrutiny of city boards, Maitland’s city manager is set to start mulling over a separate stack of applications looking to fill the soon-to-be-open staff position in charge of community redevelopment.

Maitland signals tax, sign code changes

Council raises taxes, changes code

A sign of the times, the Maitland City Council made updates on Monday to two fundamentals of the city that had previously been unchanged for years: the city’s millage rate and its sign code.

Maitland keeps tax hike on the table

Could raise rates 11 percent

Maitland property owners are one City Council vote away from paying an estimated 11 percent more in property taxes next year.

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Maitland mayor backtracks on charter violation confession

Says he didn't violate charter

Two weeks after Maitland Mayor Howard Schieferdecker admitted to violating the City Charter by directing city staffers without proper approval, he was singing a different tune on Monday.

Maitland mayor's misbehavior stirs debate

Residents call for resignation

Maitland Mayor Howard Schieferdecker’s misuse of power as designated by the City Charter is churning up calls for his resignation, and rumors of decades-long wrongful delegation of power among the city’s leadership.

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The Finley Project offers support for grieving mothers

Mom creates charity after loss

The Finley Project, created by Maitland mom Noelle Moore, is aimed at helping moms heal after they’ve lost a child.

Policy check puts Maitland mayor in place

Did mayor overstep bounds?

A workshop about budgeting last week bowled into an hour of bickering between members of the Maitland City Council about balance of power in the city’s government.

Buses to start rolling from SunRail to Maitland Center

Maitland Center to get service

After the CEO of LYNX admitted to Maitland’s mayor that it “forgot” to provide feeder bus service from the city’s SunRail station to its largest area office complex, Maitland Center will get back-and-forth buses in September.

Maitland votes to raise taxes, Winter Park keeps rate steady

Maitland proposes tax hike

Maitland City Council members were dreaming big Monday night as they placed a preliminary vote to raise the city’s property tax rate just over one mil to 4.9 mills.

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Half penny tax heavily favored in Winter Park poll

Incumbents also favored

A poll at the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce-hosted Political Mingle saw many incumbents favored and a half-penny sales tax to raise money for schools heavily favored.

Maitland mayor admits that the city made traffic mistakes

City admits mistakes

Maitland Mayor Howard Schieferdecker admits that the city made some mistakes when it came to overhauling the intersection of Horatio Avenue and U.S. Highway 17-92 earlier this year.