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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.

Three downtown proposals pass muster in Maitland

Getting downtown going

Plans for downtown Maitland’s long awaited redevelopment are slowly being fleshed out as the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board voted to move forward with three possible developments for the downtown area last week.

Maitland backtracks on traffic plans

Keeping wheels off the rails

The city of Maitland is getting on track to make changes to traffic patterns aimed at keeping cars moving freely on the roads and – more importantly – off of the railroad right-of-ways.

Developers shift plans for downtown Maitland redevelopment

Developers shift focus

Plans for Maitland’s downtown redevelopment are shifting into focus, with one developer partially pulling out of the process and two others campaigning for public support.

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SunRail crash in Maitland raises safety questions

Train strikes car in Maitland

The crash came just weeks after Maitland City Council members discussed potential safety issues at the train track intersections in the city.

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Maitland looks to weed out medical marijuana sales

Zoning medical marijuana

Maitland City Council members are lighting up a debate over whether medical marijuana dispensaries will be allowed in the city, should the statewide referendum legalizing the practice pass in November.

FlexBus service leaves Maitland riders waiting

Limited ways to get aboard

Instead of calling an on-demand bus to take commuters to and from SunRail stations, Maitland riders are challenged with getting more creative when it comes to getting aboard.

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Bids come in to redevelop Maitland's downtown

Bids come in for city center

A boutique grocer, brand new bank, and multiple levels of new apartments, parking and shops could replace a currently downtrodden Maitland downtown if any of the recently proposed developer plans pull through.

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Simulator offers insight into living with dementia

Training through simulation

The goal of the Virtual Dementia Tour is to reach all communities, from caregivers to grocery store workers, to give them an elevated social consciousness and awareness for dealing with those with dementia.

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Maitland Police boathouse to finally take float

Lake access to be blocked

Fort Maitland Park’s lakefront is getting a makeover this month, adding the city’s first and only police boathouse and redoing the boat ramp and dock, resulting in restricted public lake access until mid-April.

Meet the Maitland City Council candidates

Two up for seat two

At a Meet the Candidates Night on Feb. 27 Seat 2 candidates Bev Reponen and Martha Bryant-Hall presented their thoughts on how to make Maitland’s long-dreamed-of downtown a reality.

Maitland Council candidates ready for debate

Council candidates debate

With less than two weeks until the election, candidates for Maitland’s single open city council seat will get the chance to debate the issues and take public questions at a Meet the Candidates night Feb. 27.

Maitland tries to sell downtown to developers

City works to sell itself to developers

The Maitland City Council declared two more city-owned plots of land “open for business” last week.