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Red-light camera study sparks controversy

Debate over crash counts

Winter Park has once again renewed the use of its red light cameras – devices that studies by a former Florida Highway Patrol officer report show may be unnecessary in the city of culture and heritage.

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Ken Bradley marks final meeting as Winter Park mayor

Gavel closes mayor's term

Winter Park took a moment to honor a departing elected official on Monday as Mayor Ken Bradley presided over his final City Commission meeting while in office.

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Winter Park looks to change historic designation process

Defining what is historic

Winter Park is on its way to passing a new historic preservation ordinance that could make it easier for a neighborhood to become a historic district.

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Winter Park candidates spar in local debates

Winter Park candidates debate

Winter Park took a better look at the four candidates vying for two open seats on the City Commission this month as an ongoing series of public debates were held throughout the city.

Funding on track to install quiet zones in Maitland, Winter Park

Funding comes in for quiet zones

Winter Park and Maitland railroad crossings are set to get significantly quieter in the next three years.

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Rollins College names new president

Meet Rollins' new president

A six-month-long search came to an end last week as Winter Park’s liberal arts college announced Grant Cornwell as its new president.

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The man behind Lake Baldwin Park’s trees

Carver brings park to life

Human faces and animal forms stare back at you from the forest, hand-carved into the tree trunks. It’s an art gallery set in the most organic form.

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Winter Park candidates weigh in on tree canopy conundrum

Candidates tackle tree troubles

The Observer spoke with the four candidates running for the open seats of mayor and City Commissioner on what they thought was the best approach moving forward with the city’s trees.

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Breast-shaped strip club building demolished in Winter Park

Strip club gets smashed

Winter Park’s infamous breast-shaped gentlemen’s club is no more. The city demolished the Christie’s Cabaret building – once home of the Booby Trap – off of Lee Road last Wednesday.

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Pill mill pain clinic busted in Winter Park

Not what the doctor ordered

Five arrests were made last Wednesday after a local pain clinic just a half mile away from an elementary school was exposed as a pill mill for drug addicts.

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Winter Park face Goldilocks gridlock when it comes to development

Too big, too small, or just right?

The Lakeside Crossing development set to be built on the Mt. Vernon Inn property took another step forward on Monday, but the city questions whether the project has been scaled back too much.

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Who should help vision Winter Park's future?

Who should help?

Who has the right to speak up about Winter Park’s vision of its future? The City Commission took another step toward its upcoming visioning process during its meeting last Monday.

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Funding to build wounded vet's house hits snafu

Snafu in funding

A new home in Winter Park intended for a wounded veteran may be on hold until a group of local entities can gather the funding and materials for construction. And time is soon running out.

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Boil water notice due to Winter Park water main break

Water main breaks

Residents getting water from Winter Park's water utility will need to boil tap water for the next 48 hours.

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Rollins mourns loss of Will Hauver

Lax player memorialized

Rollins College men’s lacrosse captain Will Hauver (class of 2015) passed away suddenly Monday afternoon.