Chief moves on
It’s difficult for Winter Park Police Chief Brett Railey to wrap his head around it: the fact that he will wake up next Monday morning and not put on his uniform.
Parents battle FSA
Fourteen families are still fighting to have their children move on to fourth grade after refusing to take the FSA — a test deemed unnecessary and secretive by parents.
New chief withdraws
Dallas Police Department Deputy Chief Vernon Hale has had a change of heart, informing the city he will not be taking over as the new Winter Park Police Chief.
Hostage escapes from husband
It began with a single word via text massage: “help.”
City picks Dallas deputy chief
Winter Park has found its new police chief in Dallas Police Department Narcotics Division Deputy Chief Vernon Hale, who was interviewed last week and accepted the job offer.
Park plans proceed
Martin Luther King Jr. Park remains the official site for the new Winter Park library/civic center – for now.
Library petitioners to speak
The struggle over the location of a new library/civic center in Winter Park will reach a turning point on Monday as Winter Park residents will defend their stance of keeping the new facility out of MLK Park.
Resident reaches 100
Winter Parker centenarian Elmer Brown has seen the world from a Navy repair ship, and says he never lost a boxing match.
Cities set tax rates
With a traffic-calming measure proposed by a commissioner, money to pay for it voted down.
Casa Feliz director steps down
Betsy Owens will be leaving her position at Friends of Casa Feliz after 12 years of promoting historic preservation.
Planning for the future
Winter Park set its eyes on the future for decades to come last Monday as the City Commission voted to accept a new vision – a series of statements that guide the city when crafting new policies.
Bike share gets flat tire
A growing bike share program has a flat tire in the city of culture and heritage, but one Winter Park board is hoping to get it pedaling forward once again.
Community comes together
Winter Park took a moment on Tuesday to reflect on the lives lost in the deadliest shooting in U.S. history – one month after 49 lives were tragically cut short so close to home.
A new way to walk
Winter Park and Maitland residents might have a new conservation trail to look forward to – and it could give some students a new route to get to school.
West Winter Park evoloving
Winter Park residents on the west side of the city called into question the direction their neighborhoods are headed during last Monday's City Commission meeting.
Ladybird project raises questions
The issue of whether or not the city of culture and heritage has enough room for its preschoolers came up during the Winter Park City Commission meeting last Monday.
Painter tests new law
Mary Martin has the chance to paint a gem in Winter Park only available with permission from the city: the sidewalks of Park Avenue.
Project pushed aside
A Winter Park property now out for bid was the proposed site for Comstock Garden.
Preservation laws changed
The Winter Park City Commission voted to amend its historic preservation ordinance during its meeting last Monday – undoing the changes voted through by the Commission last December meant to better protect historic homes in the 134-year-old city.
Lake Lillian gets a lift
City officials and residents gathered at Mead Botanical Garden last Thursday to celebrate the restoration of one acre of the Lake Lillian wetlands, as well as a new boardwalk path opening to the public.
Winter Park mourns victims
The ceremony at Knowles Memorial Chapel gave locals a chance to reflect on the loss of life and what happens next for a hurting city.
Town gets free Wi-Fi
The new cutting edge data center in Eatonville will feature rooftop solar panels, 10 megawatts of electrical power, a 3-point check-in security process and enough building reinforcement to withstand a Category 5 hurricane.
Night crosses stage
Trinity Prep senior and lacrosse star John Michael Night received roaring applause for standing and walking at his own graduation, six months after tragedy struck.
Park Avenue addition
A development project for a 53,000-square-foot, three-story office building combined with retail, restaurant space, and basement parking is being pursued by Battaglia Group Management, LLC.
A generous gift
Pieces of a puzzle can fall into place in the strangest yet most wonderful ways – just ask Winter Park Chamber of Commerce CEO/President Patrick Chapin.
Park petition pointless?
An effort by Winter Park residents to keep the city’s new library out of Martin Luther King Jr. Park might be a pointless endeavor – at least that’s what the city contends.
City seeks quality
The city’s Economic Development Advisory Board recently discussed what’s gone wrong along U.S. Highway 17-92 and what went right with Park Avenue.
Devices a concern?
Winter Park City Commissioners briefly discussed a flying nuisance at the end of their meeting on May 9.
Steps down as CEO
Winter Park Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Patrick Chapin announced his resignation from the Chamber earlier today, May 18.
Arrest made after shooting
A suspect connected to a recent Winter Park homicide was arrested last Thursday by Winter Park Police.
Request raises questions
A simple request for a black aluminum gate turned into a greater discussion of how architectural rules should be set within historic areas of the city.
Seniors fought same battle
For two seniors living in Longwood, a world war is simply water under the bridge – despite the two men fighting for opposing sides 70 years ago.
Petition could change project
A group of Winter Park residents are on the verge of pushing a petition to prohibit the new library from being built in Martin Luther King Jr. Park.
Property overpaid for?
Winter Park may have a potential buyer for the former Booby Trap property – a transaction that would still leave the city $160,000 in the hole.
In two days
Winter Park saw two shootings in two days earlier this week, with one resulting in the third homicide the city has seen this year.
No chickens for Winter Park
Did the Winter Park City Commission lay an egg during their last meeting? Pro-chicken residents in Winter Park would argue “yes.”
Driven out as construction starts
The restoration process of Winter Park’s cherished 100-year-old golf course is ahead of schedule, but Country Club employees were caught off guard when the city unexpectedly laid them off.
WPPD ups enforcement
In the coming weeks Winter Park police officers won’t hesitate to write you a ticket. The reason? To send an important message.
How to reuse the library
Winter Park City Commissioners directed staff during their Monday meeting to look into the existing Winter Park Public Library property as a potential site for City Hall down the road.
Residents talk preservation
Changes to Winter Park’s historic preservation ordinance are picking up steam – but some residents are urging the City Commission to slam on the brakes.
Historic preservation is back for debate before the City Commission, but will Commissioners continue to agree to disagree?
Certain kinds OK
Winter Park’s Planning and Zoning Board took a step toward allowing certain kinds of fast food along Fairbanks Avenue on Tuesday.
Reopening the ordinance
It didn’t take long for newly-elected Winter Park City Commissioner Peter Weldon to come through on one of his biggest campaign promises.
Grant charged with fraud
Eatonville Mayor Anthony Grant and two co-conspirators were arrested this week charged with voter fraud in connection with the 2015 mayoral election in Eatonville.
It passed, what's next?
The city and the Winter Park Public Library now turn their attention toward finding an architect.
How to speed up the process
A report card released by the city for the year 2015 shows that Winter Park has fallen short of its goal of 5 miles of undergrounding per year, only reaching just over 3 miles.
Park Plaza closes
One of Winter Park’s most fabled restaurants has temporarily closed its doors – the result of wear and tear on a building that’s more than a century old.
Landslide and nail-biter
The votes are in – and it was close. Winter Park City Commissioner Carolyn Cooper defended her seat and Winter Park will get a new library.
The mayor of Winter Park wants you to think twice about the city’s new historic preservation ordinance – but was there an ulterior motive behind his recent open letter to residents?
Homicide suspect in custody
A juvenile suspect has been arrested in connection with the first homicide case Winter Park has seen in two and a half years.