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Tim Freed

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Winter Park Commission candidates spar in public forum

Naylor and Seidel debate

Incumbent Greg Seidel and challenger Wes Naylor squared off in a candidate forum hosted by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce at the Winter Park Welcome Center on Friday, Feb. 10.

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Winter Park suffers spike of car burglaries in January

Burglary numbers rise

Statistics from the Winter Park Police Department shows that last month’s rash of car burglaries in Orwin Manor was just the tip of the iceberg.

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Winter Park rules city overextended legal reach into private property

Board reverses city order

Seniors at the Village Park Senior apartment complex said they were desperate for more parking, but does Winter Park have the right to intervene?

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Winter Park Police arrest suspects tied to SunTrust card skimmer

Police find skimmer device

Surveillance footage from a SunTrust Bank on New York Avenue led to the arrest of two suspects found with an alleged card-skimming device.

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Winter Park discusses public safety on Cady Way, Park Avenue

City looks at safety

The crosswalks along Park Avenue are just one area Winter Park is looking at in regards to pedestrian safety.

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Seidel, Naylor square off for Winter Park City Commission seat

Seidel, Naylor square off

The race for Seat 1 on the Winter Park City Commission begins. Here's a quick look at the two candidates and their big campaign issues.

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Winter Parkers fight off commercial parking in neighborhood

Phil Kean request denied

One Winter Park neighborhood was just one vote away from seeing a backyard turned into a parking strip.

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Bike- and walk-ability projects could slow Winter Park firefighters

Deputy fire chief speaks

Some Winter Park emergency responders say that bike lanes and walking paths are putting them in a pinch, forcing them to find alternate routes to meet set response times.

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Massive Winter Park Ravaudage project moving again

After slowdown

It’s been years in the making, but Ravaudage is picking up steam – and finally showing visible signs of progress.

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Library legal fight has cost Winter Park $200,000

Taxes for defense

“The $200,000 that this lawsuit has cost the citizens of Winter Park is really just the tip of the iceberg.”

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Suspicious package threat shuts down part of Winter Park

Suspicious package

Police called in the bomb squad, using a robot to investigate a suspicious package found near Winter Park's downtown core Wednesday afternoon. The package was later deemed non-dangerous.

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Winter Park sees first bank robbery since August 2014

Bank robbery on Park Avenue

Park Avenue was the site of the Winter Park’s first bank robbery since August 2014 on Friday, Dec. 30, at around 5 p.m. at SunTrust Bank.

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Tree trimmers threaten Winter Parkers with fines

Tree trimmers strongarm residents

A tree trimming company going door-to-door in Winter Park is leaving residents wary, claiming that locals will face city fines unless they are hired on the spot.

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Winter Park seeks help to sell properties

Lee Road land unused

A property purchased by Winter Park along Lee Road two years ago still remains vacant and unsold, but the city hopes that will change soon.

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UCF Knights fall to Red Wolves in AutoNation Cure Bowl

Knights fall to Red Wolves

The game was set to be a defensive battle between the two teams, but the Knights quickly let the game come out of reach within the first quarter due to costly mistakes.

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Eatonville elects councilwoman, passes charter changes

Davis wins council seat

Former Eatonville Council member Marilyn Davis-Sconions won the election for Seat Five after a special election on Dec. 10, defeating opponent Barbara King-Loyd with 58.50 percent of the votes.

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Gardner Eckbert lands Winter Park Chamber’s top spot

Chamber's new prez

The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce has found its new President/CEO.

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New Winter Park library can be built in MLK Park, judge says

Can be built in MLK Park

The saga regarding where Winter Park’s new library should be built closed its final chapter this week, as a judge ruled on Tuesday that the library can be constructed in Martin Luther King Jr. Park.

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Residents push back against Winter Park Dunkin’ Donuts

Project raises Fairbanks questions

Some local residents aren't pleased with a Dunkin' Donuts planned for Faribanks Avenue in Winter Park, leading to questions about what the major road will look like in years to come.

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Three teens arrested in Winter Park student's death

Teen suspects arrested

Three juveniles have been arrested in connection with the death of 15-year-old Winter Park High School student Roger Trindade.

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Eatonville evaluates redevelopment plans

Picking a plan

The duel between two developers seeking Eatonville’s prized property is reaching its conclusion.

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New boutique hotel planned in Winter Park

Hotel could address need

A new hotel is planned for Winter Park - a potential boost for local tourism in the city.

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Winter Park sees spike in red light camera revenue

Camera revenue increases

Winter Park saw an increase of $227,403 in red-light camera revenue this fiscal year, causing city leaders to wonder why.

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Rollins resident hall tests positive for high lead content

Rollins discovers lead in water

Rollins College announced on Nov. 10 that water from McKean Hall contained traces of lead exceeding federal quality limits, raising health fears.

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Proposed Park Avenue project would seek 200 additional spaces

Project raises concerns

A three-story, mixed-use building set for a lot near Park Avenue has local business owners concerned about the balance in available parking.

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Lack of answers frustrates Winter Park teen's mourners

Residents mourn Trindade

A vigil held on Tuesday marked one month since Winter Park teen Roger Trindade was found unconscious in Central Park. He was declared brain dead and taken off life support two days later.

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Winter Park sees largest burglary spike in years

September sees spike

The month of September alone saw 26 residential burglaries in Winter Park, causing police to up their neighborhood patrols.

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Local attorney arrested after alleged Lake Maitland boat chase

Attorey charged with reckless boating

An alleged high-speed boat chase on Lake Maitland Sunday looked like something out of a movie, according to Winter Park Police.

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Stephanie Murphy ousts 12-term U.S. Rep. John Mica

12-term incumbent

Republican John Mica’s 24-year-long tenure as a U.S. Congressman came to an end on Tuesday.

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Spruce Creek spoils Winter Park homecoming game

First half dooms Wildcats

Winter Park had its triumphant return to Showalter Field spoiled on Saturday as the team fell to Spruce Creek 14-9, the result of a stagnant first half for the ’Cats on both sides of the ball.

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Eatonville seeks to sell Hungerford School property

Critical Eatonville land for sale

The roughly 94 acres of land surrounding the old Hungerford High School is up for sale — the future site of a development project that could shape the future of Eatonville.

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Residents question public participation in Winter Park comp plan revision

Winter Park revising comp plan

In case you missed it, Winter Park is in the midst of revising one of its most important city documents – one that determines the city’s goals and direction for years to come.

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Winter Park votes to designate Rev. Jerry Hall’s home historic

Hall's home deemed historic

What makes a home truly historic? The way a building captures your attention with uncommon architecture? Or the legacy left behind by the person who once called that house home?

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Judge ruling could end Winter Park Library issue

Library locaton could be determined

A circuit court judge could give a ruling next month that would ultimately determine the location of Winter Park's new library, putting the ongoing controversy to rest.

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Winter Park teen dead after fight in Central Park

Winter Park student dead

A Winter Park High School student is dead after a violent altercation in Winter Park's Central Park Saturday night ― a tragedy that may have been caused by a separate group of Winter Park High School students.

Winter Park business owner accused of scamming the elderly

Woman preyed on elderly victims

June Andriulaitis of Winter Park was arrested by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement last week, accused of scamming elderly timeshare victims.

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Police seek assailants in Park Ave death

WPHS students suspected

Winter Park Police are in search of multiple suspects after 15-year-old Winter Park High School student was found beaten unconscious in Central Park Saturday night.

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Hurricane set off short-lived crime spree

Cities saw trees lost, crime

Hurricane Matthew has come and gone, but it still left its mark on Winter Park and Maitland, including a short rash of car burglaries.

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Winter Park Golf Course reopens, but fees double

New course means new cost

The city of Winter Park celebrated the reopening of the redesigned Winter Park Country Club golf course recently, but does that justify the increase in membership fees?

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Fight over library location rages on

City seeks MLK location

Winter Park’s ongoing library location saga took yet another turn late last month as motions recently filed by Chief Assistant State Attorney Richard Wallsh were withdrawn.

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Winter Park board ponders over memory care

City talks memory care

Does Winter Park have a need for more memory care centers for seniors? If so, then they aren’t coming easy.

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Assistant state attorney contends new library location never set in stone

MLK site in question

An effort to keep Winter Park’s new library out of Martin Luther King Jr. Park may have just received its biggest boost yet – thanks to an assistant state attorney.

Unrelated Winter Park robbers wore suit, Jimmy John’s uniform

Suspects in disguise

Appearances can be deceiving. A Winter Park Metro PCS Store and a local resident learned that the hard way last week.

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Deltona commissioner offers workshops for Winter Park cat issues

Are fines the answer?

A Deltona City Commissioner told Winter Park on Monday that fining residents for feeding cats isn't the answer to their cat problems.

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A roundabout on 17-92? It's in the plans

Developer seeks ambitious project

Local developers Demetree Global are looking to develop the six-way intersection of Orlando, Orange and Harmon avenues – a project that all starts with a roundabout.

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Renaming a park after a tarnished legacy

City staff fetching ideas

City Commissioners discussed giving Lake Baldwin Park a new name last Monday after Commissioner Carolyn Cooper suggested its current name isn’t fitting of Winter Park.

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Winter Park considers fine for feeding Mead Garden cats

City talks stray cats

City Commissioners tried to quell a cat problem on Monday when they approved a new city ordinance on first reading that fines anyone caught feeding feral cats in Mead Botanical Garden.

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Global Peace Film Festival kicks off

Festival to honor late chairman

The Global Peace Film Festival will bring together people from all walks of life from Sept. 19 to Sept. 25 to showcase a series of films meant to inspire peace and love throughout the world.

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Winter Parkers defend west side residential lot

Residents seek preservation

What started as a rezoning request for a parking lot turned into a greater discussion of the state of the west side of Winter Park during Tuesday's Planning and Zoning Meeting.

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Winter Park looks to increase new tree funding

Budget set for increase

Winter Park hopes to plant new trees and maintain its existing ones with a boost in funding.