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Tim Freed

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Winter Park plans next step for new library project

It passed, what's next?

The city and the Winter Park Public Library now turn their attention toward finding an architect.

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Undergrounding slows down in Winter Park

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.

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Park Plaza Gardens closes for renovations

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.

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Cooper, Library, Weldon win in Winter Park

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.

Open letter sent by Winter Park mayor raises questions

Motives questioned

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?

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Juvenile suspect arrested for Winter Park homicide

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.

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Winter Park Kmart plaza to get a facelift

New biz on the way

A neglected shopping plaza on the west end of Winter Park is set get a much-needed sprucing up – and the addition of some new tenants.

Hooded robber hits two Winter Park businesses

Hooded robber hits twice

Winter Park Police are keeping their ears to the ground for an armed robbery suspect with an interesting fashion statement.

Winter Park candidates talk ‘negative campaigning’ at final public forum

Candidates talk campaign tactics

Winter Park City Commission candidates sparred in the final public forum last Friday before the March 15 election day – a last look at the hopefuls that turned contentious as campaigns took parting shots.

Winter Park candidates talk public education

How to support the schools

Winter Park City Commission Candidates were asked for their thoughts on how to improve the quality and sustainability of local public schools on Feb. 12.

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Controversy swirls over Winter Park election contributions

Who's donating to whom

Controversy is swirling in Winter Park over recent contributions to a City Commission candidate – but could that be the case for all four of the City Commission hopefuls?

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Winter Park Commission candidates spar over business, parking woes

Take on the issues

Questions were tailored toward the business community and the city’s downtown core – specifically downtown parking now and in the future.

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Movement mounts against Winter Park library redevelopment

Residents weigh referendum

Winter Park resident Michael Poole is spearheading a movement alongside other residents against a new library planned for the northwest corner of Marin Luther King Jr. Park.

Two dead in Winter Park homicide

Shooting in Winter Park

A rare shooting occurred last night in Winter Park resulting in the deaths of two males – the first homicides the city has seen in two and a half years.

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Sex offender convicted after being arrested in Winter Park

Sex offender off the streets

A repeat sex offender in Winter Park was found guilty last Friday of performing a sex act on himself near children, receiving a sentence of two years in jail followed by one year of probation.

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Winter Park Commission candidates debate the issues

Debating the issues

Winter Park’s four City Commission candidates squared off for the first time Tuesday night as Rollins College hosted the first candidate forum of the 2016 Winter Park election.

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Winter Park jumps on board traffic technology initiative

Making traffic smarter?

A new system could change traffic light timing as it counts cars, adapting to traffic to make rush hours more bearable in Winter Park.

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Winter Park candidates to discuss issues at four forums

Debating the issues

Winter Park residents can get their first look at the four City Commission candidates at four upcoming candidate forums over the next two weeks.

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City attorney says Winter Park may have violated Sunshine laws

Breaking open gov't law?

Has Winter Park been violating the Sunshine law?

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Winter Park readies to vote on referendum for new library

To fund or not to fund?

What will it take for Winter Park’s plan for a new library and civic center to become a reality? It all comes down to a vote.

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Sinkhole settlement leaves more questions for Maitland resident

Settlement raises questions

They received a check earlier this month after signing for a settlement with their insurance company for $350,000 – a step toward normalcy after sitting above a sinkhole slowly swallowing their home.

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Winter Park board considers vacating Palmetto Avenue

How to make land more developable?

Winter Park might cut a road down to size if it means making a city property easier to sell.

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Winter Park sees decrease in red-light camera citations

Are cameras keeping us safer?

Winter Park Police Department records show that 2013 saw 17,971 citations issued. That number dropped to 16,687 in 2015.

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Park Avenue poet pushes back against street performer ordinance

Pushing back against ordinance

A teenage sidewalk poet on Park Avenue isn’t going quietly after Winter Park passed an ordinance that bans street performers along downtown sidewalks.

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Winter Park considers banning drive-throughs on Fairbanks

Ordering up a ban

Winter Park’s Planning and Zoning Board discussed a change to an ordinance on Tuesday that could ban restaurants with drive-through windows along West Fairbanks Avenue.

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West side Winter Parkers get free energy efficient upgrades

Free updates for those in need

West side Winter Park residents are learning how to save energy – and saving money while they’re at it.

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Winter Park passes street performer ordinance

Performers limited to park

Winter Park City Commissioners unanimously passed an ordinance during their Dec. 14 meeting that bans street performers from the sidewalks of Park Avenue.

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Maitland Boy Scout donates bikes to kids in need

Bikes for kids in need

A Maitland Boy Scout played Santa last week with a donation that’s been a year in the making.

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Preservation prevails in Winter Park

Historic ordinance passes

City Commissioners made a final vote on the historic preservation ordinance during Monday’s meeting, passing it by a vote of 3-2 with Commissioners Carolyn Cooper, Greg Seidel and Tom McMacken voting in favor.

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Winter Park restaurants continue push to go smoke free

Restaurants ban smoking

A smoke-free movement is growing among Winter Park restaurants. The movement was kicked off last April and has continued to grow since then.

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Pending projects could make Winter Park more bike-friendly

How to make city more bikeable

Two of Winter Park’s latest potential projects might lead to more connected and bike-friendly city.

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Burglary in Winter Park leads to neighborhood lockdown

Burglar shot in face

A Winter Park neighborhood was put on lockdown last week as police searched for a missing suspect caught in the act of burglarizing a home.

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Meet the candidates for local Winter Park, Maitland elections

Who's running for what

Two Winter Park City Commission seats and two Maitland City Council seats will be up for grabs in March, and candidates are already preparing to earn your vote.

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Winter Park works to control street performers

City to limit performers

Winter Park City Commissioners approved an ordinance on first reading on Nov. 23 that would regulate street performers to specific performance area.

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Winter Park philanthropist honored with award

Award named for Murrah

Late Winter Park resident Kenneth Murrah was honored with an award in his name for dedication to philanthropy.

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Winter Park takes next step to revamp preservation ordinance

Preserving the past

Winter Park City Commissioners aren’t budging on amending an ordinance that many residents believe could divide the community.

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Winter Park High principal wins arts award

Wins arts award

The Florida Music Educator Association recently honored Winter Park High School Principal Tim Smith as the Secondary Administrator of the Year.

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Winter Park plans for a new mini-park

New trail head

A vacant lot in Winter Park long left empty might become the city’s newest park.

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Winter Park tree policy sprouts controversy

Tree policy changes

Winter Park has found a potential way to rejuvenate its tree canopy faster and keep it healthier – but it might come at the expense of the tree canopy on the west side of the city.

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Winter Park Commission makes first vote on historic preservation ordinance

Ordinance gets first pass

Property rights and historic preservation clashed on Monday night as Winter Park City Commissioners took their first look at a new controversial historic preservation ordinance – and made several policy-shaking votes.

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Winter Park considers regulating street performers

Regulating street musicians

Street musicians performing in downtown Winter Park might have to face the music and move elsewhere if a proposed city ordinance becomes law.

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Attempted homicide on Halloween in Winter Park

Suspect on the loose

A man was shot near Pennsylvania Avenue on Halloween night – and Winter Park Police are still searching for an attempted murder suspect on the loose.

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Voters may get say in funding for new Winter Park library

Voters may fund new library

The decision as to whether a new Winter Park Public Library will be constructed or not may lie in the hands of voters this March.

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Eatonville votes to reinstate police chief

Town Council votes

After five hours of deliberation and combing through evidence, Eatonville resident Eric McIntyre was reinstated as chief of police on Tuesday after receiving notice that he was fired last Tuesday.

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Winter Parker Sean Holcomb competes in songwriter competition

Winter Parker competes

Winter Parker Sean Holcomb will compete for a trip to Nashville on Wednesday in the 103.1 The Wolf Songwriter Rounds competition finals.

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Eatonville fires police chief after a month

Terminated after a month

Eatonville’s newest police chief was fired on Tuesday after just a month on the job, but the chief isn’t going down without a fight.

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Winter Park works on historic preservation ordinance

How to preserve it?

A process roughly two years in the making is finally near an end as the Winter Park Historic Preservation Board voted last Wednesday to approve a draft of the newly crafted historic preservation ordinance.

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Dump truck triggers SunRail wreck in Winter Park

Ninth SunRail vs. vehicle accident

A SunRail train struck yet another vehicle – this time in Winter Park – last Thursday in an incident that may have caused the most damage yet since the rail line’s inception.

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Winter Park residents ask for rezoning to city schools

Residents want rezoning

Does Winter Park have enough schools for its students? One neighborhood has come together in pursuit of a common goal: to put their children in the Winter Park school system.

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Sidewalk project feared unsafe in Winter Park

Where sidewalks end

A planned sidewalk project meant to make one Winter Park neighborhood safer might instead create new hazards for children walking to Brookshire Elementary School.