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Tim Freed

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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.

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Winter Park dentist arrested for Medicaid fraud

Dentist arrested

A Winter Park dentist was arrested last month after allegedly making more than $5,500 in fraudulent claims to Medicaid for procedures that were never performed on her child patients.

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Winter Park man arrested for attempted murder at Wawa

Man arrested for attempted murder

A Winter Park man was arrested last Wednesday after shooting at two men outside a Wawa gas station, just moments after asking them for a cigarette.

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Winter Park and Maitland hold millage rates steady

Cities keep taxes steady

Winter Park and Maitland both held the line on their millage rates on Monday as the city officials voted to keep tax rates steady from last year.

Winter Park debates fate of Progress Point site

Debating property's fate

A proposal to place an assisted living/memory care facility at the former Progress Point site along Orange Avenue received mixed reactions last week.

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Plans in motion to give Winter Park a revamped YMCA

YMCA expanding

Winter Park’s Crosby YMCA is getting torn down and rebuilt – part of a larger facility and partnership that focuses on overall health.

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Missing Marine's gravesite found in Winter Park

Grave found in Winter Park

The long search for the remains of a fallen U.S. Marine has recently ended in the city of culture and heritage – and it all started with a watch and a knife.

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Powered wheelchair goes up in flames in Winter Park

Malfunction causes blaze

A faulty electric wheelchair was the culprit in a Winter Park house fire last week, leaving behind melted plastic and questions regarding the safety of certain electric wheelchairs.

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Park Avenue's parallel to get a makeover

Street to get a makeover

New York Avenue is set to get a facelift – an effort to bring the charm of Park Avenue to another downtown Winter Park road.

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Winter Park prepares to tap reserves for golf course renovations

Taping reserves for renovations

Winter Park has set aside money to renovate the Winter Park County Club, though from a controversial source.

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Winter Park celebrates wounded vet's homecoming

Wounded vet moves in

Last week, Sgt. First Class Bacary Sambou of the United States Army was given the keys to his new Winter Park home – a donation that’s been more than a year in the making.

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Winter Park Commission agrees to add new officers

Adding to the force

Winter Park is looking to hire two new police officers as part of its budget for the upcoming fiscal year – a response to ongoing crime within the city.

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Winter Park hospital gets green light for expansion

Hospital to grow

Winter Park Memorial Hospital is officially expanding its facilities – looking to meet the needs of a growing local population.

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Dog shooting aftermath echos in Winter Park

Dog shooting spurs action

For one pet owner, it was an unjustified attack on her dog. For one gun owner, it was simply an act of self-defense.

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Bookmark your calendar for WPPL's Bash for Books

Check it out

The Winter Park Public Library is hoping the local community will come check out its 11th annual Bash for Books event to raise money for library programming.

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Winter Park board approves assisted living facility

More seniors moving in?

An assisted living facility project planned in Winter Park might be the latest addition to the six-way intersection of Orange Avenue, Denning Drive and Minnesota Avenue.

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Winter Park Playhouse works to fund permanent home

Funding the theater

The Winter Park Playhouse is facing budget battles as it works to make its home permanent before curtain call.

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Winter Park Police Department marks turnover in force

Shifting deputies

The Winter Park Police Department has promoted its third deputy chief in six months, part of a wave of high-ranking officers who have recently departed or announced their imminent retirement.

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Winter Park votes to shrink Denning Drive

Smaller road, safer cyclists?

Local residents are torn between safety and limiting traffic problems as one project aiming to make a Winter Park road more pedestrian-friendly takes its first steps forward.

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Winter Park gets its first bike-share stop

City gets bike-share stop

Juice Bike Share will be opening up its first bike station for use in Winter Park at the Valencia College campus off of Morse Boulevard later this month.

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Winter Park officials debate controlling media access

Restricting board members?

A proposal to potentially restrict how Winter Park’s advisory board members speak to news media was raised during a meeting last month between two city officials.

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Winter Park approves updating 1960s fire station

New bay for fire station

A new fire engine bay planned for an outdated station in Winter Park may be the fire department’s latest method to get to emergencies faster.

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Winter Park and Maitland mull over raising millage rates

Maitland votes for increase

After raising taxes for the first time in seven years last year, Maitland is on its way to bumping rates again. Across city lines, Winter Park City Commissioners also considered an uptick in the millage on Monday.

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Winter Park considers adding more police officers

Paying for more police

A discussion broke out among City Commissioners on Monday about whether or not the city should unfreeze four positions in the Winter Park Police Department – a measure that might be needed to keep up with the city’s crime.

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A not-so-clean getaway after Winter Park robbery

Purse snatcher throws bleach

One Orlando resident is behind bars after committing an alleged robbery in Winter Park with an unusual weapon.

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FBI nabs former Winter Park businessman for fraud

Former Winter Parker arrested

A former Winter Park businessman has been arrested in Texas for alleged fraud, a crime he became known for in the city of culture and heritage.

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Residents find themselves priced out of Winter Park

Lack of affordable housing

The approval of a new townhome development in Winter Park on Monday in place of an existing neighborhood has left a burning question: Is Winter Park affordable for everyone?

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Winter Park Memorial announces expansion plans

Hospital looks to grow

Winter Park Memorial Hospital is looking to expand – a reaction to the area’s growing senior population.

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Winter Park plants trees to honor centenarians

Honoring centenarians

Winter Park is planting a new policy rooted in honoring the city’s oldest residents.

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Lake Baldwin Park pet memorial put on hold

Park pet tribute on hold

A tribute to Winter Park’s departed pets set for Lake Baldwin Park is resting in peace for now, as Florida officials ruled the memorial was prohibited in the park.

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Storm causes tree troubles in Winter Park

Tree crashes down

One Winter Park family is without a home after a tree fell onto their house along Douglas Avenue last month.

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Winter Park Library may move to MLK Park

Relocating to MLK Park?

The Winter Park Library Facility Task Force gave its final presentation on a new public library to Winter Park City Commissioners on Monday after a year of intensive research and meetings.

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Demolition begins on the Mt. Vernon Inn

Demolition begins

Winter Park said goodbye to a cherished landmark on Monday as demolition began of the Mt. Vernon Inn, making way for a new development in its place along U.S. Highway 17-92.

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Winter Park moves Fairbanks makeover plans forward

Making over city gateway

Winter Park has taken yet another step to spruce up one of its most neglected corridors along Fairbanks Avenue.

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Man arrested for selling explosives in Winter Park

Situation defused

A Casselberry man was arrested by federal agents last Thursday after he was caught selling homemade explosive devices in Winter Park.

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Winter Park Country Club could get major makeover

Plans for mega renovations

The golf course Nick Faldo has called “Winter Park National” is on the verge of getting a professional makeover – and a few new features.

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Winter Park second guesses Lee Road extension

Questioning an extension

Winter Park could be coming closer to a new Whole Foods Market location and an extension of Lee Road to help traffic along U.S. Highway 17-92, but it may come at a great financial risk to the city.

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Wounded vet to soon recieve home in Winter Park

Vet's house almost finished

A year-long effort to give a wounded U.S. Army veteran a new house in Winter Park has reached the home stretch, with construction completed and the site nearly ready for the home’s installation.