Tom Childers

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Trees and Power: Undergrounding Coming Soon

Will your neighborhood power lines be safely buried underground before next year’s hurricane season? After months of study, city engineers have the answer. On August 13, Electric Department Director Jerry Warren released the results of a months-long study of Winter Park’s tree canopy. The electric department’s goal was to rank segments of the city’s power […]

Will Police & Fire Pensions Survive the Recession?

Pension stories these days often depict a fiscal landscape in which city and state budgets all across America are in flames — a landscape where public employees are feeling the heat of taxpayer anger over benefits they can no longer afford. In news reports and official studies, pundits and politicians call out public employees — […]

Trees & Power: The Good. The Bad. The Necessary?

City officials will not soon forget the third week in April when half of Winter Park woke up in a bad mood. It was the week officials learned that photos of their deep v-cut trimming of the city’s much-loved oak canopy had gone viral. Images of radically trimmed oaks on Winter Park Road and elsewhere […]

Will Park Ave Zoning Change Plan Be Revived?

The city’s Economic Development Advisory Board (EDAB) is looking to inject a bit of life into the semi-deserted Park Avenue block just south of City Hall — by adding businesses that used to have a hard time getting approved for the avenue. A recent P&Z staff report supported the EDAB recommendation characterizing the five retail spaces on […]