Service To Our Community
Mayor’s Message – March 2019
Serving as an elected official is an honor and a responsibility. Unlike other cities, Winter Park is not divided into districts. We are elected at large, representing each one of you, regardless of your address. While I am privileged to serve as your mayor and chair of the Winter Park City Commission, I am but a single vote of the commission. Winter Park has a commission/manager form of government, which means the city commission makes decisions and is primarily responsible for setting city policy. It is the responsibility of City Manager Randy Knight, through his staff, to implement these policies and ensure high-quality city services are delivered.
Every year we go through an election process. In 2019, City Commission Seats 3 & 4 are up for re-election. Congratulations to Commissioner Carolyn Cooper who recently retained Seat 3 and will serve for the next three years. Seat 4, currently held by Vice Mayor Pete Weldon, will go through the election process and will be determined by voters on Tuesday, March 12. In March 2020, City Commission Seats 1 & 2, and in 2021 the mayor’s seat, respectively, will be open for your vote. I encourage you to become more involved in this process, especially younger residents who may believe the time constraints are too burdensome. It is incredibly important to the continued success of Winter Park, that the make-up of our city commission reflects the composition of our community.
As mayor, I have been fortunate to have community leaders on both sides, physically and philosophically, who have come together to set an optimistic path forward for our city. It is essential to have a city commission with a variety of interests and passions, yet hold the common thread of love for our city. City staff has provided reams of supporting documentation and has implemented our policies and decisions.
In just the past three years we have:
- added parkland [55+ acres of Howell Creek]
- undergrounded powerlines [currently working on undergrounding the overhead lines on Fairbanks Avenue between Harper Street & Interstate 4]
- renovated city facilities [Fire Station 64, tennis center, golf course, Showalter Field]
- improved traffic flow [Lee Road Extension, Denning Drive]
- planted trees [city rights of way and parks]
- invested in our parks [Mead Botanical Garden, Cady Way]
All of these have been done without raising your millage rate and could not have been done without the team you know as your city commission and city staff. As well, I would like to thank our county, state, and federally elected and appointed officials for their availability. Many of the projects during my tenure as mayor, are the result of policies, actions, and funding resourced from these partners.
Thank you to Pete, Carolyn, Sarah, and Greg for your commitment, collaboration and respect for one another, city staff, businesses and most importantly, our residents and neighbors.
Steve Leary, Mayor
City of Winter Parkby