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  • 04 May 2008 9:26 AM | CPNA Administrator (Administrator)

    College Park Neighborhood Association
    Monthly Meeting
    Agenda – May 5, 2008 – 7:00 PM
    College Park Community Center

    Call to order, opening remarks and visitor welcome -- David Rose, President

    Commissioner’s Corner --  City Commissioner Robert Stuart
       - Various issues including Dubsdread golf course update

    Guest speaker --  Orange County Commissioners Segal
      - Crime on the Edges of College Park

    Guest speaker -- School Board Member Anne Geiger

    Approval of last meeting’s minutes -- Miles Hardy

    Treasurer’s report -- Monarcha Marcet (including checking account update)

    President’s Report -- David Rose

    Old Business
     Adrian La Sala -- Website update 

     Bob Carr/Jim Pruett --Edgewater Drive Vision Taskforce update
     (May meeting are 8th 3:30pm at City Hall and the 22nd 7:00pm at Edgewater  High School Media Center)
    New Business & Committee Reports 
    Question and answer session

  • 01 May 2008 9:49 AM | CPNA Administrator (Administrator)

    The Edgewater Drive Vision Task Force is an advisory board to the City of Orlando Administration that is exploring many aspects of Edgewater drive. The board is made up of citizens that have the ultimate goal of providing a clear vision for the future of Edgewater drive.

    There are several resources on the City of Orlando's site:

    • The Main Page
      This is the central point for information about the Task Force.
    • Preamble
      This document introduces the task force.
    • Members
      See who is on the board.
    • Meetings
      This page provides the Agendas and Minutes of meetings. Reading through the minutes is a great way to get caught up on what is going on.
    • Survey
      Be sure to let your voice be heard! There is a survey soliciting input from the community.

    While this process has been going on since late 2007, there are still a few meetings left. These have been added to our Calendar.

    We hope to see you at the meetings!

  • 28 Apr 2008 2:41 PM | CPNA Administrator (Administrator)

    By Miles S. Hardy, Princeton/Smith Corridor Committee Chair

    Twenty years ago the College Park Neighborhood Association was born. It came into being as a neighborhood response to a new road, the Silver Star re-alignment, which threatened to change the quiet residential nature of Princeton and Smith streets. Today we know this road as the continuation of Princeton Street past Orange Blossom Trail. On our Association's 20th anniversary it is ironic that we once again find ourselves concerned about the potential impact upon our community resulting from development just beyond our western border.

    Nearly a year ago the City approved permits and zoning for a 24-hour Super Wal-Mart at the Princeton Street and John Young Parkway intersection. This spurred the formation of the Princeton/Smith Corridor Committee. The Committee had humble beginnings. Ten residents met in a garage one evening and shared their concerns for College Park.

    The following mission statement was established:

    1. Enforce the current speed limits and the current restrictions prohibiting large trucks from intruding the corridor. 
    2. Establish a system to monitor traffic within the corridor.
    3. Develop a plan involving citizens and the city to protect the corridor in the future.

    These are some of the Committee’s accomplishment over the past year:
    The Princeton/Smith Corridor Committee has held regular meetings on the first Wednesday of each month. City Commissioner Robert Stuart, City Transportation Engineering Division Manager Charles Ramdatt and Orlando Police Department Traffic Safety Coordinator Sheryl Bradley have spoken at our meetings.

    The College Park Neighborhood Association has welcomed the Princeton/Smith Corridor Committee into the Association as a standing committee.

    With City Commissioner Stuart's invaluable support, a real-time traffic monitoring system has been permanently installed in the road bed where Reading intersects with Princeton and Smith streets. This system records date, time, speed, and vehicle classification of each motorcycle, car, pick-up truck or semi-truck which passes over its sensors and will transmit the data to the City’s Traffic Monitoring Center. Testing of the system is being conducted at this time.

    New truck signs have been installed at the east and west entrances of the corridor prohibiting trucks with more than two axles.

    In the future, the Orlando Police Department will implement a campaign of 'targeted enforcement' which will use data provided by the Traffic Monitoring System to send officers into the corridor at the optimum day and time to achieve maximized enforcement effectiveness. The Traffic Monitoring System will also identify and quantify any significant changes in the nature of traffic within the corridor.

    Phase Three
    The Corridor Committee is beginning to work on phase three of its mission by collecting ideas and suggestions which will influence drivers:

    • Yard signs and magnetic bumper stickers should encourage local residents to be respectful of their neighbors and aware of children at play.
    • Tinting of the asphalt, to create the illusion of a narrowing roadway, should cause infrequent travelers of the corridor to slow down.
    • Letters to local trucking companies may help reduce truck intrusions.
    • Monitoring the Municipal Planning Board agenda will alert the committee of new developments which could impact traffic on the corridor. The City Council should specifically require new developments to keep their larger trucks out of the corridor as a condition of permit and zoning approval.

    More ideas will be gathered and ultimately a plan for the ongoing maintenance of the corridor will be presented to the City.

    When I undertook this task, I estimated that it would take about two years to accomplish. I think the project is on schedule and has an excellent chance of success.

  • 24 Apr 2008 10:46 PM | CPNA Administrator (Administrator)

    Dear Friends:

    Please join me and my staff for the inaugural City of Orlando District 3 Picnic taking place on Saturday, May 10th from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. We are holding the picnic in conjunction with the dedication of Orlando’s newest green space, Orlando Cultural Park, located in the Loch Haven area at 530 East Princeton Street.

    This picnic is a way for me to say thanks to all of the active residents of District 3 for their contributions to our community and our City Beautiful. 

    There will be food, entertainment, a disc jockey, bounce house, slide, face painting, presentations by OFD and OPD and fun activities for the whole family. Please come and join us for this event where you can have fun, learn about your City and meet some neighbors at the same time!

    Free Parking will be provided nearby at both the Florida Hospital and Orlando Science Center garages.  Please look for signs directing you to these areas on the day of the event.  If you have any other questions, please feel free to call my office at 407-246-2003. 

    Thanks and I look forward to seeing you on the 10th!


           Robert F. Stuart, Commissioner, District 3
           City of Orlando
           400 S. Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL  32801

  • 24 Apr 2008 4:09 PM | CPNA Administrator (Administrator)

    In early March, three neighborhoods were welcomed into the Orlando Main Streets program: Downtown College Park Partnership, Ivanhoe Village Main Street, and Parramore Village Main Street. The Main Street Program is a City of Orlando revitalization program for neighborhood commercial “main streets.”

    The Downtown College Park Partnership announced the award on their website. We are certain it took a great deal of hard work to get selected and congratulate all the groups on being chosen.

    Our neighbors immediately to our east, the Ivanhoe Village Main Street, are throwing a party on April 26th, 2008 from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM to celebrate. The event will be behind Washburn Imports at 1800 N. Orange Avenue, and will feature music, food, and libations.

    As they are immediately on our borders, we will likely benefit from their main street revitalization as well. Please stop by and enjoy the celebration!


  • 21 Apr 2008 3:23 PM | CPNA Administrator (Administrator)

    Come join us for a wonderful evening of fine food, wine & beer and fun.  The event will again be at the home of Janice & Joe Nisbett, with great views of Lake Silver.
    Mayor Buddy Dyer and principal Rob Anderson will be speaking  and a Chinese Auction will be held, featuring some nice restaurant certificates, gift baskets & services.  In addition there will be a special raffle for a Signed Gator Football by Coach Urban Meyer.

    The Edgewater HS Foundation supports the school and students by funding educational programs it identifies in conjunction with the Principal.  For example it recently funded the start-up cost for an Academic Resource Center to provide tutoring for any child who needs it along with other academic support.  In addition, it annually awards scholarship ( 2 -3 year ) money to deserving students who will be attending a community or vocational college after graduation.  Finally, it is working to establish an endowment that will be able to continue to provide financial support for the academic programs of the school.
    The foundation is a 501 (c) (3) organization
    Tickets are $75 per person or $150 per couple. All proceeds will benefit the Edgewater High School Foundation

    For Tickets:
    EHS front desk – Mrs. Pressley
    Gerry Connolly 407-648-0882  or
    Roger Paladino  407-765-0140  or

    Kindly RSVP by May 2nd.

  • 07 Apr 2008 3:28 PM | CPNA Administrator (Administrator)

    By David Rose, President

    WHEW ! ! ! The College Park Neighborhood Association just finished one of its biggest events of the year, Sunday in the Park. It was an absolutely fabulous event with thousands of neighbors joining together for a relaxing Sunday afternoon in Dartmouth Park. There were games for the children, food and entertainment for everyone, Realtors giving away cookies, politicians collecting signatures, and even somebody trying to give out the “Funniest Face” winner for charity. We started this event over fifteen years ago to bring the community together for an afternoon of fun and it continues to do just that. A big thank you to all in the community that showed up, some to help, some to play, and some of you for a little of both because it was fun!

    So we at the Neighborhood Association have a few months to get back to some of our routine business and community concerns. We meet at 7:00 pm at the College Community Center on the first Monday of every month so come out and join the discussions and put your dreams for College Park on the table for consideration.
    That should end this article but would ruin my reputation, so I will write on.
    Several big events are on the immediate calendar for College Park so I will use my space to give them a plug, they deserve it.

    Relay for Life
    Next on the calendar is the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. This is the nationwide signature event for the American Cancer Society. Relay is a community, volunteer driven, team event to fight cancer. This year’s College Park Relay for Life event begins at 6:00 pm on April 11th and ends April 12th at noon.

    It is an 18 hour overnight event that takes place at St. Charles Borromeo track and field on Edgewater Drive.

    For more information on joining or forming a team, call Pam Potenza at 407-375-3963, or go to:

    Taste of College Park
    The following week on April 24th The Rotary Club of College Park will host the 5th annual Taste of College Park - Food and Wine Festival, 6:00 pm, Thursday, April 24, 2008 at Dubsdread Golf Club, 549 W. Par Street, Orlando.

    The event showcases College Park's best neighborhood restaurants, including: Harmoni Market, Infusion Tea, Jade Bistro, Juliana's Fine Tuscan Cuisine, K Restaurant and Wine Bar, Logan's Bistro, Nonna Trattoria ed Enoteca, Publix and The Tap Room at Dubsdread. The evening includes wine pairings provided again this year by ABC Fine Wine & Spirits.

    The proceeds from this event go to support the many charitable activities of the College Park Rotary Club and Rotary International. Locally the Club sponsors a room at the Ronald McDonald House, a student of the month from four local schools each month, six scholarships to the Rotary Youth Leadership Assembly each year, and much more. At the International level Rotary’s activities take books to fill but to mention a few here they include eradicating Polio world wide, sponsoring the “Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship”, the world’s largest privately funded post graduate scholarship program, and an almost endless list of humanitarian efforts world wide.

    But the important thing you need to know for this event is that there is a whole lot of food, drink, and fun.

  • 31 Mar 2008 5:38 PM | CPNA Administrator (Administrator)

    The Edgewater Drive Vision Task Force, a group of 11 College Park business owners and residents appointed by Mayor Dyer, has been working on draft solutions to guide the future development of the Edgewater Drive corridor.  To date, they have gathered together with neighbors of College Park to understand the fundamentals of City Planning (November 2007), documented the existing conditions of the corridor with a Walkabout on Edgewater Drive (December 2007), discussed Urban Form - where buildings are located and how big they can be- (February 2008), and examined Transportation and Parking issues (March 2008).  Prior to City Planning Staff drafting a plan for the area, the Task Force will look at the additional issues of Architectural Details (May 2008), and Financing issues (June 2008).

    The month of April 2008 is devoted to studying Pedestrian Friendliness on Edgewater Drive in order to maximize walkability and create a sense of place.  We hope you can join us so the Task Force might hear your input on this important issue; the work of the Task Force is creative and frequently in draft form that is open to discussion by all.

    Please join the Edgewater Drive Vision Task Force and me for our next meeting on the future of Downtown College Park. 

    Who:                Edgewater Drive Vision Task Force.

    When:                  April 3, 2008 – 7:00 to 8:30 PM.

    Where:        Loch Haven Park Neighborhood Center - 610 North Lake Formosa Drive.

    For further information, please call Jessica Stead in my office at 407.246.4059 or visit the Task Force Website at

    Thank you,

    Robert F. Stuart, Commissioner, District 3
    City of Orlando
    400 S. Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL  32801

    Note:  Florida has a very broad public records law.  As a result, any written communication created or received by City of Orlando officials and employees will be made available to the public and media, upon request, unless otherwise exempt.  Furthermore, under Florida law, email addresses are public records.  If you do not want your email address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this office.  Instead, contact our office by phone or in writing.

  • 31 Mar 2008 3:27 PM | CPNA Administrator (Administrator)

    This year’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Albert Park was again a great success. The 2,500 eggs and 50 pounds of candy that Mike Norato brought to March’s meeting were all discovered in under 10 minutes! Way to go College Park kids!

    Thanks to those who participated and made for another successful College Park event. Special thanks to the Easter Bunny (Mike Norato), and the volunteers who hid 2,500 eggs.

  • 28 Mar 2008 6:36 PM | CPNA Administrator (Administrator)

    Dear Neighbor,

    It’s spring in the City of Orlando! Last week, we enjoyed the official end of winter, Traditional Easter and, of course, the early onset of Daylight Savings Time.  In the next few days, we will celebrate Passover and Orthodox Easter.  And, for many of our students, Spring Break started today!

    With many students out of school this week, I am asking for your help to keep our community safe.  Let me explain…

    Whenever our school system closes for a few days, we see an increase in criminal activity in our neighborhoods.  It seems that with an increase in juvenile crime, along with a growing number of working families, neighborhood “crimes of opportunity” are on the rise.  As I review the crime logs throughout Orlando, I have also noticed that many home and vehicle burglaries occur when certain precautions, such as locking doors and securing valuables, are not taken.  Here are a few Spring Break Tips from our Orlando Police Department that will help make this well-deserved time off worth the effort.

    First, lock and secure your vehicles.  It is certainly still a crime to go into an open vehicle and steal personal belongings from it.  However, why invite criminal behavior?  If we all just simply double-checked our vehicles to make sure they are locked, it will cut down greatly on crime.  While we're at it, we should try to always take our valuables from our cars into our homes.  If that can't happen, remove them from plain sight by putting things like garage door openers, Ipods, cell phones, and such in the glove box or trunk.

    Second, keep your eyes open.  During this time of year, we see an increase in suspicious persons walking through our neighborhoods.  Don’t be embarrassed by calling your Orlando Police Department and letting them know that something is unusual. You can call OPD’s Non-Emergency phone number at 321-235-5300.

    Third, let your neighbors know if you’re leaving home for a few days.  This is the core of our Neighborhood Watch Program…looking out for each other is the first line of defense in crime prevention.  The increasing trend is for family vacations to occur during Spring Break.  If you plan on leaving home for a few days, just let your neighbors know.  And, while you’re at it, give a call to OPD’s Non-Emergency Line and let them know, too!

    Last, for more tips, check out Orlando Police Department’s website available at  Also on their website, OPD now offers online reporting services for certain crimes, i.e. lost property, harrassing phone calls, pettit theft, vehicle burglary, and vandalisim (when there is no suspect information).

    It’s a great time to be with family…enjoy yourselves and as they used to say on Hill Street Blues, “Be safe out there!”


    Robert F. Stuart, Commissioner, District 3
    City of Orlando
    400 S. Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL  32801

    Note:  Florida has a very broad public records law.  As a result, any written communication created or received by City of Orlando officials and employees will be made available to the public and media, upon request, unless otherwise exempt.  Furthermore, under Florida law, email addresses are public records.  If you do not want your email address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this office.  Instead, contact our office by phone or in writing.

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