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PUBLIC NOTICE: NOTICE OF FORMAT AND LOCATION CHANGE FOR PUBLIC HEARING – October 12, 2020

Posted October 1st, 2020

Notice is hereby given that at its Regular City Commission Meeting, the Winter Haven City Commission will hold a SECOND READING-PUBLIC HEARING on the proposed ordinance at 6:00 p.m. or soon thereafter Monday, October 12, , 2020, which as a result of COVID-19 public health emergency will be held utilizing a Zoom virtual meeting platform pursuant to City of Winter Haven Resolutions R-20-23 and R-20-25.

A Public Notice was published on October 2, 2020.  The City Commission meeting will be held virtually pursuant to Executive Order 20-246.  Please see the details for the format and location changes below.

The connection information for members of the public who wish to attend or participate in the Public Hearing via the Zoom virtual platform may be obtained by accessing the City’s website at http://mywinterhaven.com.   For persons wishing to attend the Public Hearing via the Zoom virtual platform, please insure that all registration and system requirements in order to connect to the Public Hearing via the Zoom virtual platform have been satisfied prior to the above mentioned date and time.

The public who wish to physically attend and participate in the Public Hearing may also come to the John Fuller Auditorium located at City Hall, 451 Third Street, N.W., Winter Haven, Florida, which will also be open for members of the public on the above-mentioned date and time.  Social distancing and other Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Florida Department of Health (FDOH) guidelines pertaining to COVID-19 will be followed and observed.

The public is also invited to listen or watch the City Commission Meeting by visiting https://facebook.com/winterhaven.florida/ where the meeting will be live streamed.

The public is also invited to provide comments on the proposed ordinance which will be presented at the Public Hearing by submitting written comments of 600 words or less to:
https://winterhaven.seamlessdocs.com/f/tg4dezpsh8r0, by 12:00 p.m. Noon on Monday, October 12, 2020; or calling (863)-292-8005 to leave voicemail comments of no more than five (5) minutes by 12:00 p.m. Noon on Monday, October 12, 2020 so that your comments and voicemails can be distributed to the Members of the Commission at the Public Hearing.  Comments submitted after this time (up to the time that the public hearing commences) will be accepted and included in the official records of the meeting.

All interested parties may appear at the meeting in the manners described above and be heard with respect to the proposed ordinance:

ORDINANCE NO. O-20-35

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 21 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF WINTER HAVEN, FLORIDA, TO AMEND THE WESTERN PORTION OF PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE O-17-58; PROVIDING FOR ADMINISTRATIVE CORRECTION OF SCRIVENER’S ERRORS; REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (General Location: The vacant parcel generally located north of Old Lucerne Park Road and west of Century Drive (Swiss Golf Road).  The area covered by this request is 83± acres.)

If any person decides to appeal any decision made by the City Commission with respect to any matter considered at such hearings, he/she will need a record of the proceedings and for such purpose he/she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based (F.S. 286.0105). Please be advised individuals must make their own arrangements to produce this record.

The City Commission may continue the public hearings to other dates and times as it deems necessary.  Any interested party shall be advised that the date, time and place of any continuation of these or continued public hearings may be announced during the hearing and that no further notices regarding this matter may be published.

If you are not fluent in English and need language interpreter assistance to participate in the proceeding, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at least four (4) days prior to the meeting.  In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and F.S.S. 286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodations to participate in this proceeding should contact the City Clerk at least 48 hours prior to the proceeding at (863) 291-5627 for assistance; if hearing impaired, telephone the Florida Relay Service Numbers (800) 955-8771 (TDD) or (800) 955-8770 (Voice) for assistance.

Vanessa Castillo, MMC

City Clerk