For the last eight years Winter Park city leaders have met outside of official meeting times to chat further with citizens during something known as Coffee Talk. Coffee Talk allows individuals to discuss past, current, or new concerns with a member of the board over a cup of coffee, which is provided from local businesses. To say it best, citizens can “espresso their thoughts” with city officials in a relaxed environment whether it be by preference or inability to attend City Council meetings.
For this year’s series, residents will have the opportunity to meet with Winter Park Mayor Kenneth Bradley, Commissioners Steven Leary, Carolyn Cooper, Tom McMacken and City Manager Randy Knight between now and December. Each member will host a month between now and then.
The July meet up took place on Thursday the 11th at 8am and is the first of the 2013 series. Vice Mayor of Winter Park Sarah Sprinkel was in attendance at the Winter Park Welcome Center with coffee in hand. Interests for everything from traffic to growth potential for the city were discussed and insight was shed between both residents and Vice Mayor Sprinkel. The first event began on a note of laughter, connection, community, and an occasion to get down to matters at hand in the intended relaxed atmosphere: