Proposed ordinance #2015-6 would designate Tinker Field an Orlando historic landmark pursuant to section 65.720, Orlando City Code. Like the field's National Register of Historic Places designation by the U.S. Department of the Interior, this Orlando historic landmark ordinance will recognize the designated portions of the historic baseball playing field.
But unlike the National Register designation, the Orlando historic landmark designation will protect the historic integrity of the playing field by requiring a "certificate of appropriateness" for "any construction, alteration, restoration, or relocation of any permanent new structures on the Property, and for any permanent use inconsistent with the Property's historic use as a baseball field." (Prop. ord. #2015-6 at section 1.)
Applications for a certificate of appropriateness are reviewed by the City's historic preservation officer and the City's Historic Preservation Board, before being approved, approved with conditions, or denied by the Orlando City Council.
The proposed ordinance will allow for the restoration, repair, and maintenance of Tinker Field, and will also allow for the installation and maintenance of monuments, signs, plaques, underground infrastructure and utilities, and memorial objects. To support the continued vitality of Tinker Field as a public open space, the ordinance will also allow for temporary uses such as festivals, concerts, and other temporary and periodic public uses.
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