Anne Mooney

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Do we need a new library?

If so, where shall we put it?

Do we need a new library?

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Next month, the Library Task Force, which has been in existence since June 2014, will present their findings to the Commission and leave it to the City and its citizens to determine the answer to these questions.The Library Task Force will “sunset” out of existence in what Commissioner Tom McMacken called “the end of the beginning. ”

 
 

A Little History

Relocating the library is not a new concept. The current location is the fourth in the library’s history. The original library was founded in 1885 on the porch of the Lamson House at 503 Interlachen. In 1886, it moved to an enclosed building owned by the Winter Park Co. In 1902, it moved again to a new one-room building, which was expanded in the 1930s when the city was persuaded to provide free electricity. At that time, the library went from being more or less a private club to being a true public library. (Indoor plumbing would follow.)

That library outgrew its home and, in 1976, the city acquired the current library site on New England Avenue. After 20 years, in 1995, a third floor was added and floors one and two were remodeled.

Another 20 years has elapsed. Once again, growth and demand for services have exerted pressure on the current library. Last year, the City Commission decided it was time to explore alternatives. They assembled a nine-member Library Task Force, which came together in June 2014 in the service of our city.

Their task: to make recommendations regarding the need, location, costs and funding strategies for a new or remodeled library facility.

Task Force Goes to Work

The nine are Sam Stark, Gary Barker, Daniel Butts, Bruce Douglas, Jeffry Jontz, Nancy Miles, Joel Roberts, Jan Walker and Chip Weston. Each City Commissioner chose one, and the remaining four were chosen by the Board of Library Trustees. Bruce Douglas resigned from the Task Force in April 2015, leaving eight members.

Open Letter to Steve Leary:

  Dear Mayor Leary: Nearly two weeks after the March 10 election, your mailer entitled “2015 Citizens Survey” went to selected Winter Park households. Some received the survey electronically, others received theirs in the mail. Some did not receive the survey. Both those who received the survey and many who did not had the same […]

North – South Corridor Development

The Voice received queries, both from readers and from the City, regarding the Transit Oriented Density Update published March 9. The report is a snapshot of this place at this time. The data gathered includes the north-south corridor along 17-92 and vicinity from Reagan Center (Flea World) to downtown Orlando.  The attached chart [click here] […]

North – South Corridor Development

  The Voice received queries, both from readers and from the City, regarding the Transit Oriented Density Update published March 9. The report is a snapshot of this place at this time. The data gathered includes the north-south corridor along 17-92 and vicinity from Reagan Center (Flea World) to downtown Orlando.  The attached chart [click […]

Congratulations Mayor Leary, Commissioner Seidel

L to R: Bill Leary, Beth Hall, Tom Leary, Joan Gfeller, Rich Leary.  Mayor Leary’s brothers and neighbors support their candidates of choice. It’s over. The yard signs are nearly all gone, most of the flyers clogging the mailboxes are once again from Publix. Life is returning to normal.  This long, hard-fought race brought out […]

Transit Oriented Density

  As the mayor and commissioner hopefuls near the finish line, Winter Park mailboxes are stuffed to the gills with flyers and the buzz is one everyone’s lips. Winter Park readers awoke Friday, March 6, to a Sentinel story headlined, “Development  sits at core of Winter Park mayor race.” Mackinnon Favors Re-development in WP In […]

Library Hosts Two Debates

Separate debates between mayoral candidates and candidates for city commission revealed a stark contrast in the tenor and the conduct of the two races. Mayors Debate First The first debate, between mayoral candidates Cynthia Mackinnon and Steve Leary on February 19, was moderated by former Channel 6 anchor Lauren Rowe before a standing-room-only crowd. Rowe, […]

How to Request an Absentee Ballot

  Are you one of the many Winter Park voters who is accustomed to voting by absentee ballot, who hasn’t received a ballot this year, and are wondering where it is? No Permanent Absentee Status Laws governing the way we vote have changed. The State of Florida no longer has permanent absentee status. If you […]

Winter Park Candidates Square Off

  If turnout at the past two candidate debates is any indication, the current election cycle seems to have sparked unprecedented interest among Winter Park voters.  Candidates Face Off at University Club of WP The Winter Park Voice hosted a candidate forum at the University Club of Winter Park at 5:30 p.m. February 10. The […]