For more than a year, the Historic Preservation Board (HPB) has worked to craft an Historic Preservation Ordinance that would be a big step on the city’s path to becoming a “Certified Local Government” (CLG). CLG status would qualify the City for state and federal funds to protect and promote the City’s historic assets. […]
About Anne Mooney
Anne Mooney has assumed the editorship of the Winter Park Voice from founding editor Tom Childers.
Mooney got her start in New York as a freelance line editor for book publishers, among them Simon & Schuster and the Clarkson Potter division of Crown Books. From New York, she and her husband and their year-old toddler moved to Washington, D.C., where the two ran a newswire service for Harper’s magazine. “We called it Network News,” said Mooney, “because it was a network of the Harper’s writers, whose work we edited into newspaper style and format and sold to papers in the top U.S. and Canadian markets. We were sort of like a tiny UPI.”
The newswire ceased operation with the death of Mooney’s first husband, but Mooney continued to write and edit, doing freelance work for Williams Sonoma cookbooks and for local publications in D.C.
In 2005, Mooney moved to Winter Park, where she worked as a personal chef and wrote a regular food column for a south Florida magazine. She took an active interest in Winter Park politics and was there when the Winter Park Voice was founded. She wrote occasional pieces for the Voice, including the Childers bio that this piece replaces.
The Winter Park Voice is one of a large number of “hyper-local” publications that have sprung up across the U.S. in response to the decline of the major daily newspapers and the resulting deficit of local news coverage. The Voice’sbeat is Winter Park City Hall, and its purpose is to help the residents of our city better understand the political forces that shape our daily lives.
Entries by Anne Mooney
Do we need a new library?
If so, where shall we put it?
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.
In a move that has some asking, “What’s the rush?” on April 7 the Planning & Zoning Board unanimously approved Fifth Third Bank’s application to develop the northwest corner of Aloma and Lakemont– without having seen final plans for the new project. The Bank requested P & Z to grant both preliminary and final […]
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 […]
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] […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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