Matthew – Aftermath

Leaving Us to Pick Up After Him

Matthew – Aftermath

Matthew has come and gone, and we can only hope he stays gone.

Winter Parkers are fortunate that Matthew left nothing in his wake but a big mess. Here is how some of our neighbors were dealing with it after the storm moved north.



Michael O’Donnell on Georgia Ave., making good progress.



Peter, Charlee, Concetta and Maria on Via Tuscany. Peter has plans for that limb you see on the ground.



Trees and Port-a-Potties Upended.



Hannibal Square and Park Avenue did not go unscathed.



Just look at all that parking at Trader Joe’s. You won’t see that again soon.



Matthew did leave a fun, if temporary, new jungle gym at MLK Park.




The best part of all is having good neighbors who help each other out. Thanks, Michael Vaughn and J.C. Peterson!

Photos courtesy of Kim Allen and Steven McElveen.

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    By: 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.

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        • Pitt Warner says:

          My experience with city workers in an emergency is great. During Charlie recovery a city employee was standing a hole in my yard with water up to his chest trying to repair my water line. Over the years tree dept, police, fire and utility workers have been 1st rate. I don’t know why your street wasn’t immediately cleared, but my experience with all facets of WP city government when you call for help has been terrific. There are a lot of streets and some may have had traffic priority.

      • Kim Mitchell says:

        We were blessed this storm was mild. Yet, I am bothered by the number of outages, mine included. Yet, curious about those unaffected by outages. Many places have been saved by underground lines. Can we make this a priority instead of waisting our time with an inappropriate placement of a memory care center?

  1. Shirley Noel says:

    I have been online to see if there will be trucks with a “claw” to pick up large loose yard debris. We had a huge oak branch fall and have chopped it up but do not have enough cans (inlcuding 2 of our neighbors cans) to hold all of it. Can you please let us know if this will be available?

  2. Jill says:

    Join in a local cleanup effort at your neighborhood park, as we are doing in Virginia Heights! You can put the tools away afterwards 😉

  3. Thankful! says:

    Thankful that the storm caused mostly a mess and no one was seriously injured. Thankful that we have a good “team” at the City that kept the water running, most of us had power and flooding was held to a minimum due to past storm water projects. Thankful for neighbors that all pitched in and helped their fellow neighbors clean up.

  4. Thankful! says:

    Thankful for Commissioner Greg Seidel who has the good sense to continue to push electric power line under grounding. While other communities, i.e. Maitland, experienced significant power outages during the hurricane, WP had very few interruptions. No thanks to Mayor Leary who diverted $1million from the electric fund to an event center in Orlando. Would have paid for significant under grounding.

    • Pitt Warner says:

      I don’t know that the $1 million slowed undergrounding. We received a notice our undergrounding was imminent when the city’s webpage has us listed as project #60-something out of #72 The undergrounding person at electric utility assures me the notice was correct and they’ve stepped up schedule and we are in line for it. The city could give $1,000,000 every month for a year and there would be no change in our financial condition. Maybe they collect too much. I think they do.

  5. Matthew For Traffic Czar says:

    Does this mean that the real estate developers will leave Winter Park alone for awhile, and head to places like St. Augustine, FL, and Hilton Head, SC, where they can maybe snag some real estate cheap before all the water rolls back into the ocean?

  6. Donald Thompson says:

    Be long on credit and short of finding fault. In this case, I want to give credit to the City of Winter Park on clean up after Mathew. It did seem slow; but, in the end, I found they did a good job. Thank you.


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