Rollins Panel on WP Future Draws Capacity Crowd

Rollins Panel on WP Future Draws Capacity Crowd

A standing-room-only crowd filled Rollins’ Suntrust Auditorium last night as panelists engaged the audience in a lively discussion about Winter Park’s future.

An audience of Winter Park residents and Rollins students joined panelists, former Commissioner Pam Peters, Entrepreneur Steve Goldman, Architect Phil Kean and Mayor Steve Leary, to explore how our city will navigate the opportunities and the issues facing it now and in the years to come.

Videos are in two parts, below, and last about an hour total.

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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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7 replies
  1. Bill Swartz says:

    The session was informational. But a City developed connectivity is difficult. Areas such as The Howell Branch Peserve and the Ward/Showalter complexes are accessible only by cars.

  2. Keep The Parks Parks says:

    Beware of Land Trust. It sounds good on the surface, but I fear it may only encourage development of existing City park lands and other City green space.

    As the Land Trust grows, future City politicians can build on existing City park land, and brag to voters that “the amount of green space is the same as it was 10 years ago, etc.”

    Those Land Trust organizers would be wise to negotiate deed restrictions on all existing City owned green space, prior to beginning any fundraising for more land purchases.

    Otherwise, it’s potentially like pouring money into your pocket, only your pocket has a hole in it. There is never any more. Only the same (if you are lucky).

    This City Commission hates green space. If every square inch was developed they’d be very happy.

    Land Trust only distracts from the real problem which is Commissioners have the authority to develop or sell existing City green space.

  3. Carol Sawyer Lotspeich says:

    Let’s talk about pedestrian overpasses to join neighborhoods and schools and parks and
    retail establishments, over Aloma, 17-92, Lee Road, Fairbanks. Pedestrian overpasses are a very common method for safely moving pedestrians through out the “third world” of Mexico. Less costly to operate than stopping traffic for pedestrians and safer. Surely, this great community of Winter Park can find a way to put people over vehicles.

    • Thank you for suggesting overpasses; we also need crosswalks says:

      YES! WP needs more raised crosswalks to slow cut-through traffic similar to those on cut-through roads throughout Orlando.

      Too many WP residents have been killed while trying to cross streets.

      A dear friend from the Crosby YMCA was killed while crossing Aloma (not at the traffic light) when it was raining to her neighborhood (the one behind Sprouts).

      We need raised crosswalks with signs “STOP for pedestrians” at the new Crosby and Ward Park, and pedestrian overpasses throughout the city, especially on Aloma, Fairbanks, Lakemont, 17-92, Lee Road, and Howell Branch Road for WP and Maitland pedestrians and cyclists.

  4. Jaggernaut says:

    When the large consortium of Winter Park citizens bought the Winter Park Magazine, many felt it was a sell out. The fear was that the magazine would become politicized. Check out the recent article on Rollins in the latest edition to see that all doubts on this score have been resolved. Keen wants to pave the way for a Rollins expansion and give political cover to the commissioners who give Rollins carte blanche going forward.

    Artwork on the cover is still pretty.

    • randy noles says:

      I rarely engage with people who post anonymously, but there are more than 40 non-employee investors in Winter Park Publishing, each holding a very small ownership interest. Some are involved in development and others could be described as wary of development. What they have in common is that they like the magazine. You fixated on one name, but among many other community investors is Steve Goldman, who was on the panel to which this story refers — and is one of the city’s most important advocates of expanded greenspace. We have a story about him and his land trust initiative in the upcoming issue. As to the Rollins story, if you have read the magazine for any length of time, you know that we ran a similar piece in 2015 in part to dispel the mistaken notion (which has been repeated on the Voice Facebook page) that the college pays no property taxes.Any questions or suggestions about content can be addressed directly to me — I am open to ideas and, most importantly, you know you who I am and how to reach me.

      • Jaggernaut says:

        The issue is somewhat complex as you know. Whether or not Rollins pays any property taxes is not the sole issue This conversation will be ongoing for some time to come as land becomes scarce and Rollins seeks to expand into other areas within the city.
        The relationship between the city and the college is symbiotic but there must be balance. And that balance must be equitable.

        You may not agree with anyone who suggests that the magazine may be influenced by the ownership group. Time alone will establish whether or not there is merit to that suggestion. Time and time alone.


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