Sprinkel Steps Down from Canvassing Board

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Sprinkel Steps Down from Canvassing Board

Commissioner Sarah Sprinkel announced her decision to step down from this year’s Canvassing Board for the March 12 election. Commissioner Sprinkel declined to comment on her decision.

According to Communications Director Clarissa Howard, Commissioner Carolyn Cooper will take Sprinkel’s place on the Canvassing Board. Commissioner Cooper was unavailable for comment as of this writing.

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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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  1. Sarah did the right thing. Thank you, Sarah. says:

    Not so surprising. The terrific threesome may work together, but I wouldn’t suspect any of them would take a bullet for the other. Especially when it is becoming clearer every day Weaver has a lot more grass roots type support than people realize! (Despite the attempts to demonize him with the Airbnb email….Does Weldon have any proof that Weaver rented it for periods of less than 30 days? I guess missed that proof in the email. Hmmm).

    Also, as a longtime conservative I was unhappy to learn Weaver donated to old crazy pants Grayson’s campaign through a disappointing partisan mailer put out in a supposedly non partisan election.

    I’m hoping Weaver donated before we all knew Grayson was a little out there, to say the least. BUT, I am a conservative STILL voting for Weaver because I moved to Winter PARK for the trees, for the beauty, for the classy architectural designs and charming feel. I don’t want my community to look like a canyon of crappily constructed multifamily apartments with a parking garage and a Subway, a pizza joint and a Starbucks on the ground floor. Some like that convenience and aesthetic and that’s fine. But if big city vertical crowding is what I wanted then I would move to New York.

    • Density is not an aesthetic style; Thanks to Ms. Sprinkel says:

      Please don’t compare new development in WP with NYC. Even with Robert Moses’ destruction of many of greater NY’s greatest neighborhoods, NYC still has some great historic buildings left, truly world-class cultural heritage, and many of the best restaurants in the world.

      WP, instead, is in danger of becoming, not NYC, but another I-Drive, especially along 17-92, towards and around Lee Road.

      Some compare the development in WP to Baldwin Park because of density and mixed use. However Baldwin Park was conceived, planned, and built with specific architectural and landscape architectural standards and principles inspired by the Craftsman style era. Because of this, the community is aesthetically congruent. The planners also included small parks and trees.

      In marked contrast, the development on 17-92/Lee Road has no overall architectural and landscape architectural standards, guidelines, or design.

      It appears to be a tiny, cheap stone (covered with mildew) triangular plot with a cheap fountain serving as an entrance to a bunch of plots sold or leased to any taker. Hence, this development would be better compared to the incongruous, traffic-congested I-Drive: chain restaurants, chain hotels, prefab “luxury” (srsly?) chain rentals; and chain storage units.

      What next? Chain pay-day loan stores, chain pawn shops, tatoo parlors, acrylic nail “salons”; chain hamburger, pizza, and sub shops?

      The current City of WP has no sense of the value of our city’s traditional cultural heritage and no sense of the value of coherent architectural design guidelines.

      There’s a signature look to a San Francisco row house with bay windows, a New York brownstone, and Pasadena’s Craftsman homes.

      Traditional Winter Park developed a signature look dating back to the New Englanders who created the community as a resort community that incorporated the natural environment and Italian, Mediterranean revival architectural styles.

      However, the current city administration appears to
      have disavowed WP’s distinct and beautiful cultural heritage in favor of one certain developer’s hodge-podge approach to urban development.

      It’s strange and sad.

      Thank you to Ms. Sprinkel for reducing the melodrama in WP politics.

    • Thank You, "Longtime conservative" - You're the true conservative says:

      The current WP admin is not traditional or conservative.

      True conservatives maintain traditional cultural heritage, are fiscally conservative, and minimize state control over constituents, and do not hijack taxes for crony boondoggles.

      Today we received the partisan “Winter Park Republican Alert” smear mailer from the Orange County Republican Executive Committee.

      This invasion of privacy (the mailer included purported info about Todd Weaver’s national political preferences that have nothing to do with his municipal fiscal platform, and a request for “vote by mail” ballot with my name, birthdate and address on it, is unacceptable.

      Thank you “Longtime Conservative” for speaking the truth about authentic conservatism.

  2. Truth Should Be Treated With Great Caution says:

    The Winter Park Voice deserves the gratitude for Sprinkel stepping down. More than likely she would’ve gone on her merry way to election headquarters had Anne Mooney not pointed these details out to us. Sprinkel has been nothing but a dashboard head nodder for her special interest friends and Rollins. Mooney should be commended.


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