Vice Mayor Goes Full Monty

Vice Mayor Goes Full Monty

On June 1, I wrote an article titled “Keep the Bowling Alley Property – Expand MLK Park” and published it in the Winter Park Voice.
http://winterparkvoice.com/keep-the-bowling-alley-property-expand-mlk-park/

The next day, June 2, Commissioner Peter Weldon circulated an email to Winter Park residents with a link to his own blog, Winter Park Perspective. Weldon’s instruction at the top of the email was: “Fellow Winter Park Residents, Please share with friends and neighbors.” Having received this email and concluding I was not alone in receiving it, I heeded Weldon’s instruction and posted his email in the comments section below my story.

From: Pete Weldon
Subject: A Few Trees, Lots of Concrete, Little Expanded Park, Lots of Your Money
Date: June 2, 2017 at 10:10:05 AM EDT

Fellow Winter Park Residents,
Please share with friends and neighbors.

NEW POST:  A Few Trees, Lots of Concrete, Little Expanded Park, Lots of Your Money   (click to read on-line)
The editor of Winter Park Voice, Anne Mooney, has stopped her pretense of providing “news” and has gone public with her true purpose, that being to use her blog and Facebook page to promote her policy prescriptions for Winter Park. Notably, these prescriptions are underpinned by conspiracy theories and based not on fact, but on suspicion that those who actually spend their time serving the city must have some unjust ulterior motive, because they don’t share her views.

I am going “full monty” on this because the people of Winter Park deserve to understand the manipulation. I expect, and believe you deserve, city policy driven by full and thoughtful debate, not driven by political manipulation from people for whom a political agenda supersedes respect for the facts and respect for those who serve our community.

Ms. Mooney’s latest piece exposes her efforts as a significant disservice to Winter Park.
Please read: “Keep the Bowling Alley Property – Expand MLK Park,” and then go here for some facts.

Sincerely, Pete Weldon 
Vice Mayor of Winter Park

Who Puts Up Comments on Voice Site?

Only two people can post anything on the WP Voice website – the editor and the web developer. Comments input on the site are held for moderation and must be approved, and only then are they posted. Comments containing personal attacks and inappropriate language are not posted. Comments may be edited to remove inappropriate language. No reader has direct access to the site.

Originally, I posted Commissioner Weldon’s email under the title “Pete Weldon.” He did not post it; I did.

“John Dough” Weighs In

Very soon after, a person writing as “John Dough” responded to Weldon’s comment. I moderated Dough’s comment and posted it. It appears beneath Weldon’s post, as it was written in response to Weldon’s comment, not to the article.

Those of you who have posted on the Voice website know that there is a way for you to post with a pseudonym and a way to hide your email address. “John Dough” posts frequently and takes advantage of these features. When his or her post arrives via email, the only information visible to the moderator is the IP Address of the computer. The right to post an anonymous comment has been the policy of the Voice since its inception, and it will remain Voice policy.

Weldon Response

The next day, June 3, Commissioner Weldon sent the following email.

From: Pete Weldon
Sent: Saturday, June 3, 2017 9:16 PM
To: anne mooney <annemooney@earthlink.net>
Subject: Problem

Ms. Mooney,
I note a comment here: http://winterparkvoice.com/keep-the-bowling-alley-property-expand-mlk-park/ under my name that I did not post. It appears the person commenting anonymously as “John Dough” created the comment under my name so he or she could write a response, pretending it was a response to something I posted.

I ask that you immediately remove the comment using my name, along with the response.

I ask that you send me the identifying Internet information on the comment under my name. This would include email address and IP address along with other information tracked by your blog software.

I ask, as I have before, that you limit comments to the Winter Park Voice Facebook page where the author needs to have a verified identity. I hope you will someday contribute to minimizing politically motivated manipulation of the facts, rather than facilitating such behavior.

Regards, Pete Weldon

Another Email Arrived June 5

From: Pete Weldon
To: ‘anne mooney’ <annemooney@earthlink.net>
Subject: RE: Problem
Date: Jun 5, 2017 11:42 AM

Ms. Mooney,
The fraudulent comment under my name is still present: https://www.drphillipscenter.org/cart/reserve-seats.stml?perf_id=5797.[sic]

I am looking into legal action and encourage you to remove the comment and the response immediately.

I also ask that after removing the comment and response, that you post a comment noting what happened and tell your readers what changes you will make in your site policies to avoid abetting such fraud. I point out that your failure to have and to enforce policies intended to avoid such fraudulent behavior is a tacit endorsement of such behavior.

Regards, Pete Weldon

June 6 — Weldon wrote to correct the typographical error in the link.

From: Pete Weldon
Sent: Jun 6, 2017 12:17 PM
To: ‘anne mooney’
Subject: RE: Problem

Ms. Mooney,
The link below is a typo. The correct link is: http://winterparkvoice.com/keep-the-bowling-alley-property-expand-mlk-park/.

I trust you will remove this fraudulent comment using my name and the related response. It has now been 3 days since the initial request.

Regards, Pete Weldon

Comment Heading Revised

In response to Weldon’s request, I changed the heading above Weldon’s comment to read, “Emailed to residents by Peter Weldon and posted here by WP Voice staff.”

On June 19, Weldon sent the following message.

From: Pete Weldon
To: anne mooney <annemooney@earthlink.net>
Subject: Using my Name without my permission
Date: Jun 19, 2017 4:41 PM
Ms. Mooney,

I see you have changed the title of the fraudulent comment under my name. Link: http://winterparkvoice.com/keep-the-bowling-alley-property-expand-mlk-park/.

The title now reads: Emailed to residents by Peter Weldon and posted here by WP Voice staff
June 2, 2017 at 4:20 pm

This is dishonest.

What would be honest is for you to:

Remove the comment along with the response by “John Dough.”
Write a story that you email to your list and post on the WPV Facebook page with a detailed history of how you allowed an anonymous source to fraudulently post a comment under my name and then allowed comments on the fraudulent comment.
Clarify that your [sic] chose to pretend “WP Voice staff” posted the comment when in fact you did not.
The story would include a link to my actual blog post referenced but not linked in the fraudulent post: http://www.winterparkperspective.org/2017/06/02/no_trees_lots_of_concrete_no_park_lots_of_money/.

I certainly hope you come to better understand your responsibility as a paid commentator.

Regards, Pete Weldon

Enter: The First Amendment Foundation

Although I never personally responded to any of Weldon’s emails, I did seek assistance from the First Amendment Foundation.

On June 20, First Amendment Foundation President, Barbara Petersen wrote to Mr. Weldon advising that, as an elected official and public figure, his correspondence constitutes public record. Since Mr. Weldon sent the emails to the Voice editor, they were obtained lawfully and the Voice has the right to publish them. As editor of the Winter Park Voice, I am a journalist protected by the First Amendment.
[To read the full text of the First Amendment Foundation letter to Mr. Weldon, click here.]

Weldon Responds to F.A.F.

From: Pete Weldon <pete.weldon@cityofwinterpark.org> To: Barbara Petersen <Sunshine@floridafaf.org>
Cc: anne mooney <annemooney@earthlink.net>
Subject: RE: Letter from FAF concerning emails to Anne Mooney, editor, Winter Park Voice
Date: Jun 20, 2017 7:06 PM
Barbara,

It is indeed humorous to receive your letter!

I am a supporter of the sunshine law and take it very seriously. I feel badly that you took your time to write a two page letter informing me of what I already know and act upon.
I never questioned anyone’s right to re-publish anything.

It is Ms. Mooney’s sanctimonious request for you to question my requests to her that should receive your attention. Ms. Mooney has a long track record of pretending to provide “news” to Winter Park residents when the facts are clear that she is purely a political actor, offering commentary and writing on subjects only supportive of her positions, and those of residents who confidentially fund her. While legal, there is nothing transparent in the “Sunshine” sense about anything Ms. Mooney writes or distributes. She blatantly coordinates behind the scenes with commissioners and others to push out emails and blog posts timed and designed to promote a political agenda (exactly the back room dealing the Sunshine Law is intended to prevent). Her request to you to admonish and question me about transparency and the sunshine law is the laughable height of hypocrisy.

You are being used.

Here are the facts:

On or about June 2nd someone posted a copy of an email I wrote as a comment on Ms. Mooney’s blog. There is no problem in duplicating what I wrote, provided the person posting the comment identify themselves and note that they are copying my email. The problem is that this comment was shown as being placed on the blog by me under my name, when in fact I did no such thing. Further, the comment was something I would never have offered on Ms. Mooney’s blog. Someone fraudulently used my name as the person posting the comment. The content of the comment is not in question. Fraud includes a person or thing intending to deceive others. Someone, perhaps Ms. Mooney but she has not come forward, posted the comment pretending to be me, thereby intending to deceive others that I in fact posted the comment when I did not.

Shortly after, someone commented on the comment falsely ascribed to me, indicating that the commenter either believed I had posted the comment or was the person posting the comment using my name, and did so to create a context to provide their comment.

Sometime recently, at least 10 days after I brought this to Ms. Mooney’s attention, without responding to me, Ms. Mooney changed the author text of the comment to read, “Emailed to residents by Peter Weldon and posted here by WP Voice staff June 2, 2017 at 4:20 pm.” Which is false. Ms. Mooney conveniently removed my name as the author of the post many days after the actual posting, not on June 2nd. All those reading the post prior to Ms. Mooney’s edit were misled and Ms. Mooney has done nothing to correct the record. She has either committed or abetted fraud, or both.

My apologies on behalf of Ms. Mooney for wasting your time.

Regards, Pete Weldon

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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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25 replies
  1. Love the Park says:

    It makes me sick that Pete Weldon represents Winter Park. His temper is well-known to many residents since he started his thundering tirades more than 10 years ago. Sadly, he was able to hide this side of his personality in order to get elected. Now it has exploded to the surface and he won’t let it go. We might all have forgotten this tempest in a teapot but it’s part of Weldon’s nature never, ever to let it go.

    My apologies to Anne Mooney on behalf of Pete Weldon for wasting her time.

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  2. Sandy says:

    How embarrassing that we have an elected official so petty and vindictive. Would Mr. Weldon be willing to share his texts and personal emails with his constituents. Be careful of your silly condemnations Pete please try to be a leader not a hag

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    • Ellie Warner says:

      Satire reigns supreme when a ‘news alert’ describes itself: ” This News Alert and all our research & reporting are solely supported by reader contributions to the Voice. Your contribution is important to us — and to all Winter Parkers who value transparency in city government.” … and assures it’s contributors “All contributions are kept confidential” and allows anonymous posting. Transparency for thee, city govt! But not for the Voice. Why all the secrecy?

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      • WP Resident says:

        One is a governmental entity, one is a private entity. Hence, the two are not to be treated the same. Government must always be transparent and scrutinized. That is the purpose of the Voice, not the other way around.

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        • Ellie Warner says:

          I get it. You demand transparency except when it comes to a private entity demanding it also while assuring the opposite for its donors. Like I mentioned, it’s good comedy but why all the secrecy?

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  3. Gary Barker says:

    We have our own little Donald J. Trump right here in Winter Park! Petey, I wrote to the other commissioners how totally unprofessional it was for you to write that drivel you sent to everyone in Winter Park, and how it possibly broke some laws or rules of the City? None of the commissioners responded. A shame. I tried to start showing some modicum of respect as you were duly elected to our city commission, but I now see I completely wasted my time and effort. You, sir, are nothing but a self-centered, egotistical, classless bully. You in fact DID write what Mooney posted. You DID in fact send that out to everyone, disparaging Mrs. Mooney in my opinion. Yet, when challenged, you go all scorched earth on everyone. You, sir, do NOT have the temperament nor the class to represent this city. Grow up, and do us all a favor, don’t run for re-election. You bring nothing to the table except scraps that a junkyard dog wouldn’t eat.

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  4. Anonymous says:

    I said it last time and I’ll say it again….I feel like I’m living in an episode of Melrose Place or the movie Mean Girls. I was excited when I moved to Winter Park. Had been a life long dream of mine to have a beautiful home someday among the famous Winter Park Oaks. I thought I might want to serve on an advisory board at one time even, help make the city even greater….but after all the “high school drama” I read between the Voice and Weldon email and the Observer thing I have changed my mind. Winter Park Residents….I beg you….Can’t we just all try to get along? There has to be some middle ground.

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  5. Weldon's Right says:

    I think Vice Mayor Weldon may be right about fraud on this site. I noticed that someone has been posting comments under the name “Pitt Warner” that often sound like the ravings of a deranged lunatic. This must be an imposter, in my opinion, because I cannot believe our own Pitt Warner has gone off the deep end on us.

    May I suggest that any further postings under the name “Pitt Warner” be given a pseudonym by the Editor, so that Winter Park can continue to respect and revere the Pitt Warner whose mind we remember as sound and rational?

    Also, is it possible that someone has hacked into Vice Mayor Weldon’s email account and is sending these bizarre emails around to everyone? I’d much rather think that Vice Mayor Weldon’s email was hacked than that his brain was hacked. One can only hope. Vice Mayor Weldon doesn’t have the City’s nuclear codes or anything important does he? Only being a heartbeat away from the mayor job, does the City Charter have anything like the 25th Amendment in the Constitution where the Cabinet can remove the Vice President from office if they believe he has lost his mind?

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  6. Pitt Warner says:

    As I’ve said forever, anonymous posts on a political blog covering a small number of people creates hostility, division, name-calling. It would like allowing an extended family anonymous comments on the family blog to air every petty grievance. The opposite is to show respect and consideration of the other person’s opinion. Everyone is WP wants the city to remain charming, small scale and unique. There are different opinions about how to get there and this anonymous name-calling,juvenile behavior does nothing to help achieve a cohesive goal. The really sad part is whoever is behind this political movement’s blog seems to enjoy creating division within the city. Let’s remember this at election time.

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    • Weldon's Right says:

      See what I mean? I know the real Pitt Warner has a nice, loving family, that would never dream of airing petty grievances on a family blog, anonymously or otherwise. Yet whoever this really is posting under his name, appears to be triggered by the time honored, American tradition of historical anonymity, that is recognized free speech since our nation’s founding that protects us all from tyrants.

      The person claiming to be “Pitt Warner” today says everyone wants Winter Park to be small scale. But the real Pitt Warner knows the kinds of large scale building ideas that are presented to the City all the time. The real Pitt Warner knows all about the massive $30 million events center and library and parking garage, approved and in the works, set to dominate the formerly peaceful and small scale MLK Park. The real Pitt Warner also knows about the City’s plans to sell the small scale grass recreational field on Fairbanks to a developer to build a real whopper of a building on it by comparison. So clearly not everyone wants Winter Park to be small scale.

      Actually this was one of the more coherent comments under the name “Pitt Warner” that I have seen. The Editor should really give future comments of whoever it is posting under that name a pseudonym. Because for all we know there could be 2, 3, 5, or 10 different people posting comments under the name “Pitt Warner.” And by the some of the schizophrenic comments we’ve all seen posted under that name on this site, that’s the only explanation I can think of that makes any sense.

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      • Pitt Warner says:

        Another example of anonymous divisive, belittling commentary b/c there is no fun is agreeing to disagree and working from there to achieve a goal. In other words, there is no compromise. And these people want to run the town? I think we’ve read enough to beware of whomever the next No Density/One Winter Park/WPV/Expand The Park (Sold) candidate. They are incapable of reason.

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        • Charlie says:

          Now is the time. Commissioners should give some serious thought to allowing people to run for office anonymously. Most people don’t want anything to do with politics. But so many good people would run for office if they just didn’t have to deal with all the political fray.

          Sure, it would take a while getting used to. But think of the results! We’d get better decisions, more parks, less traffic, more prosperity, lower taxes, and less crime if people had the opportunity to run anonymously for City Commission.

          And with today’s technology it could work. Just like now when a City Commissioner is out of town and calls in to participate in a meeting via phone or Skype. Only with an anonymous Commissioner, it would be like Charlie from the TV show Charlie’s Angels. You’d just see his back sitting in a chaise lounge at a pool, petting his dog, and hear his soothing voice clearly on the City Hall speaker system, commenting intelligently on the City agenda matters, and voting “Yes” or “No” only according to the best interests of the residents.

          I think the residents would really warm up to this idea. Some might think that an anonymous commissioner would be less accessible to them. But, let’s face it, as it is now, a lot of times, unless someone writes a check to a commissioner’s campaign, they aren’t likely to get their calls returned much anyway. And an anonymous commissioner might even be MORE accessible to the residents. He or she could hold video Town Hall meetings on the Central Park lawn, at intermission during the movies, for example.

          Plus an anonymous commissioner would be more independent of the political web and would make decisions with only the residents in mind, not the special interests – because the special interests wouldn’t be able to FIND the anonymous commissioner to lobby them for special political favors. Pretty cool, huh?

          And for people who liked the old fashioned, in your face standard issue, glad handing commissioner, there could be one seat on the dais (non-voting) for someone like the person who frequently writes on this site under the name “Pitt Warner.” This non-voting commissioner could sit there in person at the Commission meetings and whine during the meetings, “Tell us your name!!!” every time the good anonymous commissioner would appear on the screen at a meeting. It would really bring Winter Park together, like nothing has in the past! Let’s do it, Winter Park! Now is the time! This is the moment! Anonymous Commissioners! Anonymous Mayors! For Winter Park. For Families. For Dogs. For Our Future.

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    • Love the Park says:

      If Madison and Hamilton (and Jay) had not used pseudonyms to write the Federalist Papers, the very disunited states might not have ratified the Constitution.

      Today, anonymity spares us the blistering wrath of someone like Pete Weldon, who uses his own name and yet is thoroughly disrespectful and inconsiderate.

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  7. John Who? says:

    The most disturbing part of this attack by Mr. Weldon is his demand that the Voice turn over the email and IP addresses of “John Dough”. What, as an elected official, was he going to do with this information?

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  8. cj williams says:

    from “Sand and Foam”, Kahlil Gibran ” The most talkative is the least intelligent, and there is hardly a difference between an orator and an auctioneer”.

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  9. John Dough says:

    My alter ego received Mr. Weldon’s original e-mail in more than one of its accounts, but has never intentionally signed up for Mr. Weldon’s communications.

    This led me to label Mr. Weldon’s communication as SPAM, internet lingo for unsolicited electronic communication.

    Mr. Weldon’s response perfectly illustrates his true nature and personality, which my alter ego has also experienced in person. It’s quite different than the “kindly grandfather” presented by Candidate Weldon.

    I find it interesting that the Warner family, who are also known to my real life entity as very nice people, are obsessed with the use of pseudonyms on the Voice website. Why not focus on the comment and offer a rebuttal, rather than suggest some sort of conspiracy is behind those of us choosing to remain anonymous when posting.

    Otherwise, I’m sure that you can find a website with instructions on how to create tin foil headgear to protect you from this menace.

    If The Voice, and those who comment on its articles, are so upsetting to you, my advice is not to read it.

    As to the Voice’s request for contributions, I suggest that this is no different than the Sentinel or Observer selling and running advertisements in their publications, or selling subscriptions for that matter. There is certainly a cost in hosting this forum, but I believe that Anne is making this resource available as a forum for thoughtful discourse and to highlight local issues, not to make a profit.

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  10. Anonymous says:

    Weldon’s Right – Thank you for having the discipline and intelligence to realize arguing with Pitt Warner is like going down a rabbit hole. He does not have the ability to stop himself, but will continue his ‘divisive’ posts, by damn, always having the last word.

    If you want to get a picture of Pete Weldon’s frame of mind, please visit http://www.americanstance.org. Whoo, Stephen King’s novels are sissified by comparison.

    Finally, for those who claim WPV is ‘toxic’ or an episode of ‘Mean Girls’ (pretty sexist btw), you are a contributing member of this dialogue as well. Borrowing from Pete, isn’t that ‘the height of hypocrisy’?

    Anne Mooney reports on city commission meetings and the actions of commissioners. I think it’s safe to say, she reports on politics. Here’s the thing, if you don’t agree with WPV, well then don’t visit and read her news articles. Getting on blogs you don’t agree with and posting argumentative posts is just plain stupid.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Wow. The Mean Girls and Melorose Place references were meant for BOTH sides of this drama. I would assume you are a liberal social justice warrior type (always looking for a non-existent slight) for you to ASSUME my comments were sexist….but I don’t assume. Perhaps you missed the scheming MEN in the show Melrose Place?? Regardless, if Mrs Mooney thought they were about her because of her gender, my apologies and assurance that is not the case …..as I am a woman myself!!

      In fact, my comments are only to point out that this bickering feels very high school and not at all constructive! There are many intelligent and accomplished people living in this city. More per square mile than any other section of Central Florida I suspect. It’s such a shame we can’t all get along and focus the considerable talent in this town towards a common goal of making it the best place to live in all of Florida!

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  11. David Bond says:

    Work Together, Please

    I am a new resident to Winter Park. It is clear there is a great divide in the community. This seems related to the challenges of rapid growth in the community and preservation of the existing community.
    All of the comments at public meetings and hearings voice consensus about the beauty, charm, and advantages of this city/town atmosphere.
    This time of change is an opportunity for all of us to share and prosper together, while retaining the positive community aspects we enjoy.
    Let’s stop the divisiveness and finger pointing and work together toward this end.
    This type of bickering is one of the negatives in some small town environments.
    Create a forum that incorporates a diversity of opinions and respects and recognizes each individual’s contribution and input.
    Act as a model city within the divided country we now have.
    I am willing to contribute what I can.
    David S. Bond

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    • 007 says:

      Welcome to Winter Park to you and Faith. Looks like in 5 months of residency you feel you have a handle on the political situation in the city as well as the solution. Please apply your wisdom. In this case of a lack of agreement over whether the bowling alley site should be sold…where citizens won’t get to vote on it, and the majority of those citizens speaking out want to keep the land, while the majority of the commission have voted to sell the land…how do we achieve compromise? Do we sell off just one half of the land?

      In the case of an elected official who threatens lawsuits and lashes out to stifle free political speech because he does not like the content of the speech or the person who provides the forum to express it; how do we commune with the man? When he acts in ignorant disregard of real laws on the books that spell out that he is a public figure and that his e-mails disseminated over his signature as an elected city official are public information- how do we best approach this man? Is it ever acceptable in your mind to stand up for either side? Which side? Is resident silence the best course in such a case? Censure of the official? Recall election? Anger management class? Termination of the WP Voice?

      You say this kind of strife is sometimes characteristic in the “small community”. Isn’t it true that differences of opinion have nothing to do with the size of the city? If we grow much larger are you saying we will find a lot more to agree on?

      In your judgment…and you are clearly judging all…we are doing grievous wrongs. Please share what you would do differently about the land sale and about Weldon’s actions.

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  12. Pitt's Zombie says:

    I am writing to inform my old chums here in the comment section, that I am defecting from Ann Mooney to Pitt Warner. When I first started reading The Voice I supported parks, low density, peace and quiet, trees, village character, etc.

    But since I have been reading Pitt’s comments, I have come to agree that what Winter Park needs is over-development. It’s the only thing that can keep Winter Park unique. You may think that Pitt’s Zombies is some kind of a cult. I assure you, we are not a cult. We are recruiting new members, however. Joining Pitt’s Zombies will make you feel like a real somebody, because we are for the Winter Park you know you want!

    All you have to do to join is to agree to spread our creed to your friends and neighbors at every opportunity. And what exactly are our beliefs? I knew you would ask. We have only 10 tenets of our creed. And no one has to move to South America and drink Kool Aid. We are not weird at all. We are mainstream. You can trust us. Honest. Here’s the 10:

    1) Downtown Winter Park needs more parking garages. Lots more parking garages. We favor an ordinance outlawing the 5 major churches located on New York, Park, and Interlachen so that those properties can be converted – every square inch of them – each of them to 5 story parking garages
    2) We actually want the MLK Park Library to come back on the ballot in 2018. Yes we want the bond to come back at THREE HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS this time. Because it was relatively easy to trick voters to go along with the $30 million, we think that this time, we have a good chance at conning voters into putting themselves in debt for 10 times as much. And if they vote for it, we could cover the entire MLK Park with the new library. We’d also install an ice hockey lane along Denning so people would ride a Zamboni to get from one end of the library to the other.
    3) Everyone in Winter Park should face 10 years in jail unless they agree to wear a 3 foot by 2 foot cardboard enlargement of their drivers license around their neck all the times. We can’t have any anonymity at all anymore if we are to be a World Class City.
    4) The City should pave over everyone’s yard, so that residents will become fully indoctrinated into the “over-development is good” dogma. But the City should give each homeowner a pointsetta plant at Christmas and a pamphlet that assures them that Winter Park is being over-developed in a green sensitive way. Trees should be torn town by the City at night so no one notices.
    5) Because there are not enough cars coming into Winter Park, we support a $100 million bond to extend Park Avenue to I-4. This extension would bulldoze through homes, cutting a road through Rollins, College Quarter, Virginia Heights, Lake Sue and surrounding neighborhoods, Mead Garden and surrounding neighborhoods, The Tennis Courts, and the extension would overpass over Orange Ave, 17-92, the historic neighborhood near there, and the Park Avenue extension would end at I-4 between the Park and Fairbanks exits. This would ensure that the former church property 5 story parking garages in downtown Winter Park remain full at all times.
    6) All City Commission candidates should be required to take a loyalty oath to the developers.
    7) At City Commission meetings the Pledge to the Flag, should be replaced with the Pledge to the Developers. “I pledge allegiance, to the Developers, of the region of Central Florida, and to the over-development, for which they stand. One giant paved over region, unrecognizable, with bull dozers, and cement mixers, glass, and steel, for all.”
    8) All Parks must be converted to high density residential, office, restaurant, or retail no later than June 30, 2018.
    9) All voters should be required to tell the elections supervisors who they voted for. Anyone voting for a “Neighborhood Character” or “Green Space” or “Less Traffic” candidate will be immediately escorted to a dunk tank where they will sit as part of a fundraiser to send kids to over-development indoctrination summer camps.
    10) Giant 50 feet tall electronic light billboards featuring a photograph of our leader, Pitt, should be placed at every entrance to the city, with the caption, “Identify Yourself!” (OK, we are a cult)

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  13. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Ms. Mooney, for the outstanding public service journalism at Winter Park Voice, your clarity and ability to focus upon multiple issues facing Winter Park, and your dignity and style.

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