The City of Winter Park is partnering with the Orange County Health Department to provide COVID-19 vaccinations at the Farmer’s Market this Saturday, July 17th. Vaccinations are available free of charge to Winter Park residents and guests 12 years of age and older.
Free grocery coupons for the first 50
The first 50 people to receive a vaccination will also receive a $10 grocery coupon.
Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines available
On Saturday, July 17, Health Department personnel will be offering first doses of the Pfizer vaccine. They will also have limited quantities of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. If you get there early, you can choose which you want to receive. The City of Winter Park will have standby medical personnel on site.
Second Pfizer doses available August 7
On Saturday, August 7, medical personnel will administer for 2nd doses of the Pfizer vaccine and will, again, have limited amounts of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
“So far we’ve received a lot of positive feedback,” said Fire & Rescue Chief Dan Haggedorn. “It couldn’t get better or easier.”
Winter Park Mayor Phil Anderson said, “We are happy to partner with the Florida Department of Health in Orange County to bring vaccinations to our community. We want to make it as easy as possible for everyone to protect themselves during the challenges we’re experiencing with COVID-19.”
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.
How about a vaccine to instill good ole common sense (and long-term visioning) into the minds of our commissioners as they juggle the future of Progress Point Park? It’s a PARK. Not a retail hub. In 10-15-20 years, when future commissions will have granted building heights of 10-12 stories on Orange Ave, this respite of green space will become an even more treasured asset. Right now its hovering precariously at 1.5 acres for green. The rest is envisioned by this commission as 1/3 flat lot parking and up to 25,000 square-foot retail 2-story building. And that’s the conservative version. Up to 30,000-40,000 sf could still be brought forward coupled with a parking garage. Does that spell C-H-A-R-M to you? It’s your park. It’s your city. It’s your neighborhood. If discarded taco trays thrown under a park bench appeals to you, no need for this commission to line up for a green vision vaccine. At a minimum, they could follow best practices and give citizens a 10-year parks masterplan. It’s a vision document. Breaking: WP hasn’t had one for the past 5 years. If you don’t know where you are going, any road will do.