Mayor Leary – August 2017
Library. Events Center. Martin Luther King, Jr. Master Plan. Orange Avenue. Downtown parking. Whether it is building a new facility, adding to existing amenities, or improving city infrastructure and assets, each of these items are being explored to make Winter Park better. Knowing that each of these topics impact our lives in different ways, the city has gone to extraordinary efforts to offer opportunities for public input and feedback.
We all lead busy lives that limit our availability to participate in government. Many of us are unable to attend City Commission meetings or board meetings, but your input is still very important. For the past few months, the city has offered a number of public meetings, hosted open houses, and held targeted focus groups in an effort to gather as much input as possible from our diverse residents.
Depending on the topic, we have held meetings that filled a ballroom and others that were more intimate with a handful of attendees conversing around a table. It was great to see a mom and her son talking directly with our architectural team for the library & events center. Or watching a young resident talk directly to Sir David Adjaye, one of world’s most internationally acclaimed architects.
Regardless of the resident’s age or the size and location of the meetings, everyone had something important to share and more importantly, had an opportunity to share. If you follow the city on Facebook® or Twitter®, subscribe to its citEnews email service, use cityofwinterpark.org or simply check your mail, you would have read about one of the public meetings in one or more of our tools.
Your feedback is one of the main resources the City Commission uses to make sound decisions on the future of our city. It is our job to listen to all the feedback we receive. It is our job to listen to both the critics and supporters. Although we may not agree on every topic, we do listen and care just as much as you do about our city.
With each of these projects still in progress, and some in its very infancy stages, as we move forward, there will be many more opportunities to participate and tell us what you want offered at your library and events center; what amenities you want to enjoy at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park; what types of multimodal access do you want to use on Orange Avenue; or where the secret parking spaces are.
I encourage you to keep updated on the public meetings and process by subscribing to at least one of the city’s communication tools and participate. It’s your feedback that helps guide your elected officials in doing what are trying to do – making our city better for our families and future generations to enjoy.
Mayor Steve Leary