The city commission voted 3 to 2 to lower the voting threshold to form a historic district from the current 67% to 50% plus one. Those voting for this change are telling you that your rights are less important than the collective opinion of your neighbors and that of a city board whose legal charter excludes consideration of your rights.
Carolyn Cooper, Tom McMacken, and Greg Seidel voted for 50% plus one. Sarah Sprinkle and Steve Leary voted to leave the threshold at 67%.
There will be at least two more votes on the Historic Preservation law. You can continue to offer your input to your elected officials at: MayorandCommissioners@cityofwinterpark.org.
The November 9th vote is both negative and unreasonable for Winter Park, as are most aspects of the proposed law as it pertains to historic districts.
The city commission received emails and letters against a change in the voting percentage from well over 100 homeowners and approximately 6 emails from those in support.
There were (my guess) over 100 people present at the public meeting on Monday, November 9th. According to the city clerk, 25 people spoke against the change in voting threshold and 22 for it.
Given changes to the proposed law including the change in voting threshold, the commission will vote a second First Reading of the ordinance on Monday, November 23 with a final vote expected on December 14th.
Again, you can continue to offer your input to your elected officials at: MayorandCommissioners@cityofwinterpark.org.
Regards, Pete Weldon