I have spent time in Carmel by the Sea, California and it is a wonderful town. I would want Jack Rogers running their Planning and Zoning Commission if I lived in Carmel.
Carmel by the Sea is bordered by the sea on the coast of California, 330 miles North of Los Angeles and 120 South of San Francisco. Carmel has a population of slightly more than 4,000 in a total area of 1.1 square miles. Carmel is located in Monterey County. The county has a population of slightly more than 400,000 people in a total area of 3,700 square miles. Click here for more information about Carmel.
Winter Park is located in central Florida, 5 miles from downtown Orlando. Winter Park has a population of slightly more than 28,000 in a total area of 9 square miles. Winter Park is located near the center of Orange County. The county has a population of slightly more than 1,000,000 in a total area of 900 square miles. The county is located near the center of the Metro Orlando area which has a population of 2,000,000 in a total area of 4,000 square miles. Click here for more information about Winter Park.
Other unique characteristics that distinguish Winter Park from Carmel include:
- Train tracks running through the center of town. (Ever wonder why the rail line curves into the center of Winter Park, then out again?)
- A train station at the center of town.
- US and State roads bordering and intersecting the town.
- An Interstate highway at the edge of town.
- Five primary lakes.
Fran and I have lived in Winter Park for 20 years and have raised our family here. Winter Park is a wonderful town. I greatly value the unique character of Winter Park and side with all those who wish to maintain that character as we make necessary and inevitable changes to adapt to the circumstances of Winter Park’s unique location.
Winter Park, however, is not Carmel. Winter Park is a unique residential oasis within a high growth, sprawling metropolitan area. Winter Park is not and will never be a small, artsy, enclave isolated on the coast. Winter Park’s unique character and value will be sustained by governance that prioritizes our lakes, our street trees, our parks, and the viability of our residential and commercial assets in a competitive environment.
Policies and priorities set in the pursuit of sentiment to the exclusion of reality will not serve our long term interests.