February 25, 2010
You received a flyer in the mail today promoting a yes vote on Amendment #10 on March 9th.
Florida law requires a filing with the City Clerk identifying the people responsible and the sources of financing for political communications. Also, an individual can send political communications provided they identify themselves. The flyer you received was attributed to “Ten for Winter Park.” Per my phone calls today, neither the City of Winter Park nor the Orange County Elections office has any information on this organization. [Update: “Ten for Winter Park” registered with the City on March 3, 2010 under the name of Debera Sharpe, at least seven days after they were required to do so under Florida election law, making the February 25 mailer illegal. Members of the City Commission and Planning and Zoning Commission supporting Amendment #10 have associated their names with this person in a March 4, 2010 political advertisement in the Winter Park/Maitland Observer. Will the nonsense never end?]
Candidate Carolyn Cooper supports Amendment #10. In today’s mail Cooper promises to “respect our laws and apply them consistently.” Evidently there are people who support her who don’t have the same respect for the law. I don’t know if Cooper approves of this anonymous mail piece, but the message is eerily similar to hers: Anyone who disagrees with her, on this or any other issue, is a “special interest developer” who can’t be trusted to be “independent.”
If support for Amendment #10 is supposed to be in our best interest why did the people promoting it in this mail piece want to be anonymous? (UPDATE: …and why did they suddenly register with the City on March 3rd after city wide concern was expresses over the February 25th anonymous mailer?)
SEVEN Winter Park Mayors recommend a NO vote on Amendment #10. Are they “special interest developers” who can’t be trusted to be “independent?” Of course not.
The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce recommends a NO vote on Amendment#10. Are they “special interest developers” who can’t be trusted to be “independent?” Of course not.
Hundreds of residents around town who understand the consequences put signs in their yard opposing Amendment #10. Are these people “special interest developers” who can’t be trusted to be “independent?” Of course not.
Could it be that the anonymous people financing this mailer have a “special interest” or two? Could it be killing our commuter rail agreement with Orange County? Could it be imposing an overreaching city master plan that has already exposed our city to lawsuits? Could it be manipulating public process to restrict changes to the city master plan they wrote?
Carolyn Cooper and the anonymous people who mailed the flyer today are trying to get your support by labeling anyone who opposes their views as “special interest developers” instead of factually addressing the consequences of our policy and priority choices. Matters affecting the character and quality of our city demand more than this.
- The fear mongering nonsense needs to stop with this election.
- The “special interest developer” nonsense needs to stop with this election.
- The righteous nonsense needs to stop with this election.
- The anonymous nonsense needs to stop with this election.
Talk to your friends. Talk to your neighbors. Get informed. Be sure to vote on March 9th.
I am voting FOR David Lamm, FOR Peter Gottfried, and NO on Referendum #10.