Mackinnon, who continually points out she is a retired judge and lawyer, also continues to make false statements about the Paseo apartment project approval and send misleading mailers and messages about it.
At the University Club candidate forum on February 10 Mackinnon said regarding the Paseo apartment project on Denning, “I would never have approved that project like that.” Later, referencing Leary’s statement about potential Bert Harris law suit exposure related to the Paseo project, Mackinnon says, “that’s a correct statement of the law. I am a lawyer. I understand that. Those are not the facts the commission was dealing with at the time.” Mackinnon then states in the Orlando Sentinel Editorial Board interview, referring to the likelihood of a Bert Harris action when the project was considered, “None of that was discussed at the time this project was approved.”
Mackinnon is wrong.
Discussions with counsel representing the both the city and the Paseo owners affirm that when the Paseo project was proposed the owner told the city it would consider pursuing a Bert Harris action (sue the city) if allowable density approved in 2006 was not reinstated. The city had discussions with the developer about this issue attorney to attorney and worked out an agreement that resulted in the approval of the project, removing the threat of legal action while also removing future allowable floor area (square footage) and density (residential units) from the five+ acre parcel that is immediately West of the Paseo project (also owned by the developer).
The facts support Leary’s statements that the Paseo project is actually smaller than what was approved by the city commission in 2006 and that the city negotiated the result in our best interest.
Mackinnons misleading messaging and pledge that she “would not have approved that project like that” continues a false narrative either;
- intentionally (meaning that she intends to deny development rights and invite law suits upon the city if elected),
- out of ignorance (meaning she does not confirm the facts before acting), or
- for purely political purposes (but her tag line says she is “not a politician”).
It doesn’t matter which reason you pick. None of them flatter Mackinnon’s qualifications to be mayor of Winter Park and all of them contrast with the reality that Leary has been straight with us.
See clearly. Vote wisely.
Regards, Pete Weldon