Fellow Winter Park Residents,
I served on city boards for 12 years, the last three as your elected city commissioner. Now is the time to let the Mayor know you want to participate on a Winter Park board. Apply here now.
I continually encourage experienced, smart people who have proven themselves outside of government to get involved in Winter Park governance. The almost unanimous response is, “You must be crazy. I spent my life building a career and a family. Why would I want to deal with all the negative nonsense?”
This recent opinion piece explains why. It was written by Don Willett, a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Individual freedom depends on individuals. Self government requires individuals who effectively govern themselves. We need more such people involved in Winter Park governance.
I see first hand, at all levels of government, elected officials whose driving impulse is to impose their values on you through laws, taxes, and regulation; when their core motivation should be to secure your freedoms.
Here are just a few examples of negative impulses at our local level:
- Add a “transportation” tax to development permits with no plan or even notion of how spending such new revenue will improve transportation, nor any related judgment as to the value of trying to do so, or of the risks.
- Create architectural review requirements for new homes and major renovations, subjecting you to arbitrary judgments as to what your home has to look like.
- Subjecting you to thousands of dollars in fines to remove trees from your lot because you want to build something.
- Make you pay for sewer and electric connections of others when you have already paid for your own.
If you are a individual with successful experience in any field of endeavor and have a positive outlook, volunteer for a city board. Winter Park needs experienced, reasoned, smart people like you.
Sincerely, Pete Weldon