Voters have to make their own choices but sometimes it’s helpful to know how others in the community weigh in. Many of your friends and neighbors have stepped forward to say that they support the bond referendum to support a new library, events center and parking. Scroll through and see if you recognize any names…
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Stephen Pategas, sustainability expert and landscape architect
Kevin Ratigan, 30+ years in sustainable architecture
Joie Cadle, Orange County School Board
All 13 professional librarians on staff at the WPPL
These community leaders:
Thad Seymour, former president of Rollins College
Winter Park certainly needs a new library facility, and our goal should be a library that meets present needs and future possibilities.
Mary Daniels, Hannibal Square Heritage Center
I support a new library because this is an educational facility for all residents.
Bob Melanson, WPPL Director, 1987 – 2013
This plan for a new library building will allow the Library to fulfill its full potential in bringing to the residents of Winter Park the ever needed services the Library provides. The beautiful setting in Martin Luther Jr. Park; the proximity to Valencia College; the ample parking pavilion; the expanded space for materials, meetings, educational programs; the exciting learning opportunities for children and teens; all support the community’s need for a new, larger facility. The plan has my full endorsement.
Barbara Chandler, business owner
I am in support of the new Winter Park Public Library; the library continues to provide educational programming and accessible resources to the community at large.
Christine Williams, Winter Park resident and mother of two
You can tell so much about a community by how it prioritizes its investments. By providing the Winter Park Public Library with a new and improved home, the City of Winter Park is wisely investing in what I believe to be one of the community’s most universally valuable and accessible resources. One of the best ways Winter Park can prepare for the future is by providing for its citizens a public library that reflects the values and standards of the community it serves.
Carolyn Jeffries, Assistant Director, Winter Park Public Library 1979 – 2007, current patron
After working for the Winter Park Library for 28 years, I know the one certainty is that the residents of Winter Park make very good use of their library. Lack of space is an issue that forces extensive, unnecessary weeding of materials to keep pace with the acquisition of new materials. Meeting space for does not meet the demand of the community and new service possibilities are limited because of lack of space. I would encourage residents to support the new library and events center as a worthwhile investment.
Rhonda Loft, President of Vanson Enterprises
I have been a resident of Winter Park for almost 34 years. The Library has been a very important part of my family’s life, now my adult children are raising their own families here. My grandchildren need and deserve a quality library that provides diverse learning experiences that prepares them for and even more diverse experiences than their parents. Traditions are important, but so is relevancy. I urge all residents to vote Yes For the Library!
Julio de Arcos, city board member and park enthusiast
I have supported the new library project whole heartedly from day one. I give my whole-hearted endorsement of the location, building and bond referendum.
AND these Winter Park friends and neighbors!
Ann Hicks Murrah
March 10, 2016
Want to know more about the effort to bring a new library, event center and parking to Winter Park? Try these articles:
A New Library? Why Not Renovate?
Why does Winter Park need a new Library building?
Bonds, Costs and Taxes for a New Library and Events Center Explained
Endorsements for New Library and Events Center
An Outside, Expert Opinion on the New Library, Events Center, Parking Project
Realtor Association Endorses Library and Events Center Referendum