Best Of 2015

Best Street Fight Among Elitists: Winter Park city commission’s proposed changes to the historic preservation ordinance

Best Street Fight Among Elitists
It was history buffs and architecture purists versus moneyed developers and realtors this year, as the city commission introduced draft amendments to Winter Park’s Land Development Code, Article VIII, Historic Preservation. Silent when the Florida Building Code made construction more expensive for all in 2015, now a small clutch of bullies feels like squashing a democratic movement to preserve a few old houses. Watch the Facebook insults fly in the Winter Park Voice Facebook group (, where the profit-loving, tear-it-all-down-and-throw-up-something-new types pit themselves against the sometimes-precious preservationists who want to protect heritage.

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