MEETING NOV. 4 2010 AT CITY HALL: PROTECT OUR WALL FROM DEVELOPER ON THE OTHER SIDE! INFO BELOW:
Please pass to as many emails and neighbors as you can. This meeting will in part address the area of Winter Park over the wall. A large commercial development is proposed there and while none of it is in Maitland, we need to remain vigilant and ever-present at these meetings to ensure that the developer does not even THINK about trying to bore thru our wall to open his development AND OUR COMMUNITY to not only heinous auto traffic, but to unimpeded foot traffic by the hoodlums known to the police on the other side of the wall. The ones who break into our homes in broad daylight!
The developer has already stated at an earlier meeting that having a cul-de-sac in Park Lake is "dumb". He, as a developer, wants as many roads as possible to open into his development. PERIOD.
He has no idea of the workings of the criminal element who live over the wall from Park Lake Villas and Park Lake Grove who would LOVE to have nothing stand in their way of robbing us blind, or the amount of cut-thru traffic having no wall would create, with cars trying to avoid Lake Avenue/17-92 intersection at all hours, making the fantasized potential traffic gain into his complex miniscule by comparison.
If that wall ever is opened up, we are sunk. We need to remain ever ready to protest, and the best action is pro-action, not re-action. By being present at these tedious meetings, when we are announced as a group, puts the developer on notice that we are active, aware, and not putting up with any of his crap or the devaluation of our homes or the safety of our residents.
The meetings can be dry as toast, but we are the 2nd item after the 7PM start time, so bring a book or a Sudoku, but please be present. Pass the word. Again, nothing now to indicate immediate trouble, but we need to be present at the walls of the castle ALWAYS, to protect ourselves so the enemy does not even consider it worthwhile to try. Always.
Feel free to copy/paste any of this to expedite… JOIN US THURSDAY NOV 4 2010. 7PM City Hall, Maitland
BOLO: SMASH AND GRAB THIEVES TARGET AUTOS IN PARK LAKE! 12/29/08
Be On the Look Out: The past few weeks have seen a dramatic increase in auto break-ins with windows being smashed, and anything that can be quickly grabbed being taken. Please protect yourselves and your belongings by taking GPS units, radar detectors, cell phones and cords, radio faceplates, MP3 players and cords, wallets, etc., into your homes, especially at night. The damage being done to autos is generally more costly than the items taken, so be smart and do not use your vehicle like a storage unit as that is precisely what the thieves are looking for. Maitland police are aware and are making their presence known while pursuing leads. A couple of tips given by the police are to keep all streetlights lit by reporting any outages promptly to www.progress-energy.com where there is an online form to complete. Also, keep all entryway lights on at night, and report ANY suspicious activity or persons by calling 911 and using the term 'suspicious persons'. Let the operator (who is in Apopka and may not be aware of the local circumstances) know that we have been experiencing crime and want a "drive-thru" by an officer immediately.
UPDATE FOR THE LOW INCOME HOUSING FOR THE WOODED AREA ON GROVE ST: 12/29/08
The owner of the undeveloped property, Dr. Mathur, has received another offer to buy the property from yet another low-income housing developer. The Park Lake Associations, along with some City staff, are still working toward retaining at least part of the land for a passive park. The City maintains there is no money to purchase this property for the citizens of Maitland to have a park in Park Lake, so we must all put in the extra effort and speak out to those who will listen at City Hall by phone and email. Please do not think that 10-12 of us can do it all for you! EVERYONE who would rather have a park than low-income housing and the rampant crime associated with those projects must step up and ask what they can do to help. No doubt, many more meetings will be in the near future as we attempt once more to protect our property values by disallowing affordable housing in Park Lake.
The affordable housing project proposed for the wooded area on the West side of Grove Street has been denied grant money by the State of Florida. Thanks to the astute wording of City Council, and largely to Councilman Phil Bonus, the forms needed by Atlantic Housing did not receive the needed number of points to qualify. This is great news for Park Lake, but ALL RESIDENTS need to be watchful and ready to assist the 5 Association Committee which has been fighting mightily to preserve our quality of life and property values. We are still attempting to enter into talks with the City as regards having them purchase some of the land for a community park. We are looking into grant monies and also to the private sector for a donor who has an interest in preserving this urban oasis wetland and heavily treed area from destruction. Please help when you are approached. It is through a continued united front that we will prevail! The Committee does the day to day work, but occasionally we need everyone to come forward and be seen at the various City meetings.
Thanks to all residents for abiding by the new "No Parking" signs placed on Grove Street by the City. This was done in response to numerous complaints about the unsafe conditions for driving with cars and trucks- and sometimes trailers- parked on both sides of Grove Street, even on the curves. This was very dangerous for bikers, walkers, joggers, children catching the school bus, and of course, those trying to get in and out of the community past all the obstacles- parked cars. The Transportation Advisory Board, TAB, worked very hard for many months in order to make the correct determinations on signage. Also, the most recent traffic speed survey indicated that there has been no increase in speed along Grove since the parked cars have been repositioned. Thanks, TAB!