The audio recording of the Mount Dora City Council meeting is available online. Mount Dora’s Mayor, Melissa DeMarco, was a seasoned planning professional before holding public office and as Tim Bailey’s attorney tried to spin The Parks of Mount Dora project as a pawn between the city of Mount Dora and Orange County, she saw past the ruse and took control of the meeting. As she pointed out, “The developer of this project is a speculator, they speculated on something and it doesn’t always go your way when you’re speculating…” [43:15].
The audio recording starts at 16:30. Tim Bailey spoke and intimated that Walgreens Drug Store was interested in constructing a store in the area and that, along with the input of some residents indicated demand. [Wait a minute, Tim, some residents don't speak for most of the residents.]
Melissa DeMarco’s planning background came out in her comments at 54:00. She referred to “canned e-mails” and appropriate placement of movie theaters. The first citizen speaker spoke [1:01] as a member of the Tangerine Improvement Society and pointed out that the Florida Department of Community Affairs recommended the project not be approved. A Stoneybrook Hills resident made a spectacle of himself [1:03] and provided no valid support for the project. He doesn’t seem to know that he lives in Tangerine either. Another resident spoke eloquently [1:10:45] and stated this project would pave the way for development along US 441 and asked that Mount Dora not approve the project.
Things get heated at 1:41:00 making a JPA sound interesting.
The Parks of Mount Dora aka Park Village was voted down 7 – 0.