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Letter: Mayor Lacey Under Fire from Apartment Groups after Pledging Opposition

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  • Winter Springs Mayor Charles Lacey received harsh letter from apartment associations after opposition pledge
  • Lacey had chided commissioners Canon, Johnson and Hale for commercial veto after special exemption for apartments passed
  • Lacey encouraged “family-type restaurants” in lieu of apartments
  • Apartment Association of Greater Orlando, Florida Apartment Association and National Apartment Association claimed “disappointment” with the mayor and sought to set the record straight

Winter Springs, FL—Mayor Charles Lacey received a letter from regional, state and national Apartment Organizations stating “disappointment” with his recent statements encouraging the commission to stop approving new apartment projects, the Orlando Political Observer has learned.

The letter, signed by executives from the Apartment Association of Greater Orlando, the Florida Apartment Association and the National Apartment Association, took issue with Lacey’s connection between multifamily development and issues such as traffic and overcrowding.

“As reported,” the letter stated in part, “your comments included, erroneously, that multifamily development, ‘stresses infrastructure in a way that reduces the quality of life for us all…we want to express our disappointment in these comments and the misconceptions they convey.”

As reported by the Observer, Lacey had rebuked commissioners Kevin Cannon, TiAnna Hale and Ted Johnson for attempting to pass a moratorium on all commercial development immediately after the commission granted special exemption to an apartment project near town center. He wrote in his veto letter the city should instead focus on “family-type restaurants” and other small establishments which are “consistent with the residential character of Winter Springs.”

In response to his vow to “oppose further concessions to multi-family projects until the comprehensive plan is reviewed” the apartment associations outlined what they perceived to be the economic benefits of apartments.

The letter was emailed to the entire Winter Springs commission and sought to arrange a meeting with a group’s legal counsel for discussion.

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