An open letter from Suzanne Kidd to the Apopka voters

first_img Thomas From the Suzanne Kidd campaignDEAR APOPKA VOTERS………………………………………………HELLO!!!Please allow me to introduce myself. I’m Suzanne Kidd and I’m a candidate for Seat 1 on our Apopka City Council. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for welcoming me so warmly into your homes these last months to share with you a vision of the amazing future we can build together for our beloved City. Like most designers I’m very visual, always seeking to bring more beauty into our world and make life better for all of us. Our City has been hard at work these last few years laying the groundwork for some amazing possibilities! So, on the eve of this consequential election next Tuesday, I invite you to journey along with me now for a tour of what CAN be in store for us IF we choose the right, forward-looking leadership.Imagine, if you will, a fabulous community recreation venue, centered around Kit Land Nelson Park and Edwards Field. What do we see? Maybe an athletic complex, featuring a gymnasium for multiple sports and exercise, our long-desired community pool, fitness trail, and basketball and tennis courts. Nearby, under the sheltering trees, kids of all ages frolic in the cooling waters of our new splash park, and romp on the new play equipment our City grant writer found the money to pay for. Weekends could find us gathered for mini-festivals or movies-in-the-park at the currently little-used Gazebo. Seniors, possibly living in the new neighborhood just up the way planned for the old Florida Hospital site, bike and stroll down the adjacent West Orange Trail to mingle with other age groups and avail themselves of the Central Park Recreation Complex. A little further north along Park Avenue, across from the Apopka Post Office, on the old little league site, imagine our first-ever activity zone designed especially with our older youth in mind. It could become an outdoor adventure playground, complete with the long-asked for skate park. Other energy-burning activities like BMX trail, rock climbing wall and multi use games areas could be considered for a safe, supervised gathering area for our teens.Meanwhile, back in center city, we’ve created a walkable, bikeable downtown, connecting our new City Center at Highland Manor to the Station Street District along Central Avenue by way of the 6th Street Promenade (See illustration below). New restaurants, shops, apartments, wine bar, brew pub and more are tantalizingly close to happening. Soon those fun activities we crave will be found right here, in Apopka! But, let’s not stop there. Let’s find venues for expanding our cultural offerings like art, dance music, and theater. Let’s expand our recreational offerings for seniors and kids of all ages. Let’s develop our eco-tourism destinations into a powerful, revenue-generating economic engine that will be the envy of Central Florida. Let’s build on the success of the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive and the coming, passive Audubon birding park to include “natural” alternatives to the theme parks. That will draw tourists, visitors, and residents alike to Lake Apopka. Imagine us watching a beautiful sunset skim across the water as we dine at our truly special restaurant on the shores of Lake Apopka (See illustration below).And let’s dream big for our people too. Let’s imagine our City as the leader in bringing our diverse community together as ONE, where all of us, advantaged, struggling, immigrants, lifelong residents, and newcomers alike honor each other and find ways to work together to make life better for ALL Apopkans. Let’s finally take a hard look at bringing all parts “called” Apopka, South Apopka, North Apopka, Unincorporated Apopka, within one unified boundary, the dynamic City of Apopka. Let’s imaging finding a way to provide affordable housing so all of our residents can have a safe, decent roof over their heads. Let’s imagine our City evolving from an Orlando area bedroom community into an economic hub for the SR-429 corridor. Imagine a successful partnership between the City and Chamber of Commerce bringing new industry and jobs to Apopka. Parents could work closer to home and their children’s schools. Our tax base would swell, making more improvements possible to city services, infrastructure, and recreation. Job training and expanded employment for youth and the under-employed would follow this enlargement of our commercial and industrial sectors. With the RIGHT leadership this too can be our future.And so, Apopka, I’m asking you to share in this vision of our future. The picture I’ve painted here comes directly from your hopes and dreams for our City that you told me about in your homes. This is the legacy you’ve said you want for your children, and why you love living in Apopka. We are a city of warm and caring people who want the highest quality of life for all of our neighbors. My goal, if elected, is to turn these dreams into reality. If you see Apopka’s future this way too, I humbly ask you to vote for me, Suzanne Kidd, next Tuesday, March 13th, for your Seat 1 Commissioner.All My Love,Suzanne Nice letter Joe… I mean Suzanne …. A puppet in place to split the vote… March 9, 2018 at 1:48 pm UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Reply 7 COMMENTS Ms.Kidd that sounds wonderful. How do you plan to fund that? Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Gayle Lashley Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Note: This is a paid political advertisement from the Suzanne Kidd campaign. James1958 Thomas Reply Reply Reply Please enter your name here Danae Jackson March 9, 2018 at 7:34 pm Nice little Joe… I mean Suzanne …. A puppet in place to split the vote… Suzanne, you have my vote! Reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSApopka City Commission Seat #1Suzanne Kidd Previous articleOpinions differ on City Council about scoreboards at the Northwest Recreation Complex softball fieldsNext articleThe Wekiva Basin Management Action Plan: By the numbers Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Cassandra Harris Good luck sue Cassandra Middlebrook for Detroit Murray Wright High Barbara McLeod Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Reply March 9, 2018 at 6:11 am March 9, 2018 at 8:23 pm March 9, 2018 at 11:59 am September 6, 2018 at 9:40 pm Reply Such a magnificent pipe dream , let’s get one thing at a time done, when will there be be any sign of life at the city center, when are they planning on tearing down the old hospital, news to us, skate park , splash pad , pool, who do you think is going to pay for all those pipe dreams, we were promised a pool by the YMCA years ago , never happened, under the current climate, we can’t afford a sprinkler to cool the kids off, splash pad ha. Who is going to use it ,and who is going to control it, liability insurance would be expensive, the kids that need these things , how are they going to pay to use them? Well written it makes me proud to be your friend. I can’t vote for you because I don’t live in the City of Apopka. But all these visions will benefit other people who live in Orange County and surrounding areas. March 9, 2018 at 7:37 pmlast_img read more