A few weeks ago, City Manager Deric Feacher gave a presentation to the chamber’s Young Professionals Group on the importance of planning and being civically engaged in the process within our community. To kick off the presentation he showed a series of ‘then & now’ photos to illustrate how planning leads to what we see today. There were audible gasps from the audience at the transformation. At that moment, I thought it would be important to share . . .
How do these changes happen? It has to be a collaborative effort, and collaborative vision, between the city (staff andelected officials), private investors, the business community and the citizens of the community speaking up for what they want. With all of the future opportunities in Winter Haven, we are at the crossroads of the next round of transformation. In your opinion, what should the collaborative planning efforts be focused on?
A visual reminder:
Central Avenue before 2003
Central Avenue TODAY:Â
Central Avenue corner lot before 2000:
Central Avenue corner lot TODAY:
Central Avenue looking west in 2000:
Central Avenue looking west TODAY:
234 W Central Avenue before 200o
234 W Central Avenue TODAY (Potthast Studios)Â
3rd St NW looking towards Central Avenue – before 2009
3rd St NW looking towards Central Avenue – TODAYÂ
Central Park before 2000Â
Central Park TODAY