Powering down: Landmark at Lake Monro...

Powering down: Landmark at Lake Monroe to be razed

There are 20 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from May 11, 2007, titled Powering down: Landmark at Lake Monroe to be razed. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

When the first smokestack went up at what is now the Turner power plant on the north shore of Lake Monroe, steamships were still ferrying goods and people along the St.

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Nancy Imperiale

Oviedo, FL

#2 May 11, 2007
Is it the one with the red and white tower? Yes, I'll miss that! It's cool-looking.
Slap 1

Orlando, FL

#3 May 11, 2007
ANOTHER PARK!
Penny

Niceville, FL

#4 May 11, 2007
I will miss it - it was cool as a kid to drive by and see the smoke stacks and imagine you could see a guy climbing up the side on the ladder. I want to climb that ladder before it gets torn down.
Dave Parker

San Antonio, TX

#5 May 12, 2007
You are freaks if you are going to miss a smokestack.
Eddie

Allen, TX

#6 May 13, 2007
The Turner plant is the one East of I-4, in Enterprise. It has four narrow smokestacks.

I won't miss it much, except as a landmark - I'ts very distinctive from the lake side. Looks like a big birthday cake with four candles.

I think the Sentinel missed the fact that there is a community of about 2,ooo people in Enterprise. Instead of contacting Enterprise residents or the county council, which governs unincorporated Volusia county, they interviewed the city manager of Deltona, who wants to develop there.

The community of Enterprise and the Enterprise Preservation Society have fought long and hard to keep Deltona from being annexed out of existence. To be fair, all annexations are voluntary, but pressure from developers and a very lax city policy on land-use changes have made it very difficult for some to say no.

Much of the lakefront along the North shore is as it has been for centuries. Allowing some of the power plant propety to return to its natural state would be a change for the better. Many Enterprise residents value this more than Deltona's need to balance their tax base. If Deltona wants more econimic development and multi-family condos and apartments, I respectfully suggest that they do it in Deltona, and stop trying to force it on their neighbors.

Just because you can find a landowner who is willing to annex and rezone and build a commercial development on your neighbor's doorstep, that doesn't mean its the right thing to do.
Eddie

Allen, TX

#7 May 13, 2007
Correction - We have fought to keep Enterprise from being annexed out of existence.

Also my post says Altamonte Springs. I don't know why - I didn't put that in there. I am in Enterprise.

I don't see any way to enter location.

Since: May 07

Enterprise

#8 May 13, 2007
OK, had to sign up for an account. Eddie was taken, so this is me. Sorry for any confusion.
Slap 1

Orlando, FL

#9 May 16, 2007
You residents of Enterprise continue to insult the good people of Deltona. Where did the residents ever say they wanted 3500 multi-family residents? The citizensd spoke up and FORCED the city to meet with them. I guess you missed that article.

Look to the NEW staff and their supporters if you want to keep an eye out for who is pro-development. It could be some of your friends and supporters on the commission.

I respectfully submit the residents of unincorporated Volusia County stop trying to influence our city leaders for their projects, Thornby.

If we should do or not do things in Deltona then Thornby is one of those things.

Citizens here are speaking up and are fed up so they may have a lot of opposition to projects wanted by outsiders.
Kim

Allen, TX

#10 May 17, 2007
Eddie wrote:
The Turner plant is the one East of I-4, in Enterprise. It has four narrow smokestacks.
I won't miss it much, except as a landmark - I'ts very distinctive from the lake side. Looks like a big birthday cake with four candles.
I think the Sentinel missed the fact that there is a community of about 2,ooo people in Enterprise. Instead of contacting Enterprise residents or the county council, which governs unincorporated Volusia county, they interviewed the city manager of Deltona, who wants to develop there.
The community of Enterprise and the Enterprise Preservation Society have fought long and hard to keep Deltona from being annexed out of existence. To be fair, all annexations are voluntary, but pressure from developers and a very lax city policy on land-use changes have made it very difficult for some to say no.
Much of the lakefront along the North shore is as it has been for centuries. Allowing some of the power plant propety to return to its natural state would be a change for the better. Many Enterprise residents value this more than Deltona's need to balance their tax base. If Deltona wants more econimic development and multi-family condos and apartments, I respectfully suggest that they do it in Deltona, and stop trying to force it on their neighbors.
Just because you can find a landowner who is willing to annex and rezone and build a commercial development on your neighbor's doorstep, that doesn't mean its the right thing to do.
I read the article to say there would NOT be condo's or apartments put on this site. Actually it says NO plans other than growing grass at this point.
Maybe a park would be nice, keep it natural!
Larry

Boston, MA

#11 May 17, 2007
Wouldn't be unique if that site was allowed to undeveloped. And what if it eventually became a scenic overlook of the lake with some self-interpretive displays or exhibits depicting the history of the commerce of the lake and the history of the site.
Mila

Orlando, FL

#12 May 18, 2007
Larry wrote:
Wouldn't be unique if that site was allowed to undeveloped. And what if it eventually became a scenic overlook of the lake with some self-interpretive displays or exhibits depicting the history of the commerce of the lake and the history of the site.
Someone always has a idea for how property owners should spend their money and what they should do with their land. The same people would be outraged if someone tried to suggest what they should do with their land or their money.

Bye, Bye Turner Power Plant!
Larry

Boston, MA

#13 May 22, 2007
Hey Mila, since when does posting an idea warrant such a response? Please explain?
Slap 1

Orlando, FL

#14 May 22, 2007
Larry wrote:
Hey Mila, since when does posting an idea warrant such a response? Please explain?
Since their is freedom of speech and expression. I am a big advocate of property owner's rights.

Expect all kinds of responses, not personal on my part Larry.
Larry

Richardson, TX

#15 May 22, 2007
At least you're not set upon here if you post like on our local online forum.
Sun Chaser

Orlando, FL

#16 May 23, 2007
Larry wrote:
At least you're not set upon here if you post like on our local online forum.
We all may not agree but isn't it great that we live in a country where we all can voice our opinions! Sometimes when a person is passionate about something and a differing opinion appears a person may be inclined to think it is a personal attack but chances are it's not and even if it is meant that way so what, stick to your guns and beliefs.
Larry

Boston, MA

#17 May 24, 2007
Good point. I've found that like in public forums, online forums are sometimes flooded with posts by the most passionate. It may seem overwhelming at times but dogged determination and steadfastness over time is the way to go. It can require a lot to do.
Z-Man

Allen, TX

#18 May 24, 2007
Slap 1 wrote:
ANOTHER PARK!
Not quite - the 'green space' will be owned bby the power company, likely without any public access. Still - the exchange of the dilapidated building, complete with broken windows for something green will be a welcome site. Hopefully the next thing to go (or get repaired) is the old Progress Energy training facility (an older residential structure) right next door. It's had a good size hole in the roof since the trio of hurricanes hit in 2004.
George Cook

Allen, TX

#19 May 24, 2007
Slap 1 wrote:
ANOTHER PARK!
Another park would be welcome, but this one is not advertised to have any kind of public access. For some of us who may drive by the building every day, we see perhaps some old history mixed with an apparent lack of maintenance. Broken windows have been apparent since the trio of hurricanes in 1994.

The building next door - an old training center for Progress Energy that appears to have been a residence at one time, has had a hole in the roof since those hurricanes as well. In order to keep the public from thinking bad thoughts directed toward PE, the power company took down signage that had previously identified the property as belonging to Progress. Please - either repair the structure or tear it down and give us more green space!
Slap 1

Orlando, FL

#20 May 26, 2007
George Cook wrote:
<quoted text>
Another park would be welcome, but this one is not advertised to have any kind of public access. For some of us who may drive by the building every day, we see perhaps some old history mixed with an apparent lack of maintenance. Broken windows have been apparent since the trio of hurricanes in 1994.
The building next door - an old training center for Progress Energy that appears to have been a residence at one time, has had a hole in the roof since those hurricanes as well. In order to keep the public from thinking bad thoughts directed toward PE, the power company took down signage that had previously identified the property as belonging to Progress. Please - either repair the structure or tear it down and give us more green space!
Send your ideas and concerns to Progress Energy and let us know what they say.
flurbex

United States

#21 May 27, 2007

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