Carpetbaggers try to pull political s...

Carpetbaggers try to pull political strings in Eustis

There are 16 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Aug 17, 2008, titled Carpetbaggers try to pull political strings in Eustis. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

That city between Tavares and Mount Dora -- is it Eustis or Chicago? For a few seconds after opening a peculiar e-mail last week, visions of ward healers and dead people voting danced through my head.

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Juan

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

#1 Aug 17, 2008
Olsen is right, blacks will vote color and not issues. Hispanics do the same thing. Any city with a large minority population doesn't have a chance. Why do you think we have white flight from cities and huge suburban areas that become cities because of the influx of whites?
Steve R

Dunnellon, FL

#2 Aug 17, 2008
Lauren, will you next expose BG Floyd and his money attempts to seize and control Leesburg Commission seats? How about some rightous indignation on that front? Somehow I doubt it because of the back scratching going on.
Aloof

Jacksonville, FL

#3 Aug 17, 2008
Steve R wrote:
Lauren, will you next expose BG Floyd and his money attempts to seize and control Leesburg Commission seats? How about some rightous indignation on that front? Somehow I doubt it because of the back scratching going on.
Huh? Where did that come from? Are we lobbing the ole' unsubstantiated claim bomb, perhaps? You think you are a clever propagandist. Yes?
NativeSon

Eustis, FL

#4 Aug 17, 2008
Lauren, you've done it this time! I am so thankful that Olson was dumb enought to send the email to the city clerk. Eustis commissioners are finally taking control of the uncontrolled growth that has gone unchecked for decades at the hands of a few politicos who have had their back pockets filled by Olsen types. Ales, Rotella and Smith are certainly not on the take. The others, however, are just looking for a majority so they can cram uncontrolled growth down our throats once again. They need to worry about making Eustis a more attractive city for those of us already here and paying taxes, rather than worrying about how to make a few fat-cat out-of-towners tens of millions richer and dooming us to uncontrolled growth, water shortage, poor response times for police and fire, and traffic congestion. Say YES to William Ferree, James Rotella and Johnny Smith. Give Hale, Holland and Hooper the same boot Manning and Royce got.
FSL

Eustis, FL

#5 Aug 18, 2008
Thanks Lauren for picking this one up. After moving back to Eustis after 15 years, not much has changed since I left except for the hospital picking up and moving away, leaving a large hole downtown. I'm not quite sure what NativeSon is basing his poor response times for the emergency services and traffic congestion; if anything, the time is more directly related to cutbacks in emergency services personnel than anything else. If anything, perhaps city management needs a better check and balance from the elected commissioners as opposed to a seemingly blank check for some projects while city employees and residents alike feel the squeeze in the wallet. If anything, the city needs a change. The current mayor has decided not to run after 20 years in service, and her husband is running instead, which would give the city another 20 years of being stagnant to businesses. My vote will be NO for Johnny Smith. As for Mike Holland, perhaps you need to see what he stands for and wants to see the city accomplish. He is a Eustis native, and shares many concerns about smart growth, and accountability of spending tax payer dollars. His web page is http://hollandforeustis.wordpress.com/
Eustis Native

Eustis, FL

#6 Aug 18, 2008
Ho Humm in the 83 years that I have been living in Eustis nothing has changed with it's politics. Politicians in this city have been bought and paid for since the city was incorporated. Should this shock anyone?

What the Commissioners should be doing is spending less time and effort worrying about the "beautification/revitaliz ation" of downtown, paying consultants to find a better city slogan and worry more about the community of Eustis as a whole. There is more to Eustis than the downtown area.

As the old adage goes: Anything done in the dark will come to light (and a little faster with all this technology we now have.) The game is (and always will be) the same - the tactics have just changed.
DarkTomorrows

Eustis, FL

#7 Aug 19, 2008
Went to the Holland website and was very intrigued by this ...

"Meanwhile, our friends in Mt. Dora, Tavares, Leesburg and Umatilla have begun aggressively annexing land all around Eustis. Mt. Dora has already annexed all the way to S.R. 44 to the East of Eustis. Umatilla is annexing more land to our North, while Tavares has already crossed the railroad tracks on Highway 441 all the way to David Walker Drive."

"If our city is going to encourage intelligent growth and guide the way commercial and residential developments shape our community, we must have those areas under our jurisdiction."

Does this mean war? I have many ideas on how we can easily crush our enemies! Ive long wanted get back at Mt Dora and everyone knows Umatilla is originally Eustonian land.
Blah Blah Blah

Sorrento, FL

#8 Aug 19, 2008
Lauren please take some time off!

Your articles of late are flat out boring!!!!

The only only one who seems to enjoy them is "Aloof" and that "ain't saying much!

I guess I am the eighth hit on your article, boy sister you are tearing them up. NOT!!!!!
Nail on the head

Debary, FL

#9 Aug 19, 2008
Thank you for the great article, I will pass it on to everyone I know here in town.

Everyone knows what Olsen and Keating would do here, given the chance. Flood the area with crammed crap cookie cutter homes, drive property values down, and make it harder to sell existing homes. Carpetbaggers all the way.

And, Blah Blah Blah is Olsen
Blah Blah Blah

Sorrento, FL

#10 Aug 20, 2008
Nail on the head wrote:
Thank you for the great article, I will pass it on to everyone I know here in town.
Everyone knows what Olsen and Keating would do here, given the chance. Flood the area with crammed crap cookie cutter homes, drive property values down, and make it harder to sell existing homes. Carpetbaggers all the way.
And, Blah Blah Blah is Olsen
Well that makes you wrong twice!

Once in your post!

Oh yea and two, sorry I am not Olsen and don't know him!
FSL

Eustis, FL

#11 Aug 20, 2008
Eustis Native wrote:
**** Humm in the 83 years that I have been living in Eustis nothing has changed with it's politics. Politicians in this city have been bought and paid for since the city was incorporated. Should this shock anyone?
What the Commissioners should be doing is spending less time and effort worrying about the "beautification/revitaliz ation" of downtown, paying consultants to find a better city slogan and worry more about the community of Eustis as a whole. There is more to Eustis than the downtown area.
As the old adage goes: Anything done in the dark will come to light (and a little faster with all this technology we now have.) The game is (and always will be) the same - the tactics have just changed.
I completely agree with you. There is no reason at all for the city to spend the money on "consultants" regarding the city's image. Another great "idea" along those very same lines is they want to hire a professional team to design a new city logo. The funny thing is, they want to have Eustis be a place for "the arts" but yet don't see the need for a city-wide contest to design the new city logo. It would be so easy to open a drawing contest up, get the elementary, middle and high schools involved. Maybe offer a cash prize for the winner. But no, it makes so much more sense (saracastically) to hire professional consultants and graphic design professionals.
FSL

Eustis, FL

#12 Aug 20, 2008
DarkTomorrows wrote:
Went to the Holland website and was very intrigued by this ...
"Meanwhile, our friends in Mt. Dora, Tavares, Leesburg and Umatilla have begun aggressively annexing land all around Eustis. Mt. Dora has already annexed all the way to S.R. 44 to the East of Eustis. Umatilla is annexing more land to our North, while Tavares has already crossed the railroad tracks on Highway 441 all the way to David Walker Drive."
"If our city is going to encourage intelligent growth and guide the way commercial and residential developments shape our community, we must have those areas under our jurisdiction."
Does this mean war? I have many ideas on how we can easily crush our enemies! Ive long wanted get back at Mt Dora and everyone knows Umatilla is originally Eustonian land.
Have you noticed the Mt Dora city limit signs on Orange Avenue heading east out of town? It goes from Eustis to Mt Dora, back to Eustis. Heading towards Mt Dora, on 44A, the Mt Dora signs are right next to the airport. This was all in response to the current commission "disliking" the idea of businesses along Hwy 441 on the Eustis side, calling themselves Mt Dora businesses. In response to that, Eustis put signs up as you leave 441 to "inform" people they really weren't in Mt Dora. Eustis needs to stop acting like a mini-Mt Dora wannabe and find its own place in Lake County! As for downtown, that big "park" (hole in the ground where the hospital used to be) would make a great spot for a satellite campus for Lake Sumter Community College!
Eustis Native

Eustis, FL

#13 Aug 20, 2008
FSL wrote:
<quoted text>
I completely agree with you. There is no reason at all for the city to spend the money on "consultants" regarding the city's image. Another great "idea" along those very same lines is they want to hire a professional team to design a new city logo. The funny thing is, they want to have Eustis be a place for "the arts" but yet don't see the need for a city-wide contest to design the new city logo. It would be so easy to open a drawing contest up, get the elementary, middle and high schools involved. Maybe offer a cash prize for the winner. But no, it makes so much more sense (saracastically) to hire professional consultants and graphic design professionals.
Someone needs to check into all these consultant expenses. Bet you will find they are affiliated with one or more of the commissioners or an employee. We have roads with pot holes, sidewalks that were suppose to be put in for the children walking to school as well as sidewalks in desperate need of repair - where did that money go??

As always, when it comes to politcal candidates you have to pick the one you believe is better of the two evils. I have found over the years that rearely do you find a candidate that is dedicated to the whole community and not just pushing their own personal agenda. Good Luck to all with making a decision and happy voting.
Concerned Eustis Resident

Eustis, FL

#14 Aug 20, 2008
I agree with Eustis Native, "when it comes to politcal candidates you have to pick the one you believe is better of the two evils. I have found over the years that rarely do you find a candidate that is dedicated to the whole community and not just pushing their own personal agenda. Good Luck to all with making a decision and happy voting."
I think that many candidates get into political races with good intentions, but quickly become influenced by special interests, staff interests, or the interests of a small constituency. Let's hope that whoever is elected remembers that they are obligated to act in the best interest of Eustis and it's citizens, regardless of who contributed or volunteered for their campaign, or voted for them.
I feel very certain about the candidates I support - Dr. Rotella and Mr. Smith. I'm not completely sure about the other race yet, but I am researching the candidates. I just hope others will study the candidates before casting their votes. Our quality of life depends on it.
FSL

Eustis, FL

#15 Aug 26, 2008
This email is a public record, after looking at it there's a bigger question. How did Mr Olsen get the original email from the city clerk, which was distributed to the city manager and commissioners? He was either blind copied on the email or had it forwarded to him from someone on the distribution list! Lauren didn't point that out at all in the article!
HS Football Fan

Eustis, FL

#16 Aug 27, 2008
FSL wrote:
This email is a public record, after looking at it there's a bigger question. How did Mr Olsen get the original email from the city clerk, which was distributed to the city manager and commissioners? He was either blind copied on the email or had it forwarded to him from someone on the distribution list! Lauren didn't point that out at all in the article!
Mr. Olsen was sending the email to his partner and oops sent it to the City Clerk instead, which made it public record -- See quote from article...
"The e-mail was a blunder on the part of out-of-town land speculator Ottmar Olsen. He intended to send it to his business partner, Orlando lawyer John Keating, but instead directed it to the Eustis city clerk. Zing! Instant public record.

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