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Issues and Voices that Matter February 11, 2010

State of the City Address – Follow-up: Mayor Bush

Mayor Bush Followup

Winter Springs, Florida mayor, John F. Bush, and producer Stephen McKenney Steck get together for a follow-up discussion on issues the mayor presented in his recent state of the city address. Subject discussions include the corridor of economic development known as Seminole Way; the mayor’s and the city’s position on the proposed amendment 4 to the State Constitution called Hometown Democracy; his view of the 1-cent sales tax extension proposed by the Seminole County School Board; his reactions to the audit results following the resignation of the long serving city manager, Ron McLemore; the status of the Winter Springs Town Center; and expectations a resident or business owner should have regarding the outcome of a city-retained consulting firm Land Design Innovations (LDI) which is advising and guiding the city into a new level of local business planning, recruiting and development
Feature length – 21:32

(Produced, reported and edited by Stephen McKenney Steck)

On Thursday January 21, 2010, the mayor of the city of Winter Springs, Florida – John F. Bush — presented the State of the City in remarks given to a luncheon audience of members of the Oviedo/Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce, their guests and members of the public.

Mayor Bush shared the stage with the Mayor of the City of Oviedo, Florida – Mary Lou Andrews. Mayor Andrews offered a similar address regarding the state of his city. Geographically, Oviedo adjoins Oviedo to its west. The chamber’s membership draws from both cities.

After both mayors completed their prepared remarks, each responded to questions from the audience.

This shorter feature accompanies the full length version of the State of the Cities Address. To hear both mayors’ unedited remarks and their responses to audience questions, please visit “Annual State of the Cities Luncheon,” a presentation of Heard in Central Florida – HCF. Each mayor’s remarks at the luncheon were time and format restricted, a chamber rule and typical protocol followed for most business lunches.

While helpful and informative material was communicated by or between the mayors and the audience, time or inclination did not allow for more in-depth responses or follow-up during the luncheon…thus this feature.

To this end, each mayor accepted our invitation to respond to Steck’s questions asked of them a week or more after their luncheon remarks. Each mayor was separately recorded at their respective city hall office

Some of the questions you’ll hear Steck pose are follow-up or “drill-down” in nature, seeking further information or clarity on selected time-limited responses Mayor Bush offered at the luncheon. Other questions center on issues Bush did not address in his formal remarks.

This page also provides Steck’s extended interview with Mayor Bush, as well as informative links to additional websites giving you yet more information or context to issues he addresses.

Preceding Steck’s questions, as may be necessary, he offers brief context AND plays the actual luncheon remark or audience question which prompt his follow-up.

While this feature follows up with Winter Springs Mayor John F. Bush, Oviedo Mayor Mary Lou Andrews is accommodated in a separate feature.

In the extended interview with Mayor Bush, he expands on 5 other issues. They are the relationship of the city with the State legislature and the US Congress; incentives offered or in-place for local businesses; actions the city is taking to make their budget more accessible and transparent to residents; how the Mayor feels the city “can do better” – to quote a recently elected US Senator; and his view of the pending city elections for Mayor and commissioners.

In a future Central Florida Matters, we are planning interviews with principals related to a dominant issue addressed in the Mayor’s remarks –it is the role of Land Design Innovations in the economic development of the cities of Oviedo and Winter Springs.

Extended Interview & Pictures

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Mayor John F. Bush and Stephen McKenney Steck
Extended interview (52:33)


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