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November 26, 2014

Tinker Field

There are so many things to love about living here in paradise but unfortunately history is not on that list much. Historic Tinker field, a minor baseball park that dates back 100 years has welcomed some of baseball’s greats (and not so greats) as well as famous celebrities and leaders over the years. It was even the scene of Martin Luther King’s only Orlando appearance. But in recent years the park has fallen into disrepair and is rarely used, mostly for its field space. Now the city is ready to tear it down to make way for parking for the newly renovated Citrus Bowl stadium right next door. This is being done in spite of an ongoing public outcry.
Orlando’s Mike Cantone has stepped up for the cause. Mike is an advocate, a leader and a blogger whose passion for politics stems from a yearning to create a better community. Mike wants to empower and inspire his community and those around him.
Please check out his recent post below and follow his blog, I Like Mike at:
http://ilikemike.me

Orlando’s Mike Cantone has stepped up for the cause. Mike is an advocate, a leader and a blogger whose passion for politics stems from a yearning to create a better community. Mike wants to empower and inspire his community and those around him.
Please check out his recent post below and follow his blog, I Like Mike at:
http://ilikemike.me

TINKERFIELDBuddy Dyer Says City Will Demolish Historic Tinker Field

Tinker Demolition Moves ForwardHistoric Tinker Field is still in big trouble.

Earlier tonight, WFTV Channel 9 News aired an interview where Mayor Dyer admitted the Tinker Field demolition will move forward as planned. Dyer said the demolition was just delayed, not prevented.

Tinker Field has been a part of Orlando history for 100 years – and this was year was the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech from the pitcher’s mound at Tinker Field. In August, Tinker Field survived an attempt by Mayor Buddy Dyer and the Community Venues to destroy and redevelop the site when the City Council deferred action.

“At some point, we’ll do something to honor the history and heritage there,” Dyer told WFTV this evening. “I don’t think we are going to save that structure though. It’s of no use and would cost millions and millions of dollars to do anything with.”

Dyer’s claims of a possible $10 million price tag are not only disingenuous, they are clearly being fabricated. Several other cities are investing in preservation and renovation of local baseball fields while launching Urban Youth programs and other community efforts – all for much less money than Dyer is talking for grandstand repairs. There are also factors that show Dyer’s plan to “move” Tinker Field across the street is problematic. Not to mention, Dyer has already spent more than a billion dollars on other Community Venues in recent years through the Interlocal Agreement between the City of Orlando and Orange County.

None of this has to happen. Former Orlando Monarchs General Manager Mark Popkin testified to the Orange County Commission that baseball still had a future at Tinker Field despite the recent Citrus Bowl construction. County Commissioner Pete Clarke has been the most vocal in previously supporting action to save Tinker Field. At the beginning of the year, Commissioner Clarke urged a County role in preserving the historic field.

Many residents have spoken out on the issue to both the Orange County Commission as well as the Orlando City Council.  But Mayor Dyer and City Commissioner Robert Stuart want a VIP parking lot for the new Citrus Bowl, and that means historic Tinker Field has to go.

The history and culture of Tinker Field is worth preserving. So will anyone stop Buddy Dyer’s wrecking ball?

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