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COMMUNITY SUPPORT

Letters of Support and Newspaper Articles

Flanders Foundation has received community support from many organizations and individuals.  Here is a sampling of the letters and articles sent to us in support of our mission to preserve Flanders mansion and the surrounding parkland and the nearby native plant garden.

Click on a name to see the accompanying letter or article.

Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District

Alliance of Monterey Area Preservationists (2009)

National Trust for Historic Preservation (2009)

Sierra Club (2009)

Alliance of Monterey Area Preservationists (2005)

National Trust (to Planning Commission)

California Office of Historic Preservation (2004)

National Trust (to city council)

Alliance of Monterey Area Preservationists (2004)

California Native Plant Society (1998)

Sierra Club

Monterey Peninsula Audubon Society

Sierra Club (2003)

California Preservation Foundation

Carmel Preservation Foundation

California Native Plant Society (2004)

Rowntree Native Plant Garden

California Office of Historic Preservation (1998)

Carmel Pine Cone, July 12, 2009

Monterey County Herald, June 24, 2009

Carmel Pine Cone, April 16, 2009

Carmel Pine Cone, October 19, 2007

Monterey County Herald, March 7, 2007

Don Roberson, ornithologist

Roy L. Thomas, former Forest and Beach commissioner

Harold and Ann Gilliam, authors of Creating Carmel

Carmel resident

Richard G. Beidleman

Nicole Nedeff

York School film student

 

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FORMER FOREST AND BEACH COMMISSIONER SPEAKS OUT FOR FLANDERS

May 24, 2004

Carmel is a beautiful place. Flanders Mansion is a beautiful old, historic, and unique building. It is an ideal setting with views overlooking the Carmel Mission and Point Lobos. Art is inspired and created in this wonderful area; artists, art collectors, and aficionados live here. The double walled mansion is a great location for a Carmel art and history museum.

The mansion has perfect temperature and humidity for art display and storage. It has double walls and no cracks, even after the multitudes of earthquakes it has experienced in its 70-plus years. The city has accepted, rejected, and stored numerous works of art; let us empty the basements and display these lost works of art at the Flanders.

I served the city some time ago on a long investigation of conditions and uses for Flanders. Then, as sadly now, City Hall is looking for money for that eternally hungry Sunset Theater. Don't sell city property because you didn't "do the math" right on Sunset. If you must sell something, sell Sunset Theater.

Roy L. Thomas
Carmel

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CARMEL RESIDENT SUPPORTS FLANDERS

A year and a half ago I retired as a Pediatrician and moved to the City of Carmel to spend the remaining years of my life.  If I had wanted a scenic area with a bunch of individuals going their own way and no sense of community I would have gone to Bishop, CA.  It's very pretty there and a whole lot cheaper.  I came to Carmel for several reasons:

I can walk down the block from my house to the Cherry Foundation and attend a live performance or an art show.  Sure there is some extra traffic on my streets those few nights and it costs me extra to have a place like that in my neighborhood but it is well worth it for me to live in proximity to the arts and feel that my community appreciates and sponsors endeavors such as this.

I can drive or walk Scenic Drive at sunset and not feel I am intruding on the people living along the streets.

I can walk and bird watch thru the Mission Trails park and not intrude on others privacy. I can visit the Lester Rowntree Garden and appreciate the horticulture and serenity of this beautiful spot.

I can walk a half-mile to see live theater, etc at the Sunset Center and not worry about intruding on the local neighbors.

I can go to another residential neighborhood and see live theater at the Golden Bough.

I can attend my photography workshops and other events at the Carmel Foundation in the midst of other homes.

Sure it promotes traffic in these neighborhoods to offer these things.  Sure these things are not free.  It costs us each to be members of this community.

I would not have moved here unless I was willing to pay my way.  I would not have moved here unless I felt the community at large was also willing to work and support their community as well as their own private domain.  After all our private domains aren't worth a whole lot unless we have a beautiful and enlightened community in which to live.

The Flanders Mansion is a jewel in the midst of another residential area.  Once a city begins to sell off its heritage it loses its integrity and meaning.  To deprive the City of Carmel residents of this treasure would be a great loss.  I vote we keep Flanders for ourselves and those who come after us ..

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Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921
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