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.
Sierra Club (2009)
National Trust (to Planning Commission)
National Trust (to city council)
Sierra Club (2003)
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
May 24, 2004
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 ..