WMFE is Central Florida's primary provider of NPR programming on 90.7 FM and Classical Music on 90.7 HD2. Part of the community since 1965, WMFE focuses on providing quality national and local news and programming. We inspire and empower all Central Floridians to discover, grow and engage within and beyond their world.
CLOSEOpt Out: I already like WMFE!

Like us on Facebook!

Support for 90.7 WMFE is provided by

Jobs and Education Priorities for Eatonville Residents this Mayoral Election


Play Audio
Business and homeowners in Eatonville are hoping leadership in the historic black town can bring progress by focusing on jobs. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Business and homeowners in Eatonville are hoping leadership in the historic black town can bring progress by focusing on jobs. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Eatonville residents will decide tomorrow who will lead the historic black town for the next three years.

They will vote for a mayor and four out of five council seats.

Long-time business and homeowners who want candidates to focus on several obstacles the town has been facing for decades:

SONJA JAMES, hair salon owner: “It seems like it’s stagnant right now.”

MARY RAINES, resident for over forty yeras: “There’s no work, you know? It’s not easy to get to jobs and all.”

CHARLES MCKINNEY, business owner: “Family Dollar moved in not too long ago. Some of our people are working there, but I feel because of a lack of education, a lot of our younger people could not exist outside of Eatonville.”

FELIX BLACKHEART, long-time resident: “It’s the oldest black incorporated town in the United States, so there need to be more black owners. Stop letting the churches buy up all the stuff in the town where they’re not paying taxes.”

SONJA JAMES: “I would love to see Eatonville have its own bank. It would love to see it have some retail. They need a subdivision or area or apartment complex where you can pull in some growth.”


Sign Up For 90.7 WMFE's Newsletter

Catch up on the latest Central Florida news and get updates on programs, events and more.

SUBSCRIBE

WMFE Journalistic Ethics Code | Public Media Code of Integrity

About Renata Sago

Renata Sago

TOP