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Community Connections: Dan McIntosh Shares How the Winter Park Public Library Educates and Elevates the Community

February 08, 2021

Dan McIntoshIn recognition of Library Lovers’ Month, Lowndes attorney Dan McIntosh, former president and current member of the Winter Park Public Library Board of Trustees, discusses how the library’s new state-of-the-art facility will offer innovative ways to engage and educate local residents.


When did you first get involved with the Winter Park Public Library?

When my children were very young, we loved going to the library, searching for and finding that special book for them to take home. I cherish the memories of our reading together, which helped my children develop a love for books similar to my own. Six years ago, I began serving on the Winter Park Library Board of Trustees – and continue to do so today.

What attracted you to this organization in particular? 

The Winter Park Public Library connects with all members of the Central Florida community, regardless of racial, ethnic, cultural, religious, social, and financial backgrounds. Through valuable educational programs and resources, the library provides an important local gathering place for all residents to come together and share ideas and information.

How have you benefited from your involvement?

As a volunteer, it gives me great pride and satisfaction to contribute to a community resource that is available to our diverse community. I am especially excited to be involved in helping to make the new Winter Park Library and Events Center, located in Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, a reality. The new, state-of-the art facility, which will offer expanded areas for library collection materials, additional study and meeting spaces, and improved technologies, is a resource this community will benefit from and enjoy for many decades to come.

What are some of the most important activities/work that the Winter Park Public Library does?

While many people are familiar with the library’s long-time service of lending books or providing a space for study and research, in today’s digital world, the library provides critical internet and computer access to bridge the digital divide. At the new facility, the library will provide twice as many computers and an expanded hands-on learning area for trying out new technologies. This will ensure that residents aren’t left behind by the pace of innovation. Additionally, the library has been continually ranked No. 1 per capita in the state for its lineup of class and event offerings, as well as its attendance – which we expect will continue to grow along with the library itself.

What do you hope that the Winter Park Public Library will achieve in the near future?

The new facility will bring additional opportunities for the library to greatly expand its current programs and offerings. I am confident that the library will find innovative ways to fully maximize the amazing space so that it can further promote literacy, creativity, and school and career readiness while also inspiring and engaging our entire community. As a central hub for education and collaboration, the library will raise the potential of all our residents and further strengthen our local community and economy.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about the Winter Park Public Library?

When the new facility opens, a special area will be dedicated to the history of Winter Park. These historical archives will allow patrons to explore the city’s collective history and learn more about how Winter Park grew from a resort community into the internationally recognized, award-winning city of arts and culture that we know today. 


Daniel

Destined to become a lawyer, Dan is a Central Florida native surrounded by more than a handful of lawyers among his relatives – including his dad who was the City Attorney for a number of Central Florida cities and public entities, siblings, cousins, in-laws, and even children. But first Dan wanted to explore the ski slopes of the “wild west” after attending Duke University and before returning to his southern roots to attend the University of Florida Law School. While in college, Dan worked in high-end retail and as a rodman on a survey crew. With this surveying experience behind him, Dan ultimately found his passion in real estate law.

With a focus on business trends, Dan has successfully guided some of the most recognizable Central Florida companies through multi-site, multi-jurisdictional real estate acquisitions, financings, and dispositions. He advises clients on acquisition, leasing and financing, title review and survey analysis, environmental issues and zoning, with attention to every detail of these transactions – from document preparation, review of title commitments, endorsements and coverages, surveys, and closing statements, and all the negotiating and documentation in between. Clients include owners and lenders of shopping centers, retail stores, restaurants, gasoline and convenience stores, golf courses, ski resorts, hotels, and condominium properties.

In addition, Dan has negotiated and closed hundreds of high end residential transactions on sites throughout the southeast.

As a real estate leader in the firm, Dan’s mission has included building and mentoring efficient teams committed to the clients’ business success, echoed in his commitment to his community. A resident of Winter Park for many years, Dan has served in leadership roles on many civic, church, and charitable boards. A graduate and long-time participant in the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program, Dan served as its alumni association president, wrote its initial by-laws, and was a recipient of its Winter Park Chamber of Commerce Community Leader Award. His leadership role on the Winter Park Library Board is helping to bring the City’s vision of a new library and events center to life in Martin Luther King Park. Dan is also a past president of the Orlando Shakespeare Theater and has been a member of its Board for over 20 years.

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