That newfound activism got more than a cold shoulder from the WPRA, which soon began looking for a way to eliminate its adversary.
It is unclear how much authority Winter Park, as an agent of the city, has to engage in political activities. Hohensee insists that the WPRA has full authority regarding the operation of the resort and says officials in the Webb administration have been "fully apprised" of the legislative gambit.
One administration official who appears to support the campaign is parks manager and deputy mayor Bruce Alexander, who has an honorary position on the Winter Park board. "If there isn't a need for them, then there's no reason for them to stay in business," Alexander--himself a former banker for the WPRA--says of the tunnel commissioners.
Newly elected state representative Andy McElhany, a Republican from Colorado Springs, says he expects to introduce legislation targeting the commission by the end of the month. Bills have been introduced to abolish the tunnel board before, but all have gotten bogged down over procedural matters. And commission president Jakubowski--who takes his elected position seriously, arriving at Moffat meetings in stylish bow ties and closing a recent session with a passionate tribute to the U.S. Army's performance in the Battle of the Bulge--says he's "ready for battle."
"It was great to have this lackey state agency as long as they [the WPRA] could control it," Jakubowski says. "Now that there's been some democracy, they want to change the rules.