The new naysayers should leave Vero Beach alone



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Did you know that the City of Vero Beach has an agreement to buy their wholesale power from the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) thru the year 2028? That’s a fact.

So, who could fault the City of Vero Beach for trying to re-negotiate the existing agreement with OUC in order to try to get a better deal on their wholesale purchase?

Jim O’Connor, City Manager, and recently acquired attorney “Schef” Wright quietly went about the business of some soft negotiations with OUC for the purpose of getting cheaper rates for Vero Electric customers. They were not asking for much….just asking for the courtesy of OUC to give the City of Vero Beach the same rates they were giving the City of Lake Worth.

The results of these initial negotiations are underway and of course OUC probably wants some take in this give and take type of negotiations, so it may be debatable at this time as to whether or not Vero has much more to give. They are really just saying please, please, just give us the same rates as what you are giving to the City of Lake Worth. Yes, we have Stanton 1 and 2 and St. Lucie that maybe could be woven into the deal but mostly it is just a pretty please, help us out, we want the same rates as Lakeland….Please help us out.

Now, getting back to the City’s contract with OUC….Yes, it is true that the City is committed thru 2028 to buy wholesale power from them, so, why are we hearing from the dark side – the new “naysayers” that Vero Beach is adding more years to this contract just to get cheaper wholesale rates. That is not true.

Let me say this again – the thing on the table with OUC is to try to get the same rates that they are giving Lakeland. Oh, I know, we have a few things that we might have to give away to get better rates from OUC but adding more years to the existing contract with OUC was not an item on the bargaining table from what I am being told.

So, “Scottie Boy” Stradley ought to sit down and wait for the real deal, if in fact there ever will be a real deal, between OUC and Vero Beach with regards to cheaper rates, and he should not be putting garbage into the minds of the public about the City having to extend the OUC contract past the time that already exists on the City’s contract with OUC. That contract is now in existence through the year 2028 and to my knowledge it is not being negotiated to be extended in order to get the cost down today.

Shame on you Scottie Boy, and shame on you PJ for trying to confuse the public on the City’s efforts to get the rates down. But, then again, wasn’t Scott Stradley the same guy who publicly accused Jay Kramer for openly supporting Gov. Rich Scott in the election. Hmmm.

As I stated, the old sell crowd are now the new “naysayers”. They make up the new crowd who are now saying “NO” to lower rates. Go figure. Now that the sale is all but DEAD, this new group of “naysayers” are saying no to any and all efforts that the City of Vero Beach is willing to do to get us all cheaper rates.

In fact, Commissioner Wesley Davis is so against Vero Beach trying to get cheaper rates that he would like to see the County put an injunction on Vero Beach for doing so. Honestly folks, I could not be making this up if I tried.

While the new crowd of “naysayers” are saying no to cheaper rates, they continue to throw good taxpayer money after bad by supporting lawsuits that will go nowhere except to cause yet even higher rates. What the new “naysayers” are really saying is – “I can’t believe this scheme did not work. We thought we had everyone fooled into thinking that there was nothing left to do with Vero Electric except to sell it to FPL.”

Get over it guys…the sale is dead and the lawsuits will only cause higher rates and by all means….leave Vero Beach alone.


  1. Well Bea, you came up with a solution to cutting the rates that none of us even thought of, you’re moving back up North to the beautiful snow, ice and cold! I know that I will miss you because we basically had the same enemies and sometimes even agreed on politics. I realize that “Beaisms” will continue so your absence is not a total loss! Best of luck, and when you return make sure that you buy a house across the street from me where the FP&L rates are much lower than Vero Electric’s! Larry

  2. Hey Larry….Not a bad idea. In my next life I will own two homes and hopefully live across the street from you. LOL

    And, one more thing….I shall not go until my home sells and I turned down two offers and took the third and guess what…The deal fell through so….I am at square one so…not so fast.

  3. By any chance the deal that fell through….was that Mr. Frost of the school board? I realize that by buying your home he could “kill two birds with one lie”! The best, Larry

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