Indian River Lagoon Council approves representation through cities

At the urging of Commissioner Bob Solari, the Indian River County Commission is refusing to participate in a regional effort to address the Lagoon crisis. The Sebastian City Council is taking steps to insurance local interests will be represented on the newly formed Indian River Lagoon Council. The new Lagoon Council today agreed to all representatives from the cities of Fellsmer, Sebastian and Vero Beach to represent the county's interests in the regional effort to save the Lagoon.
At the urging of Commissioner Bob Solari, the Indian River County Commission refused to participate in the new five-county Indian River Lagoon Council. The Lagoon Council today agreed to allow leaders from the cities of Fellsmere, Sebastian and Vero Beach to represent the county’s interests in the regional effort to save the Lagoon.
Indian River County Commissioner Bob Solari sees new Lagoon Council as an affront to representative government.
Indian River County Commissioner Bob Solari sees new Lagoon Council as an affront to representative government.

The Indian River Lagoon Council today voted to allow representation for Indian River County through a collaborative effort of the cities of Fellsmere, Sebastian and Vero Beach.

Together, the three cities will contribute $50,000 to the Lagoon Council to help fund the new Indian River National Estuary Program.

In response to the Indian River County Commission’s decision to not participate in the new five-county effort to save the Lagoon, leaders in Vero Beach, Sebastian and Fellsmere agreed to work together to seek representation on the new Lagoon Council.

The Lagoon Council is made of up representatives from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the South Florida and St. John’s Water Management Districts, Volusia, Brevard, St. Lucie and Martin Counties.

Each county commission, with the exception for Indian River, is contributing $50,000 a year. The three state agencies are contribution a total of $750,000, with another $500,000 coming from the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Indian River Shores Town Council recently voted not to participate in the Lagoon Council. The Shores is currently suing Vero Beach over utility issues.

One comment

  1. The only affront is the narrow minded thinking of Bob Solari. It has been said that Nero fiddled while Rome burned, and Solari does nothing while our river dies a slow death.

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