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.