A betrayal of trust

In what can only be described as a supreme betrayal of trust, Vero Beach City Council candidates Laura Moss, Lange Sykes and Norman Wells attended a meetings in the Shores last week where they allowed themselves to be introduced as members of the "Shores team."
In what can only be described as a supreme betrayal of trust, Vero Beach City Council candidates Laura Moss, Lange Sykes and Norman Wells attended a community meetings in Indian River Shores last week where they allowed themselves to be introduced as members of the “Shores team.”
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“A team of five utility experts has estimated it will take $47 million, not $30 million, to avoid higher rates and higher taxes for the remaining customers of Vero Electric and the residents of Vero Beach.  Old said he did not support FPL’s latest offer to buy Vero Electric’s Shores customer base because to do so, he said, would have been a breach of his fiduciary responsibility to the people of Vero Beach, and to the customers of Vero Electric.”

MARK SCHUMANN

Moss
Moss
Sykes
Sykes
Wells
Wells

Vero Beach City Council candidates Laura Moss, Lange Sykes, and Norman Wells appear fully committed to selling out the residents of Vero Beach and the customers of Vero Electric. The three attended a meeting in Indian River Shores last week, where they were introduced by Shores Mayor Brian Barefoot as members of the “Shores team.”

Moss, Sykes and Wells have at least one quality, and that is their commitment to a single issue – the sale of Vero Electric’s Shores customer base for some $17 million less than experts say would be needed to prevent the partial sale from causing higher electric rates and higher taxes for everyone else.

It takes as much singleness of purpose to be unfaithful as it does to be faithful. What a shame Moss, Sykes and Wells have chosen to train their focus on serving the narrow, selfish interests of Shores leaders, rather than in being faithful to the people of Vero Beach.

Apparently with Barefoot’s blessings, at least two Shores operatives are reportedly seeking to raise up to $100,000 to help Moss, Sykes and Wells.  Their objective is to affect the election to the advantage of the Shores and to the detriment of the people of Vero Beach.

Given that the Shores has waged legal war on the City of Vero Beach, for Moss, Sykes and Wells to join the “Shores team” is hardly a minor indiscretion. It is a betrayal of the trust they are asking Vero Beach voters to place in them.

Young
Young
Old
Old
Gorry
Gorry

Three other Vero Beach City Council candidates, Sharon Gorry, Randy Old (Incumbent), and Tony Young have all publicly supported a sale of the full electric utility system to Florida Power & Light; but they have raised serious concerns about how carving the system up at the request of Shores residents would be unfair to everyone else.  FPL offered $13 million, then $30 million for Vero Electric’s Shores customers and infrastructure. A team of five utility experts has estimated it will take $47 million, not $30 million, to avoid higher rates and higher taxes for the remaining customers of Vero Electric and the residents of Vero Beach. Old said he did not support FPL’s latest offer to buy Vero Electric’s Shores customer base because to do so, he said, would have been a breach of his fiduciary responsibility to the people of Vero Beach, and to the customers of Vero Electric.

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