As of early this morning, the vast majority of the customers of Vero Electric and Florida Power & Light had power restored following Hurricane Matthew. FPL had reestablished connections for all but 6 percent of its Indian River County customers by early today. By this morning, Vero Electric had the lights back on for all put 0.3 percent of its customers. In Indian River Shores, where Town leaders claim they receive inferior service from Vero Electric, all customers has power by Saturday evening.
TCPalm.com today posted an editorial from the Daytona Beach News Journal congratulating FPL on its storm preparations and response. This recognition is appropriate, but it would be negligent in not also acknowledging the Vero Electric also did a stellar job in restoring power to its customers. Vero Beach was aided and assisted in its emergency response by crews sent from other municipal utilities. This assistance was coordinated by the Florida Municipal Electric Association, an organization demonized by some in local government.
If Shores leaders appeal their case to the Florida Supreme Court, as they have said they will do, then they are going to have to fine some reason other than service to justify their claims that they are being wronged by Vero Beach.