Indian River Shores money pouring into Vero Beach City Council election

 

MARK SCHUMANN

Indian River Shores residents have given Vero Beach City Council candidates Laura Moss, Lange Sykes and Norman Wells nearly $20,000, including eleven checks for $1000 each. One Shores resident, John Dicken, of 233 Island Creek Drive, gave $1000 each to Moss and Wells. Lee Miller, of 636 Ocean Road, gave $500 each to Moss, Sykes and Wells.
Indian River Shores residents have given Vero Beach City Council candidates Laura Moss, Lange Sykes and Norman Wells nearly $20,000, including eleven checks for $1000 each. One Shores resident, John Dicken, of 233 Island Creek Drive, gave $1000 each to Moss and Wells. Lee Miller, of 636 Ocean Road, gave $500 each to Moss, Sykes and Wells.

Through the end of September, three Vero Beach City Council candidates, Laura Moss, Lange Sykes, and Norma Wells, received some $20,000 in campaign contributions from residents in Indian River Shores.  Shores contributions to their campaign accounts represents 75 percent of what the three candidates have raised collectively.

The wave of generous contributions to Moss, Sykes and Wells appears to be a direct response to fundraising efforts on his behalf by Shores residents Bill Grealis and John McCord.  Grealis and McCord have sent multiple email solicitations urging their fellow Shores residents to contribute the Sykes campaign. 

One solicitation letter from Grealis and McCord read, “Now is the time we must take a stand,” Grealis and McCord wrote, adding, “There are 3 candidates who support this offer. They are Norman Wells, Lange Sykes, and Laura Moss. These candidates would join Harry Howle on the (Vero Beach) City Council to constitute a majority in favor of the (partial) sale. You can help to get the right candidates elected. We are asking each of you to donate $1000 to the Laura Moss Campaign.”

Shores leaders have encouraged their residents to make contributions of up to $1000 each for Moss, Sykes and Wells.  Shores Mayor Brian Barefoot recently introduced all three candidates as members of the “Shores team.” Indian River Shores and Vero Beach are locked in a lengthy and expensive legal battle that seems likely to wind up before the Florida Supreme Court.  So far, the Shores has spent some $1 million on attorneys.

Vero Beach and Shores leaders have discussed a sale of Vero Electric’s Shores customers to Florida Power & Light, a move that would resolve the dispute.  FPL first offered $13 million, then $30 million.  A team of five utility experts hired by Vero Beach estimated it will take $47 million, not $13 million or $30 million, to insure the proposed carving up of Vero Electric will not lead to higher taxes and higher electric rates for the people of Vero Beach and the customers of Vero Electric.

The three remaining Vero Beach City Council candidates, Sharon Gorry, incumbent Randy Old, and Tony Young have all said they could not justify selling at the lower price.  All six candidates have said they remain interested in finding a way to sell the full electric system to FPL.

Moss’ Shores Contributors
Malcolm Katt 1708 Lake Club Court 500
Lee & Lois Miller 636 Ocean Road 500
Barbara Bruch 850 Beach Road 350
Stephen & Jane Coley 246 Island Creek Drive 500
Paul Nezi 337 Island Creek Drive 1000
Gordon Runner 105 Island Creek Drive 1000
Charles Moritz 260 Coconut Palm Road 500
Gerry Weick 20 South Ampton Terrace 100
John Dicken 233 Island Creek Drive 1000
  From Shores Residents 5450 60%
Total Collected 9135
Sykes’ Shores Contributors
Charles Long 781 Manatee Cove 1000
Edward Dayton 90 Oyster Court 500
Charlez Moritz 260 Coconut Palm Road 250
Barbara Brugh 850 Beach Road 325
Lee Miller 636 Ocean Road 500
Linn Bealke 470 Sea Oak Road 100
Francis Teller 285 Coconut Palm Road 250
John Keen 176 North Shore Point 500
Paul Becker 111 Dove Plum Road 500
Teresa Winslow 100 Paget Court 1000
Robert Smith 320 Coconut Palm Road 150
Barry Sullivan 320 Island Creek Drive 150
John Hull Dobbs 91 Dove Plum Road 1000
Richard Dewolfe 750 Beach Road 303 1000
From Shores Residents 7225 89%
Total Collected 8125
Well’s Shores Contributors
James Schnelthorst 721 Manatee Court 250
Bruce Hammonds 606 Ocean Road 1000
John Dicken 233 Island Creek Drive 1000
Charles Shoemate 180 Loggerhead Point 1000
Linn Bealke 470 Sea Oak Road 100
Paul Becker 111 Dove Plum Road 500
Barbara Brugh 850 Beach Road 325
John Kean 176 North Shore Point 500
Lee Miller 636 Ocean Road 500
Charles Moritz 260 Coconut Palm Road 250
Lucie Tamoney 121 Stingaree Point 1000
From Shores Residents 6425 77%
Total Collected 8325

One comment

  1. Guess if one has lots of money to spare, one has a right to throw it around as desired. However, we COVB residents have one vote each. Am hoping we use that power to deter the non-residents efforts.

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