$75,849 given to Moss, Sykes, Wells
“Now that the state’s largest investor owned utility has teamed up with wealthy Shores interests in an effort to force a sale of Vero Electric’s Shores customer base at a greatly discounted price, it is fair to say their real objective is to financially rape the the people of Vero Beach. If there was ever a time to stand up for Vero Beach, that time is now.”
In the fall of 2013, after supporting short-term, transient rentals and trashing the principle of religious freedom, then Vero Beach City Councilmen Tracy Carroll had to answer to the voters. Despite receiving some $50,000 in direct and indirect support from Florida Power & Light, Carroll was booted out of office.
The previous spring, FPL invested more than $100,000 in a political action committee headed by Glenn Heran urging voter approval of the now defunct purchase and sale agreement between Vero Beach and the utility giant.
Now FPL has teamed up with wealthy Indian River Shores interests in an attempt to elect three candidates to the Vero Beach City Council who will cave to their demand that the City sell Vero Electric’s Shores customer base for $17 million less than a team of utility experts have said would be needed to avoid the move causing higher taxes and higher electric rates for non-Shores residents.
FPL and the Shores are supporting candidates Laura Moss, Lange Sykes and Norman Wells. All three were recently introduced by Shores Mayor Brian Barefoot as being members of what he described as “the Shores team.” If elected, Shores-FPL three stooges, Moss, Sykes and Wells, will likely do as they have promised, which is to violate what will then be their fiduciary responsibility to the people of Vero Beach by agreeing to a partial sale at a price that is sure to hurt the people of Vero Beach.
And then what? The County is, as Barefoot has said, also a part of “the Shores team.” Given that the County wants to take over Vero Beach’s water and sewer utility, selling that valuable asset for far less than it is worth will likely be the next move Moss, Sykes and Wells will make, as they repay the special interests to which they are beholden.
Vero Beach voters need to be clear about this. Between the money Moss, Sykes and Wells have raised for their individual campaign accounts and the money now raised by the Shores-FPL PAC, 90 percent of their support is coming from outside interests. FPL’s spokespersons are forever claiming they want to honor the will of voters. That assertion is pure nonsense. In the political arena, all FPL has ever done is use its considerable resources to try to shape the will of voters.
Now that the state’s largest investor owned utility has teamed up with wealthy Shores interests in an effort to force a sale of Vero Electric’s Shores customer base at a greatly discounted price, it is fair to say their real objective is to financially rape the the people of Vero Beach. If there was ever a time to stand up for Vero Beach, that time is now.