Must Vero Beach suffer with the ‘best’ City Council Shores/FPL money can buy?

$75,849 given to Moss, Sykes, Wells

This time it isn't Moe, Curly and Larry, but Moss, Sykes and Wells who are playing the stooges. The three Vero Beach City Council candidates are, at least according to Shores Mayor Brian Barefoot, part of what he describes as "the Shores team." Apparently unable to raise much money from Vero Beach residents, "the Shores team" is relying on wealthy Shores interests and Florida Power & Light to fund their attempted takeover of Vero Beach government.
This time it isn’t Moe, Curly and Larry, but Moss, Sykes and Wells who are playing the stooges. The three Vero Beach City Council candidates are, at least according to Shores Mayor Brian Barefoot, part of what he describes as “the Shores team.” Apparently unable to raise much money from Vero Beach residents, “the Shores team” is relying on wealthy Shores interests and Florida Power & Light to fund their attempted takeover of Vero Beach government.
COMMENTARY

“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.”

MARK SCHUMANN

Together with wealthy Shores interests, FPL is funding a takeover of the Vero Beach City Council.
Together with wealthy Shores interests, FPL is funding a takeover of the Vero Beach City Council.

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.

 

3 comments

  1. Did anybody notice Laura Moss, Lange Sykes and Norman Wells refused to answer my question on TCPalm’s “Ask the Candidates”?
    http://elections.tcpalm.com/races/2016/general/vero-beach-city-council
    Q19. This question is for Laura Moss, Lange Sykes and Norman Wells. The City of Vero Beach put up all the considerable expenditures (poles, wires, transformers, services etc.) to ensure that Indian River Shores had the necessary power to build and power their area of the barrier island. How is it, that YOU, as a representative of the citizens of Vero Beach, demand that the City of Vero Beach sell off a portion of their electrical territory for 37% less than what a group of experts (with far greater knowledge than anybody on Shores staff) said the city electrical system is worth? Do you even understand, first hand, what is required to get out of FMPA contract? OUC? And if you do, explain.

  2. Those of us who have ever provided services in Indian River Shores (as lawn people, tree workers, housekeepers, wait staff, cooks, chauffeurs, etc) wonder what it is that village is really after. Am thinking it is partly that there are people in Indian River Shores who are shareholders in FPL. Why would legitimate candidates for City of Vero Beach Council even accept big money from I.R.S. people when they are expected to serve COVB – NOT…I.R.S.? Does not make sense.

  3. If the” Shores 3″ get the Vero council majority the net result will be LOWER rates for Indian River Shores; HIGHER rates for Vero Electric ratepayers and HIGH taxes for Vero. WORST still , Indian River Shores will control every aspect of Vero thru the council members who they raised obscene amounts of money for. Obviously IRS and FPL will be the winners and Vero residents the big losers. Beware Vero !

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