I read with interest your article with regard to Vero Beach mayor Laura Moss and her letter titled “Dereliction of Duty.” In this letter she shifts blame to the City Attorney for her wrongful and illegal attacks against citizens who express differing opinions.
Having a police officer take any citizen into custody and removed from a public meeting and further issuing orders banning citizens from meetings is in short an attack on our fundamental freedom of speech.
Her analogies that differing opinions are akin to yelling fire in a crowded theater are equally absurd. And her new attempt to blame the city attorney for not controlling her is yet another absurdity. Her allegation of his “Dereliction of Duty” is actionable. You can’t make false allegations against those under your command without consequences. And now the public record shows that mayor making formal allegations against the city attorney which become part of his job history. If you were in the hiring position for a city attorney would you hire an attorney who has been accused by his mayor of not doing his job?
In summary, for city council members to allow or condone by inaction her behavior is the real “dereliction of duty.” The other council members have an obligation to the taxpaying citizens to remove such a person from a seat of power.
Today, Coment provided the following response to Moss: