Letter: Selling Vero Electric is Un-American

Editor’s note: The following letter received by InsideVero yesterday was also sent to City Council of Vero Beach, Town Council of Indian River Shores and Board of County Commissioners, Indian River County.

“I believe in municipal ownership of all public service monopolies… because if you do not own them, they will in time own you. They will rule your politics, corrupt your institutions and finally destroy your liberties!” – Thomas L. Johnson, Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, 1908

 

Selling Vero Electric to FPL is Un-American!

Please acknowledge about Florida Power and Light’s (FPL) upcoming multiple rate increases, surcharges and more increase(s) and surcharge(s) to come later.

Please acknowledge about FPL’s SurgeShield program is ripping off their customers. Vero Electric already have surge protections in all places and does not charge.

Please acknowledge about local media blackout (Indian River Press Journal/TCPalm and 32963/VeroNews) on FPL’s multiple rate increases and surcharges. InsideVero and out of town newspapers reported the increases.

Please acknowledge about Bob Brunjes, Indian River Press Journal/TCPalm publisher is married to Amy Brunjes, FPL executive.

Please acknowledge the current rates between Vero Electric and FPL is now less than 8% – greatly reduced from 34% in 2009.

Please acknowledge about long time ago, Indian River County and Indian River Shores asked Vero Beach to provide electric services to their areas after FPL unable to provide at these times.

Please stop the insanity and do not throw monkey wrenches (already cost over four million dollars in our taxpayers’ money and still counting for nothing) into Vero Electric.

Please work together to improve public power service with renewable electricity (e.g., solar and wind) and reduce the rates.

Please be open minded and read the quote below from Cleveland, Ohio Mayor Thomas L. Johnson, who spearheaded the drive to create a public power utility in the city in 1906.

“I believe in municipal ownership of all public service monopolies… because if you do not own them, they will in time own you. They will rule your politics, corrupt your institutions and finally destroy your liberties!”

That quote above currently hangs on the wall in the lobby area of Cleveland Public Power’s administration building.

You all did not win. Hate, money, power and ignorance won.

Again, Selling Vero Electric to FPL is Un-American!

Sincerely,

Michael Moran
Vero Beach, FL

2 comments

  1. The question that Moss, Howle and Sykes will not answer is– How much will Vero city taxes go up once the sale is completed? Before any sale is completed taxpayers have a right to know how much their taxes will rise. Losing $6,000,000 in income will have a great impact on every homeowner and renter in the city .Another question to be answered is how much will FPL throw into the next election for their hand picked candidates?

  2. I agree with Mr Church is there a plan in place to make up for the loss of the revenue?

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