Provision for partial sale is the real Trojan Horse
Vero Beach Mayor Laura Moss claims proposed revisions to the City’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan contain a “Trojan Horse.” Moss’ assertion is so delusional it raises questions about her fitness for office. Ironically, if there is a Trojan Horse endangering Vero Beach, it is a provision in a contract Moss and her fellow Florida Power and Light quislings, Harry Howle and Lange Sykes, are rushing to sign before the Nov. 7 election.
Imbedded in the several hundred page contract, which just arrived at City Hall yesterday, is a provision that will require Vero Beach to sell the Indian River Shores portion of its electric system to FPL, in the event a sale of the full system proves impossible. Several members of the Finance Commission have spoken out publicly against tying the full sale and a partial sale together in one contract, and the Finance Commission as a whole has urged the Council not to agree to a partial sale under the terms currently proposed by FPL.
None of these cautions are of any concern to Howle, Moss and Sykes, all of whom were elected with very little support from Vero Beach residents, but with substantial financial backing from FPL and from Indian River Shores residents. (Currently Howle is running for re-election and is backed by a political action committee that received all of its $50,000 in funds directly from FPL. That PAC is now flooding local media and mail boxes with misleading advertising that greatly overstates the likely savings Vero Beach residents can expect from the sale of their electric system.)
At Tuesday’s Council meeting, the FPL-sponsored Council members, (Howle, Moss and Sykes), again voted to forbid the Finance and Utilities Commissions from meeting to discuss, consider or review the terms of the contract, some pages of which are still dribbling into City Hall as of today. In response to a request from Councilman Richard Winger for documents related to the sale, City Clerk Tammy Bursick today wrote to Winger, “I talked to Jim (City Manager Jim O’Connor) this morning and he is saying that we might not have all the documents until tomorrow.”
Though the full terms of the contract are not yet known, and have certainly not been aired in public, Moss, Howle and Sykes are set to approve the $185-million deal at a special call meeting of the City Council to be held next Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.