Vero Beach Mayor Laura Moss has let it be known she would like to serve a second one-year term as mayor. The Council will hold an organizational meeting Nov. 20, for the swearing in of Howle and Zudans, and for the election of a mayor and vice-mayor.
Moss, who gives herself much of the credit for moving forward the sale of Vero Electric, believes the deal will be imperiled, if she does not continue in her largely ceremonial role as mayor.
In truth, the power sale came together because Florida Power and Light was able to bring significant political pressure to bear on the Florida Municipal Power Agency and the Orlando Utilities Commission. There were certainly other factors, including FPL’s purchase of seats on the City Council for Moss, Lange Sykes, Harry Howle, and now Val Zudans.
If Moss deserves any “credit,” it is for running roughshod over her fellow Council members and members of the public.
I thought the day would never come, but I finally read an editorial in the island weekly with which I largely agree.
The island weekly’s editorial this week calls for the Council to elect a new mayor – someone other than Moss. The island weekly’s editorial writer offers, “…in the time she’s been mayor, Council meetings have grown interminable and the level of decorum has diminished…and Moss can get downright nasty when she does not agree with someone else’s position….Moss has made the office of mayor all about her.”
The Council majority of Harry Howle, Moss, Lange Sykes, and now Val Zudans have at least two choices, both of which would be far better than allowing Moss continue to browbeat members of the public.