During its organizational meeting this morning, the Vero Beach City Council chose new leadership for the coming year. Second-term Councilman Harry Howle was elected by his fellow Council members to a one-year terms as mayor. Lange Sykes, who is beginning his second year on the Council, was elected vice-mayor.
Outgoing mayor Laura Moss had let it be know she would like to serve a second term, but she was not nominated for the position, not even by herself.
Acting on a recommendation from new Council member, Val Zudans, the Council today decided to do away with daytime meetings. All meetings will now be held at night.
Zudans argued – successfully – that with three of five Council members working full time, including himself, meetings should not be held during the work day.
City Attorney Wayne Coment’s caution that the move should first be advertised as an agenda item. City Clerk Tammy Bursick said she did not have the budget to pay the necessary employees to work the extra evening hours.
Despite these concerns, Zudans’ motion passed 4-1, with Councilman Tony Young opposing change.