Plan to lease Riverhouse sparks lively Facebook comment stream

City Charter provisions exist to prevent the lease of lands and buildings in Riverside and MacWilliam Parks for commercial use without voter approval. Despite these provisions, City Councilman val Zudans is pushing to lease the Riverhouse in MacWilliam Park to a brewery. Currently, the Rivershouse is used by local organizations for special events, and is a popular site wedding, receptions and other special events.
Editor’s note: The following Facebook comment stream is in response to an Indian River Guardian story reporting on plans by the City Council to explore leasing the Riverhouse in MacWilliam Park to Orchid Island Brewery. 
Kristopher Cousino
Kristopher Cousino Same kind of person who would insist on a power sale regardless of the monetary outcome is the same kind of folk who will also sell off other city assets. You’ve sold our soul to the devil. Good luck getting a refund before we’re all in “Hell.”

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Marianne Thomas
Marianne Thomas Eric Leonhard Michael Starckx this is what I was talking about

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Laurie Lamberson
Laurie Lamberson Guess you can tell which 3 council members took bribes. Do we really need drunk parents at youth baseball, and dog parks are important to residents.

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Pearl Shisler
Pearl Shisler Not a good idea! Vote NO!

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Billy Hall
Billy Hall Hell no!

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Earl B Hill
Earl B Hill What a dumb idea. Two thumbs down.

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Jeff Maurer
Jeff Maurer When you get bought and paid for council members. The three should be tarred and feathered and rode out of town on a rail. Elections have consequences. Wake up!

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Marc Snediker
Marc Snediker Micro breweries are usually good pieces in city redevelopment puzzles. But that’s because they can take difficult, underutilized real estate and create a destination in places where vacancies are the norm. They are not nearly as good when they are displacing useful public assets. This is a dumb idea.

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Renée Ann Martinson
Renée Ann Martinson This is a horrible idea. We really don’t need another drinking establishment, we don’t need the noise & traffic this would create, we don’t need this beautiful little area turned into something commercial that would benefit the owners more than it would benefit the citizens of Vero Beach! NO

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Gary Skinner
Gary Skinner Beach people will raise hell, especially the dog park. No the dog owners will go balistic

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Tracy Bartlett Monaghan
Tracy Bartlett Monaghan Yes, it would definitely cause congestion and be a bad idea for that location! Vero has enough breweries!

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Melvz Pon Betuz
Melvz Pon Betuz Oh shut up 🤐

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Cindy Panigal
Cindy Panigal Really……. Beer and little league baseball go together ….. 😡

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Rick Swartz
Rick Swartz People act like Riverside Cafe isn’t just 200 yards from there. As it is, people can already conveniently drink while the kids play little league. That is a weak argument.

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Dina Zasadzinski
Dina Zasadzinski I hope they don’t allow this !!!! There is already a problem with parking at the dog park and they have worked so hard to make it a good.place for the animals to have a place to play!!!

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Inside Vero
Inside Vero Certainly it is not the City’s responsibility to provide you a place to run your business.

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Warren Von Kruck
Warren Von Kruck What we don’t need is yet another brewery..
Can’t anyone design a venue where live music is the focus rather than background noise to food & microdrafts?

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Robert Haines Jr.
Robert Haines Jr. Guess what else causes congestion, noise, and parking issues…SNOW BIRDS! But they have the all mighty dollar and we have to just put up with their rudeness for 6 months out of the year.

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Beth Franks
Beth Franks Just say no

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Judyth Piazza
Judyth Piazza so what? Grow or fade away. It is a big world out there, be part of it 🙂

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Inside Vero
Inside Vero Grow in the wrong way, and you’ll, indeed, fade away.

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Chris Gauthier
Chris Gauthier Bad idea for many reasons the biggest problem I see would be just the parking alone you have a ballfield you have a dog park and then you have the boat ramp it’s hard enough to park a boat and trailer over there now as it is never mind the other list of problems

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Roger Walker
Roger Walker Not enough parking for the dog park, much less trucks and trailers!

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Liz Sherman
Liz Sherman I can’t believe that it is even a consideration for the City to give up Public Use Land/facility for a private purpose .
Please don’t allow this !!

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Liz Sherman
Liz Sherman Keep public land Public. Not private enterprise . Period !

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Bixby Harrison
Bixby Harrison Other than selling off what should have been public lands, it all goes to a brewery and a head ache for VBPD…frankly, the beer is just ok, although amazing that a brewery is in VB, the beer is not. Nice try…Leave it alone.

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Warren Von Kruck
Warren Von Kruck Inside Vero…..
Id be happy to film a debate of citizens and broadcast it…hint hint…

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Inside Vero
Inside Vero Go for it.

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Adam Brobst
Adam Brobst I recall that a part of said park is now fenced off and private, a bunch of kayaks sitting around. This happened at another park I’ve gone to since I was a teenager(south county). Where we’d play football and hit golf balls is now privately owned. NoneSee More

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Susan Rivenbark Large
Susan Rivenbark Large Dog Park, Baseball field,trucks with boat trailer. Does anyone realize it’s not that big of area. Let it be. Vote No😜

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Dennis F. Stanton
Dennis F. Stanton Let me say this, I love the breweries and I’ve been to a lot of them. I don’t drink a lot but I enjoy trying new things…
I don’t agree with putting a brewery down by the dog park, for number of reasons. Parking is an issue you’ve got the boaters and See More

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Craigen Solo Perkins
Craigen Solo Perkins We don’t have enough breweries with bitter flat beer already?

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Kate Valutas Pohlig
Kate Valutas Pohlig I’m all for it! Great family that owns it and it’s not a drunken hangout. It’s a classy place!

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Liz Sherman
Liz Sherman Hmmm. What is the Zoning ? I’ll look it up 🙂

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William Burnam
William Burnam Oh jeez… what a pretentious bunch of wimps Vero has become!
That micro brew is the classiest most modern upgrade to that city in decades.
How many of you whiners are simply pissed they didn’t build it on your more affluent side of town? … so now See More

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Chris Woodruff
Chris Woodruff Is this up for a vote? Doesn’t seem like it is. I was under the impression that it would have to put up for bid so other business could have an opportunity

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Deedee Shores-Sant Angelo
Deedee Shores-Sant Angelo I vote no. There is hardly any parking for boat trailers now!

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Ted Saylor
Ted Saylor Boat ramps and a Brewery, what a great combo! What could go wrong?

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Will Temple
Will Temple This town does not want to economically grow at all …

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Scott Adams
Scott Adams Let’s talk about the building … that still has storm damage from last years hurricane.. that the city has no money to fix … and no one rents it…let’s keep wasting tax dollars on an empty damaged money pit… makes sense,…👍k

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  1. Question: Is it legal to have alcoholic beverages in a public park? Either way putting a business in this park is a bad idea. Do I smell recall election in the air?

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