Currently operating from the south side of the City’s Waste Water Treatment site, the Youth Sailing League has been asked by several members of the City Council to instead accept space in Riverside Park.
Leaders of the Sailing League have proposed building a $2 million facility on the western shore of the Indian River Lagoon near the Alma Lee Loy Bridge. In a letter sent to Mayor Harry Howle last month, (below), Youth Sailing Foundation Executive Director, Stu Keiller, set out the reasons why a move to Riverside Park would not meet the organizations needs.
In order to make all the City owned land north and south of the Alma Lee Loy Bridge available for commercial development, Howle, along with Council members Lange Sykes and Val Zudans, seems determined to force the Sailing League to move to Riverside Park
Zudans, who is pushing to lease the Riverhouse in Riverside Park to a brewery, is now also calling for referendums that would strip City Charter protections for the River House, the power plant site and the waste water treatment plant site. Currently those sites cannot be sold or leased for commercial purposes without voter approval.
Last fall, when FPL-sponsored Zudans ran for the City Council, he dismissed as “fake news” reporting on his intentions to sell off City assets. Zudans is being added by Howle and Sykes, both of whom also enjoyed FPL support in their campaigns.