CITIZEN LETTER TO CITY COUNCIL
Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to all City Council members from Bev Paris, former City and now County resident. She is a longtime supporter of and volunteer for City activities along with her husband, Marty. Her feelings about Tammy Bursick are shared by many in our community.
Dear City Council:
Some of you know me, and some do not. At the very least, many of you may know my name as an active member of the Vero Beach community, as a publicist, special event coordinator and marketing professional for businesses and non-profits, as well as projects that I have done for the City of Vero Beach. I am a positive individual, making things happen for activities I work on and believe in. I am presently the publicist for the City Centennial Celebration and proudly, a friend and close business associate of Tammy Bursick.
Above all, I am appalled at the treatment and call for “lack of confidence” in Tammy Bursick, your dedicated City Clerk, Supervision of Elections, Co-Chair of the Centennial and major cheerleader for the City of Vero Beach. We are all aware of the election mishap that occurred and finally, with your council reversing the decision, a special election will be held. We also know that Tammy Bursick was not the only individual involved in what happened, and certainly should not be the person so take the full brunt of what could have been an oversight by a number of individuals or in my opinion, a questionable series of events. Perhaps the right thing to do is to question whether or not the election procedures are up-to-date and to see if the Charter needs to be altered to reflect needed changes.The City may have made an error in what happened, but don’t we all try to learn and improve by our mistakes? Don’t we try to take a negative and make it a positive? It appears City Council did by asking for a special election. Could that not be the end of it instead of admonishing, embarrassing or finger-pointing at others?
Truly, to pluck Tammy Bursick out as someone that you may have lost confidence in without looking at the entire picture of Tammy Bursick is short-sighted. Tammy’s record of achievements working for the City of Vero Beach should not only be applauded, but done so loudly. Her lenghtly commitment to the City of Vero Beach overall says it all. Her abilities in fundraising for many non-profit organizations that she has served with is beyond outstanding. Her demeanor, caring personality, and honest belief in her convictions should be recognized. She is trustworthy, gracious, and someone to rely on. It would appear that City Council should consider how fortunate they are to have an employee such as Tammy Bursick who believes in her missions, stands by her words and burns the midnight oil to get a job done. She does not take credit, she’s the first to pat someone else on the back for a job well done, and she represents the City of Vero Beach, everywhere she goes, whatever she participates in, with the utmost of grace, pride and positivity. The community holds her in high esteem. The Centennial Celebration would be nothing without Tammy Bursick behind it, every step of the way, unifying the community together to celebrate the history of Vero Beach, the accomplishments made by many people, families and organzations, and to memorialize it for generations to come.
In my opinion, and I am not alone, the question of “lack of confidence” in one undeserving person is not only a ridiculous notion, but perhaps, it should be done as a soul- searching session for each of the city council members before declaring it on someone else. May we all consider what the holiday season means and what leadership truly means. In watching all the eulogies at President George Bush’s funeral service yesterday, each and every speaker spoke to leadership and how President Bush was truly an example of someone who led our country through positive thinking, solid belliefs and friendship. We can all learn from that. I hope some of that, plenty of that, rubs off on each of you at the meeting on December 11 when this “lack of confidence” is explored. Perhaps you all look in the mirror and figure out what is really important here. You have an amazing employee, friend and supporter in Tammy Bursick. That should speak vollumes to each and everyone of you. This is your PR moment. Take a negative and make a positive out it. Then, perhaps, you will be applauded for doing the right thing.
Beverly S. Paris