At Tuesday’s first regular meeting of the newly elected Vero Beach City Council, a decision was finally made on what to do about the longstanding beachside parking problem. The decision was to hire an outside firm (Kimley-Horn of Vero Beach) to conduct a study.
Part of the reason so many attempts have been made by Council over the years to come up with a solution is a reluctance to spend money on something that may or may not solve the problem. It would seem that the first course of action to approach an intractable problem of this importance is to hire outside professionals, but that also costs money.
By spending up to $71,000 for a professional study, businesses, voters and residents will hopefully feel more confident that the study’s recommendations will lead to the right decisions.
The study itself will be done in two phases, with the first phase focused on data collection and identifying the specific problems. At that point Council will decide whether to proceed with the second phase, possible solutions, after receiving community input. Over the past year “community input” has had little effect on the City Council’s decision making. Hopefully, that will change in 2019.