“I don’t really want to be there, and I don’t need to be there.” – Vero Beach Mayor Val Zudans
During an interview broadcast on local radio last week, Vero Beach Mayor Val Zudans sent mixed signals on whether he plans to run for re-election.
“The only reason why I ran for the City Council was that I wanted to make sure the electric was solved…mission accomplished…and I won’t run again unless there is a compelling reason, unless there is something I actually want to accomplish,” Zudans said.
Mayor Zudans made clear he does not particular enjoy public service. “I don’t need to sit there. I don’t need to take the negative stuff,” he said, later adding, “I don’t really want to be there, and I don’t need to be there.”
But is there anything on the City’s agenda Zudans wants to have a role in, or to accomplish? Certainly he seems set on seeing that the public land north and south of the Alma Lee Loy Bridge is placed in the hands of commercial developers.
“The only thing I could see that would prompt me to run again would be if, for some reason, the Centennial Place (Zudans’ name for the Three Corners property), issue I had something to do with, or something that I wanted to accomplish there,” he said.
In explaining why he wants to allow commercial developers to determine what to build on the old power plant site, Zudans said, “I want the community to be involved, but the community is not a developer. Government and bureaucrats think they know how to develop things, but they have no clue.”