Mayor Zudans doesn’t believe our city should be in the pool business anymore. He also didn’t feel we should be in the post office business. Or the marina business. And he saw nothing wrong with trying to sell Dodgertown Golf Course to developers, or having a brewery operate in MacWilliam Park, or wanting to let developers decide what we should do with the Three Corners properties that he has already renamed a big city-sounding “Centennial Place.” He also doesn’t seem to mind trashing those who disagree with him.
But there is a reason he consistently takes positions in conflict with the wishes of his constituents. He believes his most important job is to do away with City assets that do not turn a profit or at least break even.
He believed that from the beginning, but voters bought in to his approach when the issue was how much they paid for their electricity.
When the electric sale was completed, he only saw that as the first step. It was like letting an electrician in the front door to repair a circuit panel who then proceeds to sell the contents of your home.
But that is not his primary job. His primary job is to carry out the will of voters who elected him.
He acts like voters elected him to create a fire sale of City assets. If that was true, most citizens would be his supporters and admirers. But that is clearly not what the citizens of Vero Beach want, as is evident with every fire sale proposal he makes and the negative reaction he receives from them with each proposal.
Now it’s Leisure Square. Sell the only public swimming pool in Vero Beach, used regularly by his constituents, and suggest replacing it with a skate park. There’s plenty of property behind Leisure Square available for a skate park without destroying the public’s only swimming pool.
And do you really believe a skate park will end up being built? Based on past experience with this mayor, there’s probably a developer lurking in the shadows and salivating over the prospect of redeveloping this public asset into something much more profitable and out of reach to the citizens who fail to prevent it from happening.