The Indian River Lagoon is our most important living asset, yet every year we allow it to suffocate more from man-made pollution. Although steps have been taken to improve conditions, the one key step – controlling storm water runoff – has been the proverbial can being kicked down the road. Our Vero Beach City Councils have talked about it, promised to take action, and then adjourned to leave it for the next City Council to worry about. Meanwhile a little more of the Lagoon dies.
This “mañana” approach to one of our most serious issues cannot continue. With three City Council seats and five candidates to fill them, voters have the opportunity to put people on the Council who will make “Save the Lagoon” a priority.
Of the five City Council candidates, only one has a long term track record of fighting for the Lagoon and that is Honey Minuse. As a ten-year member of the Planning & Zoning Commission and former head of the Indian River Neighborhood Association, she has worked with City government on a number of issues and is an outspoken advocate for saving the Lagoon. Honey Minuse is a first time candidate for elected office, but her experience and advocacy on this issue places her well ahead of the others.
She also has a stake in the future of the Three Corners; whatever ends up on those properties, could have a profound effect on the already-stressed Lagoon. Her input and guidance as an elected member of City Council will help to ensure the Lagoon’s best interests will be served.
So far, Inside Vero is recommending two of the five candidates: Honey Minuse for the reasons stated above, and Robbie Brackett because as a native son he has shown he cares about his community and it shows in his experience so far as a member of City Council. That leaves three candidates to compete for one remaining seat.
The new City Council needs to represent the interests of all City residents and businesses. The future of our community rests on decisions they make over the next year or two. On November 3rd, you will select the candidates who make those decisions.