Ken and Deborah Daige
Editor’s Note: Ken Daige is a former City Council member; he and Deborah are active community volunteers.
There is a Special Call Meeting at Vero Beach City Hall Thursday, May 5, at 6pm. The subject is a proposed plan to enlarge the City Marina. While no one will argue that the 100-year old Marina needs improvement to its aging infrastructure, the “conceptual” plan being presented is a major expansion. The proposed first step is construction of a massive new boat storage building that will dwarf everything in its shadow – the current Marina facilities, the Vero Beach Yacht Club, the Dog Park and most of all, the small town character of our MacWilliam Park area waterfront.
While this meeting on Thursday, May 5 at 6 p.m. is being referred to as a “Neighborhood Workshop” to “discuss” the proposed Marina enlargement, the fact is a majority of Vero Beach City Council members are already in favor of it. All that stands in the way of this plan moving forward is approval of voters, citizens and area residents. But wait – public approval is not required – so this is probably your last chance to voice your opinion!
There are many reasons to take a long, hard look at major Marina expansion plan – financial, ecological, aesthetic – especially when so many other City infrastructure needs demand attention. A major issue is whether this oversized building even belongs at the City Marina. A more logical location could be the wide open spaces at Three Corners electric plant site, another publicly-owned property, where a larger marina is already being discussed.
It’s your tax dollars at issue here, as well as the quality of life issues. Do we need this oversized boat building in a cozy corner of our beautiful little community by the sea?
If this issue concerns you, plan to attend the meeting at City Hall on Thursday, May 5, at 6 p.m.