Come and enjoy a winter wonderful night of dance at the Indian River Charter High School’s Charter Dome brought to you by the Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) dance department. Continue reading
In a public meeting to be held from 10 to 12 this morning, Vero Beach Water & Sewer Director Rob Bolton is to present information on an alternative to replacing septic systems with sewers. A less expensive approach, Bolton has said, could be the way to protect the Lagoon from septage pollution.
Mayor Richard Winger went before the Indian River County legislative delegation last week asking for passage of legislation that would allow for the use of a hybrid approach that would be an alternative to completely converting nearly 1,000 septic tanks the barrier island to the city’s sewer system.
The Indian River Photo Club’s annual 2013 Juried Print Exhibition will be on view in the Patricia M. Patten Community Gallery in the Hazel Education Wing of the Vero Beach Museum of Art from Saturday, December 7, 2013 through Sunday, January 5, 2014. The exhibition of these talented area photographers is free and open to the public. Continue reading
Week after week after week we never run out of political baloney.
- Charlie Wilson
In a letter to the editor published Sunday on TCPalm.com, civic activist Charlie Wilson wrote, “The pro-sale utilities authority was abolished.” For starters, the City of Vero Beach does not have utility authority, per say, but a Utility Commission. Wilson should know this and he should understand the difference between a commission and an authority.
Further, the City of Vero Beach’s Utility Commission has not been abolished, as Wilson claimed. At the Dec. 3 City Council meeting, Vice Mayor Jay Kramer proposed that appointments to the Commission be made in the same way the Finance Commission is named, with each Council member having one appointment. Current Utility Commission Chairman Scott Stradley, a strong proponent of the sale of the electric system, spoke in favor of Kramer’s proposal. Stradley’s support for a change in the way Utility Commission is appointed is a fact Wilson conveniently ignored when he wrote, “…losers (referring to the recent election) were dealt with in a series of 3-2 votes along “electric lines.” More…
Listen today from 3 to 4 on WAXE FM 107.9 and AM 1370 as Inside Vero editors Milt Thomas and Mark Schumann interview Indian River County School Board member Dale Simchick. Simchick, a former member of the Sebastian City Council, was appointed Nov. 19 by Gov. Rick Scott to fill the District 2 seat vacated by Jeff Pegler, who resigned in late July to take a job as Assistant General Counsel at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Tampa.
Listening to local musician Bobby Owens sing “Money Can’t Buy Me Love” at the LOVJuice Holiday Open House yesterday, I though, curiously enough, about the recent municipal election in Sebastian. The Indian River County Executive Committee contributed $1,000 each to the three registered Republican candidates running in what was, by state law, to be a non-partisan race. As it turned out, only one of the “Republican” candidates was elected. Nope. Money can’t buy you love.
Did the Republican Executive Committee support those three candidates because they were the three best qualified to serve the people of Sebastian, or because they just happened to be registered Republicans? Was the Republican Executive Committee investing in better government, or was it simply hoping to strengthen and further expand the Republican franchise? More…
Attorneys representing the Vero Beach City Council in its appeal of the Code Enforcement Board’s ruling in the case involving John and Tracy Carroll have now filed an initial 32 page brief with the Indian River County Circuit Court.
Because the CEB, in a 3-2 decision, sided with the Carroll’s and not with the City, the City Council is, in essence, asking the Court to reverse the order of its own Board. “The City Code is vague on the issue (of prohibiting transient rentals), and therefore there was no violation,” the Board ruled. More…
The Statue of Liberty sits on some very expensive real estate in New York Harbor, but is there a price too attractive for our debt-laden government to refuse? Generations of immigrant Americans fled tyranny for the freedom that statue represents. Would it take another kind of tyranny to sell it or any of our other landmarks?
The problem arises when one person looks at the Statue of Liberty and sees a national landmark and another person sees a commodity – real estate.
A commodity is an item for which broad demand exists, such as copper, oatmeal, oil or land. It doesn’t matter if you buy Chevron, Mobil or Texaco gasoline, you are going to buy gas. Many products cannot be sold as commodities, like movies for instance. Just making a movie is no guarantee of success. It has to target a specific consumer who will actually be compelled to leave home and pay theater prices. If they don’t like the movie, it fails and investors lose money. On the other hand, every oatmeal producer makes the same product, striving for a share of the existing oatmeal-consuming market. More…
County Commission Chairman Peter O’Bryan is both a businessman and a leader in protecting Indian River County’s natural assets. In some quarters, that might be a contradiction, but in this county it is a blessing. He was born and raised in Ft. Lauderdale, graduating from the University of Miami cum laude with a degree in marine science and a minor in economics. Another seeming contradiction.
He moved to Vero Beach in 1984, working first as a biologist in conjunction with the Harbor Branch Foundation, then the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory and then the Indian River Mosquito Control District, where he worked for the next 14 years. He married his wife, Susan, in 1992 and they started a family. “Making a living took center stage at that point, so I acquired a Series 7 securities license and worked as a financial consultant for six years.” More…
If you know Ralph Oko, you are captivated by his smile and easy going manner. You can even hear it on his WAXE radio show, Treasure Coast Collectibles. What you may not know, is how Oko ended up in Vero Beach after uncertain beginnings.
“My father left Germany in 1934. He worked in a factory and when the Nazis took over, a friend told him not to come in the next day. So he and some friends rode their bikes to Switzerland that night.
“He eventually moved to Palestine and joined the kibbutz movement up in Galilee. There he made friends with Teddy Kollek, who would become a famous mayor of Jerusalem. More…