“Clearly they (Moss, Sykes and Wells) are single-issue candidates intent on doing the Shores’ bidding to the detriment of the people of Vero Beach. Anyone who believes they have other, broader interests, such as looking out of the City, its employees and taxpayers, is sorely mistaken.”
“With Moss, Sykes and Wells on ‘Team Shores,’ that appears to leave Gorry, Old and Young on ‘Team Vero Beach.'”
“It needs to be said, though, that many Shores residents are not necessarily Barefoot fans, have not latched on to this single issue like a dog on a bone, and may not even realize the extent to which Barefoot and his fellow Town Councilmen are willing to go to disadvantage the people of Vero Beach. Further, there are many in the Shores who do not live in John’s Island, the hotbed of so much righteous indignation and discontent. Four of five members of the Shores Town Council are John’s Island residents. It seems they agree to allow one Council member from outside JI. You might think of it as an ‘unregulated monopoly.'”
“Let me die in this old uniform in which I fought my battles for freedom. May God forgive me for ever having put on another.” – Benedict Arnold – While their capitulation to wealthy Shores interested does not rise to the level of treason, Laura Moss, Lange Sykes and Norman Wells have clearly crossed over to the other side, and are in no way concerned about protecting quality of life in Vero Beach.
Since our reporting on Thursday’s electric issue meeting in Indian River Shores, some have asked what, exactly, Mayor Brian Barefoot said when he introduced Vero Beach City Council candidates Laura Moss, Lange Sykes and Norman Wells as part of the Shores “team.” Following is an transcript of Barefoot’s remarks.
Barefoot: “I’d like to recognize, we’ve got a lot of support from a lot of folks here. Debbie Mayfield, congratulations on winning the primary. You’ve got another step. She’s been a terrific help, and she is hopefully moving on to bigger and more powerful things in the (Florida) Senate, where I think she is going to get a lot more support than perhaps she has received in the (Florida) House on issues we care about. Everyone cares about the Lagoon. Everybody cares about the train. This electric thing is a different issue.
“We’ve got some candidates that are running for (the Vero Beach) City Council that are, quote, ‘pro sale,’ whether it’s a partial sale to the Shores, though the goal is to get the entire system sold, to get the City out of the electric business, which they have no business being in. Laura Moss, who by the way, I know you in the Shores can’t vote, but you can put in a good word for her to your friends.”
Moss: “I appreciate that. By the way, I am chairwoman of the Utilities Commission, and I have the honor and pleasure to work with your Bob Auwaerter.”
Barefoot: “Lange Sykes is also a candidate for City Council. Norman Wells, and Bob Solari we all know…Bob also has been an advocate for the sale. Dylan Reingold is the County Attorney. He has been a great help to Chester Clem, our attorney. So we’ve got a team here that from many different angles can try to keep this issue moving forward.” More…