Not everyone loves FPL service 2

Comments to a recent post on the Indian River County Scanner Radio page suggest not everyone is pleased with the service the receive from Florida Power & Light. The post alerted readers to a down power line and a power outage west of Interstate 95 along State Road 60.
Brady Hagerman – FPL had a week to tighten the lines and they didn’t. Definitely their fault.”
Facebook Comments:
Linda Zeller – FPL does NO maintenance in Western Vero.
Linda Zeller –  I live in SW Vero and we lose power almost every time it rains. I’ve even filed a complaint with the Florida Utilities Commission. You get a lot of lip service from FPL after that. I told them they don’t have to call me, just start replacing some of these 90 degree poles and hanging lines.
Steve Demers – I had a fire on the line and they refused to expedite the call, so I called 911. The fire department got it expedited!
Sarah Mitsakos-Bass – My neighbor has been complaining since before Matthew that theres a dead mango tree tugging on the lines in the yard behind hers. House is vacant so nobody cares.
Faith Carmen Burnell-Thomas – FPL does no maintenance anywhere! The wires in my back yard caught the trees on fire and it took 2 trips from the fire dept 2 days in a row and a phone call from the fire cheif to get fpl to trim them. I called fpl 5 times prior and made complaints and I have the slip they give you that says the trees are not a hazard.
Jen Mueller – FPL doesn’t trim trees
Fa ith Carmen Burnell-Thomas – They do when they have too
Jen Mueller – I’m saying they don’t come out and trim them. Yes, if there is an obstruction at a job they’re completing but that’s about it.
Jen Mueller – Asplundh trims for them
Faith Carmen Burnell-Thomas – Fpl themselves came to my house and trimmed the trees after they caught fire 2 times at 10:00 pm
Douglas Weaver – Those sums a *&%$#@ at FPL… wish I was on City of Vero Beach Electric Utiliities
Judy Wagner – FPL is a joke, many areas in my area the poles are still leaning 4 feet from the hurricanes in 2004.

Trish Velde – They did not hit the pole. The wires were dangling lower than they are supposed to and when the truck came through driving normally the wires got caught on the truck and the pole fell. Not the drivers fault. FPL had been notified about the wires and had not fixed the problem.
Brady Hagerman – FPL had a week to tighten the lines and they didn’t. Definitely their fault.

Historic Dodgertown to host Independence Day youth baseball tournament Reply

Letter writing opportunity to support Operation Gratitude available during the holiday tournament

NEWS RELEASE

Youth baseball teams will celebrate this holiday weekend by playing in Historic Dodgertown’s Independence Day Tournament. The teams, from as far as Indiana, Georgia and throughout Florida, represent players from 12U to 18U.

Historic Dodgertown is also pleased to support Operation Gratitude and offer participants and guests a letter writing opportunity during the tournament, which will be delivered to troops serving our country. 

Tables will be set up between Fields 1 and 2 (on Vin Scully Way) with paper, pens and colored markers so players, families and guests can take a moment to thank active servicemen and women. Following the tournament, Historic Dodgertown will send all the letters to Operation Gratitude for their dissemination. Participants can know their words will encourage someone abroad. More…

So much for “conservative” support of local control 2

Corcoran touts Legislature as more responsive

Editor’s note: If House Speaker Richard Corcoran’s point is that through big spending in political campaigns corporate giants such as Florida Power and Light can gain control of local governments, as they have done in Vero Beach, he has a point. At the same time, though, FPL has poured so many millions of dollars into the campaign accounts of members of the Florida Legislature that one can now reasonably argue the Legislature is a wholly owned subsidiary of FPL. 

ADAM C. SMITH/TAMPA BAY TIMES

Florida House of Representatives Speaker Richard Corcoran thinks Tallahassee knows best.

Florida’s Legislature is more responsive to Floridians and less susceptible to special interest influence than local governments, House Speaker Richard Corcoran asserted to a skeptical and occasionally hostile group of Tampa Bay residents Friday.

 

“If you are a special interest or you are somebody that wants to curry favor, it is generally much more difficult in a comparative scale to get something through in the state government that would affect the state than it is the local government,” the Pasco County Republican told about 100 people gathered for the weekly Cafe con Tampa breakfast in South Tampa. Continue reading…

Related article… Local governments responsive to citizens

 

Decency. Diligence. Democracy. 

Where are you?  6

COMMENTARY

RICHARD WINGER

Richard Winger

There seems to be a reluctance on the part of a Council majority to examine the details of FP&L’s offer for our Electric utility.  This is difficult to accept.

The last contract was blindly signed by Council members who were not diligent about the terms, specifically to standing contractual obligations. After millions of our ratepayer dollars were later spent on legal actions, the courts confirmed those legally binding contracts.  The result was having a contract with FP&L which could not be executed.  We are supposed to learn by mistakes and not repeat them.

I have been working for 7 years to complete this sale and I am not stopping now. But it has become problematic.

When I bring up challenges to the successful completion of the sale my comments are routinely interrupted by Mayor Laura Moss who attempts to silence me. Vice Mayor Harry Howle then raises his voice, leans forward, turns towards me and proceeds with accusations that have no basis in fact.  Silence. The agenda moves on. More…

Finance Commissioners raise questions about power sale 3

NEWS ANALYSIS

“I share the concern of many ratepayers that the proposed purchase price of $185,000,000 may be insufficient.” – Dan Stump

“Sykes claims executive experience. In truth, the company he ran was a one employee, home based business. Similarly, Howle and Moss lack the financial experience to conclude a nearly $200 million transaction without advice and input from members of the City’s advisory commissions. Lacking that vital input, they could at least use some courageous guidance from O’Connor.” 

MARK SCHUMANN

Glen Brovont

Dan Stump

Peter Gorry

Vero Beach City Council members Harry Howle, Laura Moss and Lange Sykes last week voted to forbid the Finance and Utilities Commissions from discussing, reviewing, or analyzing the proposed sale of Vero Electric. (Like former Council member Tracy Carroll, Howle, Moss and Sykes all benefited from substantial campaign contributions from Florida Power & Light.)

Clearly displeased at being muzzled, Finance Commission Chairman Glen Brovont wrote to City Clerk Tammy Bursick, “While censorship may be in vogue, a finance meeting should be scheduled as soon after receipt of the budget data.” He added, “Even dictatorial societies found while the mouth may be shut, the brain can still question and think.”

Even Commission member Dan Stump, who headed a political action committee that raised and spent more than $100,000 supporting Moss and Sykes, is now calling for negotiation of the purchase price of Vero Electric. In an email to City Manager Jim O’Connor Stump wrote, “I share the concern of many ratepayers that the proposed purchase price of $185,000,000 may be insufficient.” More…

McKee Botanical Garden to host healthy cooking series Reply

NEWS RELEASE

McKee Botanical Garden is hosting a series of five healthy cooking demonstrations, “Lighten Up,” including one for children by Michael Clifford, Jr. and Jayne McAllister of Sealantro in Vero Beach.  All workshops will take place each Saturday beginning July 8 until August 5 from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm, in the Cafe at McKee Botanical Garden. The cost for each session is $45 for McKee members and $50 for non-members. The final workshop, “Fun and Healthy Cooking for Kids” is a workshop for children only and the cost is $35 for McKee members and $40 for non-members. Participants will enjoy lunch during each demonstration.

Space is limited and advanced registration is required. Participants can register for classes directly at McKee Botanical Garden located at 350 US Highway 1, Vero Beach, FL  32962 or by calling 772-794-0601. Classes fill up quickly and walk-ins will not be accepted, so register now. To view a complete description including dates, times and fees for all classes, please visit www.mckeegarden.org.  More…

Marine Bank & Trust CEO Bill Penny receives FBA award Reply

NEWS RELEASE

Bill Penney

Marine Bank & Trust President and CEO Bill Penney was presented with the 2017 Chairman’s Award by the Florida Bankers Association (FBA) at the association’s annual June meeting in Naples.

This annual award is presented to a recipient selected by the FBA Chairman in order to honor someone who has gone above and beyond to support the FBA during his or her term. Penney was selected because of his continuous support of the association, his leadership on FBA committees, and his commitment to the success of the banking industry. Continue reading…

 

Business: Hala Laviolette joins Center State Bank Reply

NEWS RELEASE

Chris Bieber, Community President and Senior Vice President for CenterState Bank in Vero Beach, announces the appointment of Hala Laviolette to the Vero Beach team. Ms. Laviolette, with over 25 years of banking experience, is the Vice President, Commercial Relationship Manager for the Vero Beach Banking Center. She is working directly with Bieber in commercial lending and with Assistant Branch Manager Vanessa Hughes in business development. Continue reading…

 

Howle, Moss and Sykes are selling out the people of Vero Beach 5

Lange Sykes' acceptance of so much outside money in his latest campaign, (90%), suggest that, if elected, he may have an extremely difficult time balancing loyalty to his patrons against his fiduciary responsibility to the people of Vero Beach.
COMMENTARY

“The troika seems determined to make the best deal possible for FPL and for Shores interests.”

MARK SCHUMANN

Imagine the suspicions that would be raised if a U.S. presidential candidate received 70 percent of their total campaign contributions from Russian oligarchs.

The Russians don’t care about public policy in Vero Beach, Florida, but Indian River Shores oligarchs sure do. They contributed heavily to the campaigns of Harry Howle, Laura Moss and Lange Sykes, and they joined Florida Power and Light in raising more than $100,000 to fund a political action committee to support Moss and Sykes in last fall’s municipal election. (Moss received 70 percent of her campaign funds from Shores residents. Sykes took in 90 percent of his campaign funds from the Shores.) More…

MPO gets scolded by its newest member, Vero Beach Mayor Laura Moss 3

COMMENTARY

Vero Beach Mayor Laura Moss (foreground) addresses the MPO.

MILT THOMAS

The regularly scheduled June 19 Metropolitan Planning Organization meeting began as scheduled but abruptly veered into controversy. The MPO is the legislative agency responsible for transportation planning in the urbanized area of Indian River County. It’s 12 voting members represent the local governments within the county. City of Vero Beach City Councilmember Laura Moss was attending her first meeting.

Twenty minutes into the meeting reviewing projects,  Moss proceeded to complain, “On this list of projects there’s not a single one that benefits the City of Vero Beach. My question is how is that allowed to happen with all these millions and millions of dollars being spent and virtually none of it goes to the City of Vero Beach?”

Phil Matson, the County’s MPO staff director, responded that the list of projects includes $16 million dollars  for the intersection of 43rd Avenue and SR60 and $6 million for A1A resurfacing. More…

Indian River Shores Councilman derails Vero Beach’s Utilities Commission 2

City Code:

The utilities commission shall meet at least once every quarter.”

COMMENTARY

“…Howle, Moss and Sykes continue to insist a partial sale at $30 million would be a good deal for the City. Just this week though, Finance Director Cindy Lawson released a report projecting that a partial sale will lead to a 1.9 percent rate increase for the remaining customers and a tax hike on City residents of 9 percent to 12 percent.”

“With Howle, Moss and Sykes in the majority at City Hall, and with Brian Barefoot and Bob Solari behind the scenes pulling their strings, Vero Beach is quickly becoming like Venezuela, a failed democracy.”

MARK SCHUMANN

Robert Auwaerter – The fox in the henhouse

Laura Moss

In what appears to be a clear violation of City of Vero Beach Ordinances, the City’s Utilities Commission has gone dormant. Indian River Shores Town Councilman Robert Auwaerter, who just happens to also be Vice Chair of the Vero Beach Utilities Commission, has yet to call a meeting of the Commission in 2017.  Auwaerter assumed responsibility of the Commission when the previous Chair, Laura Moss, was elected to the Vero Beach City Council.

Vero Beach City Ordinances require the Commission to meet to elect a new Chair.  According to City Clerk Tammy Bursick, her office has inquired with Auwaerter monthly about convening the Utilities Commission. Each month he has declined to do so.

Auwaerter is a ally of Moss, who won election with overwhelming financial support from Indian River Shores residents and from a political action committee that raised more than $100,000 exclusively from Shores residents and Florida Power and Light. (Shores residents graced Moss with 70 percent of her campaign contributions. Lange Sykes took in 90 percent of his funds from the Shores.) One has to wonder if, in failing to convene the Utilities Commission, Auwaerter is taking direction from Moss, who appears to be receiving her marching orders from Shores Mayor Brian Barefoot and from FPL. More…

The latest conspiracy theory Reply

Listening to public comments made during yesterday’s Vero Beach City Council meeting, one might wonder if blowhard conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has contacts in Vero Beach. The latest suspicion theorizes that a broadly popular proposal to develop an Arts Village as a way to help revitalize downtown Vero Beach is a dark conspiracy being foisted on the community by leaders of  the Treasure Coast Regional Planing Council. And, as everyone knows, the TCRPC is controlled by United Nations officials who seek to create “One World Government.” All of this is absurd, of course, but that doesn’t keep devotees of County Commission Bob Solari from making such claims. Perhaps unwittingly, they are being used to create an issue for the next municipal elections.  If the electric issues is well on the way to being concluded by the end of this summer, Solari, the local Tea Party and other limited government extremists will need another issue to help elect candidates determined to turn the City of Vero Beach over to the County Commission.

OUC wants far more than $20 million to settle electric contracts Reply

Winger, Young decry lack of negotiations

NEWS ANALYSIS

“Who is looking at the financial implications of this deal? It is not being done.”  – Councilman Tony Young

“Given that, as candidates, Howle, Moss and Sykes were all heavily supported by FPL, perhaps Young should not be surprised to see them accept whatever FPL offers.”

MARK SCHUMANN

Tony Young

Richard Winger

In an email sent yesterday to Vero Beach City Manager Jim O’Connor, Orlando Utilities Commission Vice President Jan Aspuru put the City on notice that it will cost far more than $20 million to settle its obligations to the OUC. Aspuru noted that the letter of intent between Florida Power and Light and the City for the sale of Vero Electric provides no more than $20 million to release Vero Beach from its contractual obligations to the OUC. Vero Beach buys the bulk of its wholesale power from the OUC.

“I wanted you to know that the OUC’s damages will far exceed the $20 million if Vero Beach defaults on its contractual commitments to the OUC,” Aspuru wrote.

FPL is now offering some some $20 million less for Vero Electric than the company was willing to pay in 2014. Previous forecasts based on FPL’s offer suggested the City would net $30 million in cash from FPL. Aspuru’s caution raises the prospect that the City could wind up getting nothing from the deal.

Despite these developments, Council members Harry Howle, Laura Moss and Lange Sykes continue to insist FPL’s offer is more than fair. This week, over the objections of Councilmen Richard Winger and Tony Young, Howle, Moss and Sykes voted to impose a gag order on the City’s Commissions. Those boards are now forbidden from discussing or analyzing the impacts of the proposed sale. More…

Riverside Theatre continues Vegas Nights and adds a Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament Reply

NEWS RELEASE 

Due to the continuing success of the Comedy Zone and Howl at the Moon evenings at Riverside Theatre, Vegas Nights returns for the entire month of July 2017.

In addition to the professional stand-up comedians and dueling pianists performing on the Waxlax Stage, patrons are invited to our exciting Las Vegas-style casino night parties with live entertainment inside and outside the theatre. Play a game of chance at the blackjack and craps tables, or get a lucky hand at Caribbean poker. Play with our ‘casino money’ and then cash in your winnings for raffle tickets to win some great prizes. All proceeds benefit children’s theatre scholarships and at Riverside Theatre.

“We experienced great success with Vegas Nights last summer,” says Jon Moses, Managing Director of Riverside Theatre. “People really enjoyed the different activities offered. We hope people return and enjoy as we continue to make each weekend a fun experience.” More…

Space Coast Symphony Winds and Chorus perform patriotic favorites at The Emerson Center Reply

NEWS RELEASE

Indian River County residents are encouraged to don red, white and blue and wave the flag during the Space Coast Symphony Wind Orchestra’s free patriotic concert, America the Beautiful. The concert will be performed at 2:00 PM on Saturday, June 24 at the Emerson Center, 1590 27th Avenue, Vero Beach, 32960.

Presented in conjunction with the Space Coast Symphony Chorus, America the Beautiful will showcase our national heritage as conductor and artistic director Aaron T. Collins directs the wind orchestra with music by John Williams, Richard Rodgers, Lee Greenwood, and marches from “The March King,” John Philip Sousa. The concert will open with an extended version of the “Star Spangled Banner.” The women of the Space Coast Symphony Chorus will perform several works with the ensemble, including “God Bless the USA” and “Hymn to the Fallen” from the film, Saving Private Ryan. Among the many rousing patriotic numbers will be a salute to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces; veterans will be asked to stand when their service song is played. Audience members are asked to wear red, white and blue in a show of patriotic solidarity.

Artistic Director and Conductor, Aaron T. Collins, considers it an honor to salute the USA and our veterans. “We owe everything to the men and women who have worn our nation’s uniform,” said Collins. “These concerts are a powerful way to come together as a community and celebrate our great nation. To top it off, we are thrilled to be back at The Emerson Center for this awesome concert.”

Main Street Vero Beach receives national accreditation Reply

NEWS RELEASE 

Elaine Jones

Carolyn Kleinpeter

Main Street Vero Beach has been designated as an accredited Main Street America™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its Coordinating Program partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach®.

“It is a great honor to recognize this year’s 828 nationally Accredited Main Street America programs for their outstanding work to transform downtown and neighborhood commercial districts,” says Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “Main Streets are the heart of our communities, and the work they do to create quality public spaces, catalyze local entrepreneurship, and support downtown housing is more important than ever. Across the county, Main Street America programs truly strengthen the economic, social, and cultural fabric of their entire communities.”

The organization’s performance is annually evaluated by Florida Main Street, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten performance standards. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings. More…

Hunts honored with Book of Golden Deeds Reply

Roy Howard and John Wurzburger of Exchange Club of Vero Beach with Jane McNulty, Ginny and Austin Hunt and Barb Lowry, Chair of United Against Poverty’s Indian River Community Board of Directors.

NEWS RELEASE

Austin and Ginny Hunt, founders of United Against Poverty (formerly Harvest Food & Outreach Center), were awarded with the “Book of Golden Deeds” Award from the Exchange Club of Vero Beach at their June 20, 2017 meeting. The award recognizes dedicated volunteers who give endless hours of their time and talents toward making their communities better places to live. 

“We founded United Against Poverty based on the great commandment to love people the way that we would want to be loved and this basic principal continues within the organization to this day,” commented Austin Hunt, United Against Poverty Founder/CEO.  “We are truly honored to accept this award on behalf of the countless volunteers, board members and staff that consider their work to be a calling and who have formed the organization to be what it is today.”   More…

Indian River Community Foundation awards grant to United Against Poverty Reply

Jeffrey Pickering, CEO of Indian River Community Foundation, presents Barbara Lowry, Chair of UP’s Indian River Community Board (center) and Annabel Robertson, UP Indian River County Executive Director, with a $50.000 grant to support UP’s Success Training for Employment Program (STEP).

NEWS RELEASE

United Against Poverty (UP) of Indian River County recently received a $50,000 grant from Indian River Community Foundation through its “Established Program Grant” program. The grant specifically supports the Success Training for Employment Program (STEP).  

“This grant is especially important to our purpose, which is to empower and inspire people to become self sufficient,” explained UP Executive Director Annabel Robertson,. “With 86 percent job retention rates, STEP is consistent with the national average. This is remarkable because most of the people who enroll in STEP believe that they are unemployable. STEP changes their minds and transforms their lives.” More…

Christ Church Vero Beach to host Veterans Salute Barbecue Reply

NEWS RELEASE

Christ Church Vero Beach will host the 3rd ANNUAL VETERANS SALUTE BARBECUE Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 1 pm – 3 pm .

The event is being held inside the new Christ Church Vero Beach building located at 667 20th Street in Vero Beach, FL and is the first public event for the church’s 9.23 Community Center.  

The 2017 Veterans Salute Barbecue welcomes veterans, their families and friends. The lunch, provided by Christ Church Vero Beach volunteers, will feature pork barbecue, coleslaw and beans followed by cherry cobbler for dessert. Tea, water, coffee and lemonade will also be available.

The day’s ceremonies will include an honor guard and the dedication of Christ Church Vero Beach’s newly installed flagpole. An American Flag that was first flown over the US Capital on Easter Day 2017 will be raised during the dedication ceremony. In the future, this very special US Flag will be flown exclusively on military and national holidays

RSVPs are encouraged.

For RSVPs and additional event information please contact Mrs. Connie Boyter at 772-696-2160 or connieboyter@comcast.net.

McKee Botanical Garden announces waterlily photo contest winners Reply

“Into the Looking Glass,” by Dawn Currie of Indian Harbor Beach, won both 1st place in Black and White and won the “People’s Choice” award

NEWS RELEASE

McKee Botanical Garden is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Annual Waterlily Photo Contest held in conjunction with the 13th Annual Waterlily Celebration on June 17.

On Friday, June 16, three accomplished photographers judged 128 spectacular photos submitted by local residents and beyond.  The judges selected a first, second and third place winner, as well as an honorable mention in the following adult categories (Color, Black and White, and Manipulated).  A Youth category for photographers 17 and under was also judged and a first, second and third place winner was selected.

On Saturday, during the 13th Annual Waterlily Celebration, the public was given the opportunity to cast their vote for the “People’s Choice” award. 

The list of winners included:

People’s Choice Winner –  “Into the Looking Glass” by Dawn Currie More…

Cultural Calendar Reply

ONGOING:

Vero Classical Ballet is holding “Princess Ballet Camp” for ages 4 to 8 from 9:30 am to Noon on weekdays beginning Monday, July 10 and ending Friday, July 21 at Leisure Square, 3705 16 Street in Vero Beach.   Princess Ballet Camp is a fun, enriching, and educational summer activity that focuses on a ballet and story of the day. Join Mrs. Amy, Mrs. Margaret, Mrs. Marilyn and guest teacher Mrs. Yvonne Miller for a week (or two!) of delight and excitement. Daily activities will include: Ballet Class, Arts and Crafts, Music Class, Snack, Story of a Famous Ballet and  Dress-up Time/Tea Party.  Participants will also put on a live performance at 11:30 am for parents on Friday, the last day of camp.  There will also be surprise visits from a Princess and Ballerina Guest!  For details, visit http://www.veroclassicalballet.com/princess-camp/.forms. More…

Dr. Cronin of IRSC selected for leadership program Reply

NEWS RELEASE

Dr. Marta Cronin

The National Community College Hispanic Council (NCCHC) has announced that Dr. Marta Cronin, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Indian River State College, is participating in the NCHCC Leadership Development Program as a 2017 Fellow.

Dr. Cronin joined IRSC in 2001 as a faculty member and has been appointed to positions of increasing responsibility.  The Port St. Lucie resident holds a Doctorate from the University of Sarasota and was promoted to IRSC Vice President of Academic Affairs in 2016.

Dr. Cronin is one of twenty-two members of the 2017 Hispanic Fellows cohort selected from college candidates from around the country.  The program is hosted by the University of San Diego School of Leadership and Education Sciences and engages participants in leadership training and new strategies to help students succeed.  It is designed to develop a pool of highly qualified Latinos interesting in educational career advancement.

VNA welcomes new board member, Karen Schievelbein Reply

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Karen Schievelbein

The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) welcomes Karen Schievelbein to their board of directors. A VNA and Hospice Foundation board member and finance committee member, Schievelbein’s professional background includes business development, financial analysis, risk management and accounting. She has served as chief financial officer for Blue Cross of California, Blue Shield of California and United Behavioral Health before becoming the chief operating officer of Spectera UnitedHealthcare Dental from which she retired in 2007. 

”The role of the VNA and Hospice Foundation is to strategically build and strengthen relationships with people interested in supporting the local health care delivery system  and specifically the areas of home health care, hospice services and community wellness programs through the VNA,” said Anne Cooney, Chair of the Foundation’s Nominating Committee. “Karen’s unique health care experience and accounting expertise aligned well with our organization’s commitment to accountability, fiscal responsibility and transparency for our donors and partners.”  More…

Riverside Theatre announces KIDSPOT Reply

NEWS RELEASE

Riverside Theatre announces KIDSPOT, a special area designated for kids 12 and under, at select performances at the Theatre’s outdoor Loop.  KIDSPOT access is complimentary to children with tickets to a performance of Willy Wonka or iRascals.

Designed to enhance a child’s enjoyment at the theatre, KIDSPOT will engage children with activities, arts and crafts, games with prizes, character meet and greets, and complimentary refreshments.

KIDSPOT will be open one hour prior to evening performances and one hour after matinee performances. For evening shows, children will receive a dinner item and beverage prior to the show.  For matinees, they will receive a complimentary snack and beverage after the show.  Allergy sensitive options are available upon request.  Parents and older kids can purchase food, snacks, and drinks separately.

Willy Wonka and iRascals show dates and times are listed below. KIDSPOT performances are designated with a (KS).

The Shows

Willy Wonka JR. and Willy Wonka KIDS

The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder, Willy Wonka JR. and Willy Wonka KIDS follow the enigmatic candy manufacturer as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka’s rules in the factory – or suffer the consequences.

The hour-long version of Willy Wonka JR. starring children aged 12 to 18 takes place:

June 16 @ 1:30pm & 7:30pm (KS);                                       June 17 @ 1:30pm (KS) & 5:30pm (KS)

A shorter version, Willy Wonka KIDS, starring children aged 7 to 12 takes place:

June 23 @ 1:30pm & 7:30pm (KS)                                         June 24 @ 1:30pm (KS) & 5:30pm (KS)

 iRascals JR. and iRascals KIDS More…

Single Tickets now on sale for Riverside Theatre 2017-2018 Season Reply

NEWS RELEASE

Single tickets for Riverside Theatre’s exciting 2017-2018 Season of shows are now on sale. Building on the success and support the theatre has received over the last few years, Riverside is proud to present another ambitious season of music, comedy, and drama.

The season begins in October with a wonderful musical showcasing the songs of Hank Williams with Hank Williams: Lost Highway. January brings the Broadway hit musical, Million Dollar Quartet, followed by the play about football legend Vince Lombardi in Lombardi. The next production on the Stark Stage is one of the most acclaimed musicals of all time, Gypsy, and the season concludes with the Broadway smash hit, Mamma Mia. Two distinctive theatre pieces play on the Waxlax Stage: The Mystery of Edwin Drood in January and the Off-Broadway smash, Buyer & Cellar in March.

Individual tickets start at $35 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 772-231-6990 or online at http://www.riversidetheatre.com. Continue reading…

Hundreds turn out to support Jermey Gable’s struggle with cancer Reply

From Left: Jermey Gable, Shotsi Lajoie, David Moshier, Kristie Gallagher, Calvary Church Pastor Jim Gallagher, Camp Haven Executive Director Lalita Janke, Elizabeth Moshier

NEWS RELEASE

Chipolte, Vero Beach. The rain was no deterrent for the hundreds of people who came to show their moral and financial support for Jermey on this dreary evening full of hope. Our facebook posts and flyers told them they could make dinner a selfless act by joining Camp Haven for a fundraiser at Chipolte to support Jermey and his family in their struggle.

On Friday May 5th, Jermey found out he has adenocarcinoma in his pancreas and it had spread to his liver. The oncologist suggested that he start an aggressive form of chemo therapy ASAP but Jermey has no health insurance. Jermey is 41and has a young family. Baby Maiya is just 17 months old. We are asking for prayers and financial support to ease the many challenges Jermey, Brenda and the children will face in the months ahead. More…

Our obligation to endow the City of Vero Beach 1

COMMENTARY

Editor’s Note: Richard Winger is a member of the Vero Beach City Council.

RICHARD WINGER

Richard Winger

The Good news in my message today is that FP&L has submitted a document stating their intent to finalize a Purchase and Sale Agreement at Council’s only meeting in July on the 18th. Their document includes details of their  “Due Diligence” for the Acquisition of our Electric Utility.  The draft had been submitted and now they will finalize it.

This “Agreement” will be something determined by each party: FP&L’s part is the “Purchase” and the City’s part is the “Sale”. When does the City start to work on our “due diligence”?  Surely it cannot be an Agreement when only one party to it has done “Due Diligence”.

This is where the Bad enters my message. Not only have we not done our due diligence, but we now learn the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) has just made it clear they find FP&L’s offer in the Letter of Intent for the Vero Beach exit unacceptable. This is the same situation we had in the prior contract which expired last December.  At that time FP&L wanted to pass along $26,000,000 to the ratepayers, to be attached to their monthly bills, to accommodate OUC’s exit cost. If we are face with that again, power bills would likely increase over current Vero Beach rates, given the City has gone down 15% and FPL has gone up 10%.  The differential has shrunk greatly.
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Cultural Calendar Reply

ONGOING:

VERO BEACH MUSEUM OF ART OFFERS SUMMER FUN FOR ALL AGES

The Vero Beach Museum of Art offers Art & Film on Tuesdays at 5:30 this month beginning June 13 and continuing on June 20 and 27. “The World of Wes Anderson” features The Life of Aquatic with Steve Zissou (June 13); Fantastic Mr. Fox (June 20) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (June 20) Free with museum admission: Adults $6; Seniors $5; Free with Museum membership. There is still time to register for Adult Art Classes beginning today. Family programs include Art Babies, Kidz Art Shops, Artful Storytime and Toddler Tours. Summer Art Camp for ages 4-16 continues through July 28th, and enjoy the Deborah Butterfield, Horses exhibit. For offerings, visit VeroBeachMuseum.org.

PUBLIC ART EXHIBITS

Indian River County Courthouse: Gina DeMario

Indian River County Administration Bldg A: CCIRC member artists

Indian River County Main Library: Vero Beach Art Club

Image: by Chris Gunkel at County Admin

THURSDAY, JUNE 8

VERO BEACH WINE + FILM FESTIVAL BEGINS THURSDAY

The Second Annual Vero Beach Wine + Film Festival (VBWFF) begins on Thursday, June 8 and continues on Sunday, June 11 at various screening locations in Vero Beach. VBWFF focuses on providing a truly unique festival, allowing guests to fully experience films with tailored wine and drink pairings, special guests and immersive viewing. Visit the website, http://www.vbwff.com for current offerings and to purchase passes ranging from a one-day pass to screenings, wine tastings and panel discussions is $40; four-day passes are $95 to $100. Passes with extras range from $185 to $2,500.

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COMMENTARY

Editor’s note: Richard Winger is a member of the Vero Beach City Council.

RICHARD WINGER        

Richard Winger

The Good news is property values have increased by 6.9% and is expected to provide an additional $400,000 to City revenues this year.

The Bad news is we are going into our Annual Budget preparations with an existing more than a million dollar shortfall in funding for just street and storm water repair.  And, there is not enough money for existing staff.

Please don’t accept arguments that the City has too many employees.  That simply is not true.  Past Councils have systematically reduced staff to a barebones level.

The Ugly is there is no other significant revenue increase coming in. And, there will be a loss of annual funds, once the sale of the Electric Utility to FP&L is completed. More…