This sentence really caught my eye while reading a January 19th article in 32963 by Lisa Zahner.
Zahner quotes O’Connor:“Looking even further into the future, City Manager Jim O’Connor has asked the Vero Beach Utility Commission to give him some direction as to potential uses for the power plant site after decommissioning of the plant.”
I say, who the heck does O’Connor think he is to ask this commission to answer that question when a deal of any kind is probably many years away?… And remember the referendum…..yes you all better remember the referendum. FPL will be LEASING THE PROPERTY FOR AN INDEFINITE PERIOD OF TIME before, if ever, the plant will be decommissioned.
So, the real question is why would this character of a “new” city manager be asking this “newly” formed utility commission to give him direction as to potential uses for the power plant site after decommissioning of the plant? Does he know something that we do not know?
I think Jim O’Connor needs to study the Vero Beach Charter which clearly spells out what the land can be used for if the plant is ever torn down and quit trying to confuse this new Utility Commission as to what their duties are.
In fact, after reading this article on 32963 http://www.verobeach32963.com/STORIES%202012/JANUARY%202012/vb32963_Vero_Utility_Panel_issue3_011912.html I can just hear the arguments now on the commission. Hill would be in a hurry to get the uses of the property on the table now and Heady would keep him in a conversation for hours about the pros and cons of whether we will follow the charter with a park or whether Hill might just recommend a gambling casino built on the site.
Premature for Connor to push for this or….just thinking. Careful folks… I am beginning to see another back door being opened….just a crack.