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As a member of the Vero Beach City Council, these will be my top priorities:

IMPORTANCE OF FINANCIAL PLANNING AND BUDGETING

Management of the City's finances and budgeting processes are key responsibilities of the City Council which will be among my priorities and where my extensive budgeting experience at General Motors will be helpful. 

PROTECT AND IMPROVE THE HEALTH OF THE INDIAN RIVER LAGOON

The City should increase its efforts to protect the Indian River Lagoon by working with various area research organizations and volunteer groups to maintain and improve our very ecologically important and valuable tourist-attracting environment.  

FACILITATE THE FULL AND PERMANENT REOPENING OF OUR BUSINESSES

By mandating the wearing of face masks in public and social distancing as many other city, county and state governments have done with demonstrated success.  This would be a very small inconvenience to minimize the spreading of COVID-19 and encourage our residents and visitors to patronize our retailers, restaurants and other tourist-related businesses, again.

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND TOURISM

The City should be more actively involved in economic development and increasing tourism by seeking to attract conventions, weddings, and other events such as the annual Under the Oaks Art Show which bring large numbers of people to the City.

UNDERTAKE A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF CITY'S ZONING ORDINANCES

In recent years, many of the contentious issues in the City have involved land use, City-owned and privately held properties, and zoning classifications.  I would propose that the City Council charge its Planning & Zoning Commission to undertake a comprehensive review of land usage and zoning classifications.  The Commission should hold public hearings and present its recommendations to the Council.

Closely related to this study is the need for the Council to provide clear direction for the development of the plans for the Three Corners properties which could be proposed to the voters in a referendum.

THE ARTS

The City of Vero Beach has a wealth of creative residents in both the visual and performing arts.  In addition, the City has an enthusiastic group of volunteer residents who support the arts by creating, performing, and supporting arts organizations that bring a wide variety of events to the area.