COVB Code of Ordinances Sec. 54-4. – Concessions.
Licenses for concessions for the sale of food, drinks, and sale or rental of merchandise at city-owned facilities may be granted by the city council by resolution.
COVB Charter Section 5.05. – Limitation on alienation of city-owned real property.
(a) Except as provided in subsection (b), the following parks and public lands may not be sold, leased, traded, or given away by the city unless such sale, lease, trade, or gift is approved by a vote of the electors of the City of Vero Beach. The properties are as follows:
# 6 Alex MacWilliam Park
# 9 Municipal Marina
(Entire list not included here)
(b) The foregoing properties may be leased without a referendum only for a public or civic purpose which also serves a recreational, artistic, or cultural purpose, including incidental concessions.
Do Mayor Harry Howle, Councilmen Val Zudans and Lang Sykes think leasing River House to Orchid Island Brewery would be an incidental concession?
Incidental means secondary to something else that is primary. River House, where there are over 200 events a year, is primary.
This subject will be taken up again at the July 17, 2018 City Council Meeting.
At the June 9, 2018 City Council meeting Committee Member Laura Moss made the following remarks:
“Some of them (Council Members) have not been conducting themselves in a ‘professional’ manner.
They have been handling city business in a way that is disrespectful of their colleagues on the council, confusing to the community, and condescending and demeaning to City Staff.
Unfortunately there have been many examples of this but I shall focus on River House now because many concerned members of the community have joined us today to speak about it.
I’ll preface my remarks by saying that I voted against commercialization of River House. Councilman Young also voted against it. However, the final vote was 3-2 against us.
This matter was placed on the agenda of a recent meeting without any indication of what was to be considered.
For the community, the city council meetings must be ‘properly noticed,’ meaning that they are advertised and the agenda is supplied in advance to allow the community to participate.
Agenda matters should be clearly stated with background materials provided to aid in understanding them.”