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Friday, January 11, 2013

TCPALM: Vero Beach Council votes to withdraw from Southeast Florida Regional Partnership

By Ed Bierschenk | Jan. 08, 2013

VERO BEACH — The City Council Tuesday joined the County Commission in withdrawing from a long-range regional planning effort covering the southeast Florida region from Indian River County into Monroe County.

The council voted 4-1 to withdraw from being a part of the Southeast Florida Regional Partnership and its Seven50 planning process, which is funded by a $4.25 million federal grant.

Vice Mayor Tracy Carroll was opposed to withdrawing from the process and stressed the need of having the city's voice heard.

The meeting drew one of the largest crowds in years to the Vero Beach City Hall, leaving some people standing in the hallway. A number of those in attendance expressed concern the 50-year planning effort could lead to outside bureaucrats usurping local planning and result in unwanted regulations imposed on the community

Resident Dorothy Frances said the "camel's nose is under our tent" and if the council did not bump it out now, Vero Beach might not be big enough to shove it out later.

Some speakers brought up Agenda 21, a 20-year-old United Nations initiative that references sustainable development and is seen by some as a way to exert control over property rights.

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