Three candidates seek vacant seats on VECDD board


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The three candidates that will run for the three vacant Board of Supervisor seats on the Viera East Community Development District in November are, from left, Robert Dale, Steve Colasinski and Peter Carnesale.

Courtesy of Robert Dale

Claiming that Viera East needs new leadership, three people have filed papers with the Brevard County Board of Elections and will run for the three vacant Board of Supervisor seats on the Viera East Community Development District in November.

The three candidates — Robert Dale, Steve Colasinski and Peter Carnesale — pledge to do the following if elected:

• To involve all the HOAs (homeowners associations), and to get their input at all CDD meetings.

• To give residents the first voice at CDD meetings.

• To ensure the VECDD is about more than just the golf course.

• To broaden and improve our lifestyle amenities.

• To better focus on Viera East’s waterways, trails and preserves.

To improve the fiscal health of the VECDD.

Two of the candidates — Dale and Colasinski — filed a lawsuit against the VECDD in an attempt to stop the board from purchasing an $11.2 million bond for golf course and park improvements.

The other two homeowners and commercial property owners, Paul F. Daley and Trisha Smith, along with Dale and Colasinski, are scheduled to appear on the lawsuit before 18th Judicial Circuit Court Judge George T. Paulk in the Titusville Historic Courthouse at 4 p.m. Feb. 7.

The three candidates also claim that on Nov. 21, 2019, the current VECDD board voted for the largest tax increase in Viera East history.

“This CDD board indebted a generation of Viera East residents for 20 years, passing an $11.2 million fiscally irresponsible bond,” Dale wrote on Viera East’s website — eastviera.com. “It’s time to bring fiscal sanity and true lifestyle change back to Viera East.”

The trio also received its first endorsements from retired Col. John Murphy, past president of the Military Officers Association of America Cape Canaveral (MOAACC), and Tim Pishdad of Viera, who resides in the Indian River Colony Club.

“IRCC is 10 percent of the VECDD vote which is why these two endorsements are important,” Dale said.

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