Viera East homeowner wants ethics investigation of VECDD
A Viera East homeowner has filed a formal complaint against the Board of Supervisors of the Viera East Community Development District for violation of the Florida Sunshine Law public records retention requirements and misuse of public position.
Robert Dale, who lives in the Osprey development, and is the designated spokesman for the business community for the Corporate Park in Viera, has asked the Florida Commission of Ethics in Tallahassee to investigate these allegations.
In his complaint to the commission, Dale claims that all five supervisors are golfers at the Viera East Golf Club and are among a small percentage of VECDD residents that utilize the course and clubhouse amenities on a regular basis.
“A $3 million brand new clubhouse benefits only a small percentage of CDD residents, and the current VECDD board is voting themselves benefits in the bond referendum,” Dale wrote. “This is why there was 85 percent resident opposition to the $14.3 million bond. That is a conflict of interest and misuse of public position.”
Dale also claims the VECDD supervisors did not follow Florida Sunshine laws pertaining to emails sent between board members.
On July 22, Dale made a public records request to the VECDD for all emails pertaining to the proposed $14.3 million bond for enhancements projects to the Viera East Golf Club and course and other recreational facilities.
Dale said that on Aug. 8, the VECDD provided board emails from Jan. 1 through July 22 through zip files, transmitted electronically. “What was received was a grossly incomplete and missing assembly of emails that did not comply with the letter of the request,” Dale said.
Florida Sunshine Law states that all emails must be kept as a matter of public records retention. “What we are trying to determine from the missing emails, and minimal discussion about the $14.3 million bond, is whether there was any collusion between CDD supervisors, out of Sunshine, prior to the July 25 vote,” Dale wrote.
Despite a majority of residents that voiced their opposition at the July 25 public hearing, the five supervisors unanimously approved the 20-year bond.