Three new members join VECDD board

Robert Dale, left, is officially sworn in as a new member of the Viera East Community Development District by Brevard County School Board Member Matt Susin. The ceremony was, Nov. 19 at Faith Lutheran Church in Viera.

Robert Dale was named the new chairman of the Board of Supervisors to the Viera East Community Development District during the Nov. 19 meeting at Faith Lutheran Church

in Viera.

Dale, and two other new members of the board – Pete Carnesale and Steve Colasinski — were officially sworn in. Carnesale was named the board’s vice chairman while Colasinski was selected as treasurer.

One of the priorities of the new board is to change the time of future meetings.

Dale said a board workshop is tentatively scheduled for 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 3, and the next regular board meeting will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 17.

All future meetings in 2021 will begin at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month, he said.

The new chairman also announced the VECDD will be creating a new dog park and a monthly farmers’ market/craft fair in Woodside Park.

Dale said Mark Pieloch, president and owner of PF Inc., formerly known as Pet Flavors, and founder of the American Muscle Car Museum in Melbourne, is “making a five-figure financial donation” to help create the park.

“We plan on breaking ground in January,”

Dale said.

Two other Pieloch dog parks have been built in Brevard County — one at 400 W. Florida Ave. in Melbourne, the other at 1550 Mosswood Drive in Eau Gallie.

The VECDD hopes to have the farmers’ market/craft fair and the food truck Fridays up and running by mid-January 2021.

Dale said the new members also vow to keep campaign pledges:

  • To involve all the HOAs (homeowners associations) and to their input at all CDD meeting
  • 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 lifestyle amenities
  • To better focus on Viera East’s waterways, trails and preserves
  • To improve the fiscal health of the VECDD

In the Nov. 3 election for the three seats to the VECDD board, the results of the final two vote getters were:

Group 3: Pete Carnesale 2,569 (46 percent), Melinda Thomsen 1,054 (18.9 percent)

Group 4: Steve Colasinski 3,275 (59.1 percent), William Oakley 2,270 (40.9 percent)

Group 5: Robert Dale 3,335 (60.2 percent), Jo Walsh 2,207 (39.8 percent)