Case against Vero councilman Wilson set for Dec. 2 hearing

VERO BEACH — Vero Beach City Councilman Charlie Wilson is expected to go to court on Dec. 2 for a hearing regarding his eligibility to represent the city on the dais.

Resident Dian George, represented by attorney Buck Vocelle, filed a lawsuit challenging Wilson’s residency, claiming that he was not a resident within the city one year immediately prior to filing to run in the Nov. 3 municipal election.

Vocelle told last week that a hearing would not be scheduled in the courts until all defendants – including Wilson – had responded. So far, the city’s Canvassing Board and Supervisor of Elections have responded.

Wilson has not yet filed his response and has until Tuesday to do so.

Vocelle could not be reached Friday afternoon to explain how the hearing was scheduled before Wilson responded to the lawsuit.

Judge Paul Kanarek and his assistant were out of the office Friday and also were unavailable to explain.

Wilson was unavailable for comment Friday, too.

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