Vero Beach Council to again address bus hub in neighborhood

VERO BEACH – The Vero Beach City Council is poised once again to take up discussion of a bus hub in one of its communities.

City Councilwoman Tracy Carroll is expected to bring the matter up at next Tuesday’s regular council meeting.

Members of the Original Town neighborhood, located near the County Administration complex, have routinely gone before both the Vero Beach City Council and the Board of County Commissioners to discuss the GoLine bus hub.

The buses have since been moved farther away from the neighborhood, to a parking lot within the county complex, for overnight parking. However, residents continue to express concerns for safety, vagrancy and trash.

“We residents of Original Town have been waiting patiently for a change in operating location for the Go-Line out of our” residential neighborhood,” Kenneth Brandenburg, vice president of the Original Town Neighborhood Organization, wrote in an e-mail to the council.

Interim City Manager Monte Falls and other members of city staff have met with representatives from the Senior Resources Association, which operates GoLine, and members of the county government to address the concerns.

“We need to finalize this issue,” Carroll wrote in her back-up material provided to her fellow council members.

The bus hub was originally behind Pocahontas Park but was moved to Original Town due to concern over undesirable residents being around the playground and because the Chamber of Commerce had not wanted the depot in the backyard of its new Alma Lee Loy Chamber headquarters.

“We understand that the new Council members need a little time to get settled in, but we hope to see some change taking place soon,” Brandenburg wrote. “At the very least we should be given an up-date on what progress is being made toward a solution. DO NOT FORGET US!!!”

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