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Does Vitunac still plan legal challenge to electric sale?

STORY BY LISA ZAHNER, (Week of March 14, 2013)
Photo of City Attorney Charles Vitunac.

Even before polls closed Tuesday, opponents of the sale suggested that former Vero City Attorney Charles Vitunac still planned some form of legal challenge to the deal. One version was that he would assert the referendum contained "confusing or misstated wording."

When contacted by telephone Tuesday evening, Vitunac said, "I don't have any comment for you."

City Attorney Wayne Coment said his office had received no correspondence from Vitunac or from his political committee, Voices for Vero Beach, in the past two months.

City Clerk Tammy Vock supplied Vero Beach 32963 with all correspondence from Vitunac to her office since November and nothing in the e-mails indicated that Vitunac was preparing to file or had filed such a lawsuit.

In the past, Vitunac has retained local trial attorney Louis B. "Buck" Vocelle to represent him in disputes with the city.

Vocelle declined to comment Tuesday on the existence of any such lawsuit or on whether he was currently working on anything for Vitunac.

Councilman Jay Kramer, the council's staunchest opponent of the electric utility sale, did not respond when asked whether he had any knowledge of a lawsuit being filed by Vitunac.

As of the last reporting period, Voices for Vero Beach had raised only $3,000 from local donors, but on March 8, Vitunac informed Vock that his political action committee would conduct pricey automated telephone calls to registered voters in Vero Beach.

Florida Municipal Electric Association Executive Director Barry Moline said neither his trade organization nor its political committee contributed to Voices for Vero.