(WPBF-TV) — VERO BEACH, Fla. —Hours after about 25 faith-based leaders met in Vero Beach in response to Mayor Craig Fletcher's proclamation during a City Council meeting that he would not deal with any group that doesn't believe in Jesus Christ, the mayor emailed a public apology to the media.
"It was a horrific statement and on reflection was way out of place for an elected official to take such a stance," wrote Fletcher in a two-paragraph apology. "I hope everyone will find it in their heart to forgive me."
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Before hearing of Fletcher's apology, religious and other clergy met at Community Church of Vero Beach to draft a letter to the City Council.