Am I missing something here or is this just a new legal way to circumvent the Florida Sunshine Law?
Before the State passed a law, it was called “Smoked Filled Back Rooms” Because of recent Florida Sunshine Laws they now call it ” Schedules” ?
From:”Christina Myers” <email@example.com>
Good morning Cindy,
Schedule look fine.
—– Original Message —–
From: Rivera, Cynthia
To: City Council ; Ben Talluto (firstname.lastname@example.org) ; email@example.com
Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org ; Kisela, Greg
Sent: Tuesday, July 09, 2013 5:56 PM
Subject: Meetings with LaCour
I have the following schedule set up for next week. If the dates/times are not acceptable, please let me know.
Wednesday, July 17
Time Name Location
9:00 a.m. Ben Talluto LaCour Office – 220 Charles Street
10:00 a.m. Mayor Green LaCour Office – 220 Charles Street
11:00 a.m. Suzette Blahnik LaCour Office – 220 Charles Street
12:00 p.m. Bob Ford LaCour Office – 220 Charles Street
Thursday, July 18
Time Name Location
1:00 p.m. Drew Bastian City Manager’s Conference Room
2:00 p.m. Don Burnette City Manager’s Conference Room
4:00 p.m. Dennis Kennedy City Manager’s Conference Room
Executive Assistant to the City Manager
From Ted Noftall
To Pat Nelan
You are not missing a darn thing. These by invitation only meetings are violation of the spirit of Sunshine and they need to stop now.
It was bad enough when the former Manager was arranging private meetings between Council and the Riverwalk Promoter at City Hall, but our new Manager is now doing so at the Promoters offices. If that location is acceptable is his private yacht acceptable also ??
If the Riverwalk Promoter has something he wishes to pitch to the Council representatives and CRA members they should absolutely listen to that pitch – in public, take comments from the public, and then make their decision in public.
The bedrock premises of Sunshine regarding the decisions of elected reps is that, the public in an open meeting, shall be able to see when decisions are made, AND how those decisions are made.
In this instance we are childishly expected to believe that the Manager has arranged 7 separate meetings with the Promoter during which no decisions are going to be elicited, AND no information on which decisions could be based is going to be shared. This is such bullshit.
The whole expectation of these meetings is to reach a consensus in private and do a show presentation for the public at a later date.
Because the Mayor is conflicted out with this Promoter any vote to proceed with anything will have to be made on a 3-1 basis. It may be reasonably assumed that Councilman Burnette will support the Promoter, and that Councilman Kennedy will support anything the Mayor really wants. But that is only 2 votes…… meaning either Councilman Ford or Bastain will need to sign on for this taxpayer rape to be consummated.
Councilman Ford has made principled decisions in the past and it is time for him to make another one, AND that is he will no longer violate the spirit of our Sunshine laws by attending private meetings where the city administration is PIMPING for a particular Developer or Promoter.