Submitted on 2014/12/25 at 7:33 pm
First of all, A Merry Christmas to you all!
Know that while I don’t always agree with you all, I do appreciate and do think about what you post. Ultimately, your involvement, your insights will make for better decisions for Port Orange.
All too long council has been spoon fed key information by the manager and staff. Very little alternative information has in the past been available to council. As one astute observer said, “if I control the information to a legislator, I have effectively controlled his vote.” Today, blogs such as this and voices such as yours are making a difference providing independent information, keep up the good work.
I have been advised by the Assistant City Attorney that council members should avoid participating in the blog. I have reviewed his analysis, and frankly I disagree on his premises/conclusions.
The Freedom of Information Act was not enacted to limit communication between an elected official and the public. What I will do however, to address his concerns is place a warning on any blog I author that port-orange council members should not respond to my post (to avoid initiating a discussion outside of a noticed meeting). I will also make a copy of my post and email it to my city email so there is a record of all posts that I make on the city website (in case the city needs to honor an FOIA request). All emails containing blog materials will be described by date, blog, and FOIA designation for search purposes.
Best, Bob Ford