June 8, 2016 – CBS12
by Chuck Weber
A former Riviera Beach city councilman, just voted out of office, is now facing a criminal misdemeanor charge of violating the state’s Sunshine Law.
The former City Council member, Bruce Guyton, was given a notice to appear in court.
Guyton just lost his re-election bid. Challenger Lynne Hubbard defeated Guyton in a special runoff election in mid-May, after the first runoff in late March ended in a tie.
The arrest report, obtained by CBS12, indicates the investigation began when a longtime activist and frequent Guyton adversary, Fane Lozman, filed a complaint.
“I took it to the State Attorney back in the summer of 2015,” Lozman told CBS12 Wednesday evening.
The arrest report says at a regular City Council meeting in June of last year, Guyton referred to speaking with fellow councilman Cedric Thomas, apparently outside council chambers.
The report quotes Guyton saying, “When I was speaking to him, I asked him if his plate was full, would he be so kind to allow me to step in next month on the Metropolitan Planning Organization.”
Elected officials are only supposed to discuss public business in open scheduled meetings.
The Sunshine Law charge Guyton faces carries a maximum of 60 days in jail. [READ MORE]