The First Amendment Foundation claims the city’s one-on-one meetings between commissioners violate the “spirit” of the Government in the Sunshine Act. Orange Observer by Tim Freed December 14, 2017 When it comes to public one-on-one meetings between city commissioners, has Winter Park really done anything wrong? The Winter Park City Commission has come under fire […]
Why does Winter Park shun the sunshine?
Orlando Sentinel Op-Ed by Bob Shaw December 5, 2017 A recent back-and-forth between the First Amendment Foundation and Winter Park city officials has highlighted a troubling issue for supporters of Florida’s “Government in the Sunshine” laws: the questionable legality of one-on-one meetings between elected officials. Winter Park Mayor Steve Leary, referring to his meeting with Commissioner Gregory […]
Open government advocate objects to Winter Park commission’s one-on-one meetings
Orlando Sentinel by Jeff Weiner November 30, 2017 Recent one-on-one meetings between members of the Winter Park City Commission have drawn the ire of an open-government watchdog group, which called the discussions an example of “bad public policy.” In a letter sent Thursday, Barbara Petersen, president of the First Amendment Foundation, wrote that such meetings violate “the […]