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Public Meeting Policies

                                                 PUBLIC COMMENT AT REGULAR BOARD MEETINGS
                                                               AND QUASI-LEGISLATIVE HEARINGS
 
I.                     POLICY
 
                       It is the policy of the DeSoto County Board of County Commissioners to provide an
                       opportunity for citizens to address the Board at its meetings on non-agenda items prior to
                       Board discussion of matters on the agenda and to allow citizens to address the Board on
                       agenda items as they are considered by the Board at regular Board meetings and at quai-
                       legislative hearings. Members of the public shall maintain orderly conduct and proper decorum
                       in addressing the Board in accordance with Section 286.0114, Florida Statutes.
 
II.                    PROCEDURE
 
                       A.       Person wishing to address the Board SHALL:
 
                       1.       Complete a Request to Speak Card available at the door to the Board room and
                                  present it to the Transcribing Secretary;
 
                       2.        When called upon by the Board Chairman, speakers shall state their name and
                                  address and address the Board for no more than five (5) minutes on any matter;
                                  and
 
                       3.       If written materials are to be submitted to the Board, provide at least one (1) copy
                                 to the County Administrator who shall make copies available to the Board after
                                 the meeting.
 
                       B.      Persons wishing to address the Board  SHALL NOT:
 
                                1.      Continue speaking after their five (5) minutes time period is over, unless allowed by
                                          the Chairman;
 
                                2.      Engage in disruptive behavior; or
 
                                3.      Make vulgar comments, threatening remarks or personal attacks against any
                                         Board member, staff, members of the public, or otherwise.
 
III.                   IMPLEMENTATION
 
                       The Chairman of the Board shall have the discretion to have any speaker who disregards this
                       Policy removed from the Boardroom for the remainder of that day's business.
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                PUBLIC TESTIMONY AT QUASI-JUDICIAL HEARINGS
 
I.                     POLICY
 
                       It is the policy of the DeSoto County Board of County Commissioners to provide an
                       opportunity for citizens to testify at quasi-judicial hearings. Members of the public shall
                       maintain orderly conduct and proper decorum in addressing the Board in accordance
                       with Section 286.0114, Florida Statutes.
 
II.                    PROCEDURE
 
                       A.     Members of the public wishing to testify in quasi-judicial hearings SHALL:
 
                       1.        Complete a Request to Speak Card available at the door to the Boardroom and
                                  present it to the Transcribing Secretary;
 
                       2.        Be placed under oath prior to giving testimony. Public testimony must
                                  consist of competent, substantial evidence or questions for staff or the
                                  applicant directed to the Chairman. The Chairman or another member
                                  of the Board may, in their discretion, ask the staff or the applicant to
                                  address questions raised by the public. Public testimony shall not include
                                  matters that are irrelevant or speculative.
 
                       3.        Be called upon to testify by the Chairman after testimony is given by County
                                  staff and the applicant.
 
                       4.        When called upon to testify by the Board Chairman, speakers shall state their
                                  name and address and shall testify for no more than five (5) minutes on any
                                  matter; and
 
                       5.        If written materials are to be submitted to the Board, provide at least eight (8)
                                  copies to the Board Chairman who shall distribute copies to the Board, County
                                  Administrator and County Attorney.
 
                       B.    Persons wishing to testify at quasi-judicial hearings SHALL NOT:
 
                       1.        Continue speaking after their five (5) minute time period is over, unless allowed
                                   by the Chairman;
 
                       2.        Engage in disruptive behavior; or
 
                       3.        Make vulgar comments, threatening remarks or personal attacks against any
                                  Board member, staff, the applicant, members of the public, or otherwise.
 
III.                    IMPLEMENTATION
 
                         The Chairman of the Board shall have the discretion to have any member of the public
                         who disregards this Policy removed from the Boardroom for the remainder of that day's
                         business.       
Contacts

Mandy Hines
County Administrator
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Ph:   (863) 993-4800
Fax:  (863) 993-4809

201 E. Oak Street
Suite 201
Arcadia, FL 34266
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