Thursday, March 27, 2014

Meet Your New Commissioners Event This Tuesday! [UPDATE]

The Belle Isle Sun is sponsoring a "Meet Your New Commissioners" event at the Belle Isle Bayou this Tuesday, April 1 at 8:00 p.m. It will follow the City Council meeting where Sue Nielsen and Ed Gold will be sworn in as the newest members of our Belle Isle City Council.

Unfortunately, "sponsoring" doesn't mean picking up the tab. But the Belle Isle Bayou has $1 sliders, $9.99 fried catfish, and happy hour specials all night. Plus you'll be supporting one of our local businesses. The Belle Isle Bayou is family-friendly establishment, so feel free to bring the kids. Everyone is welcome!

I have requested that our City Clerk officially notice this community get-together as a public meeting. This will allow multiple commissioners to attend without any possibility of violating Florida's Sunshine Law, which prohibits elected officials from discussing city business that might come to a vote outside of noticed public meetings.

Once again, the "Meet Your New Commissioners" event will be at the Belle Isle Bayou at 8:00 p.m. on April 1, following the City Council meeting at 5:30 p.m. The Belle Isle Bayou is located at 5180 S. Conway Road, behind CVS at the intersection of Conway and Hoffner. I hope to see you there! 

UPDATE 3/31/14:

The Tuesday meeting agenda will include the swearing in of our new City Commissioners, presentation of the 2013 CAFR, as well as numerous topics up for discussion by Council. Those planning to attend the "Meet Your New Commissioners" event at the Belle Isle Bayou should be aware that the Commissioners, as well as many attendees, may arrive a bit later than 8:00 p.m. if the meeting runs late. But at least four Commissioners will be attending this event, so it will be a great opportunity to get to know your elected officials in a comfortable setting.


  1. Great idea! We'll be there
    ~Charline and Jack

  2. Hope to see a full house at City hall and the Belle Isle Bayou. Let's welcome these two brave individuals in what may be a battle for change

  3. What authority do you have to request the City Clerk to post your get together as a Public Meeting?

    1. No specific authority is necessary to make such a request. Any resident can, and should, notify the City Clerk if they will be hosting an event where multiple Commissioners may be in attendance. Alternately, the Commissioners themselves can notify the Clerk.

      Either way, once the Clerk will confirms that at least two Commissioners plan to attend and that the event is open to the public, she will post a notice. It's a pretty simple process and it happens all the time.

      In this case, such a notice was necessary since at least four Commissioners will be in attendance on Tuesday.


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