Virtual Commission Meeting Procedures

CITY OF OPA-LOCKA

VIRTUAL COMMISSION MEETING PROCEDURES

Pursuant to Governor Ron DeSantis Executive Order Number 20-69, the following rules will ensure that the City Commission Meetings and any other necessary city public meetings, governed by Florida’s public meeting laws will provide for necessary public notice, allow for public participation and are conducted in the Sunshine. The following rules shall govern all City of Opa-locka public virtual meetings during the duration of Executive Order Number 20-69.

The City of Opa-locka virtual public meetings will be aired through Livestream, accessible at: https://www.youtube.com/user/CityofOpaLocka.

All residents will be able to view the meeting by tuning in to the link mentioned above. If you have comments you must submit those using the email address below or by requesting a link for the Zoom Webinar application provided under the Public Comment section below.

Platform

All City of Opa-locka public meetings shall be conducted via Zoom or other similar platform.

Please note that Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-69, suspended the requirement of a quorum to be present in person or requires a local government to meet at a specific public place.

Meeting Notice

The City of Opa-locka will send notice of virtual meetings in the same manner as all other commission meetings. Additionally, the notice will include an email address and telephone number with instructions on providing comments for the meeting.

Public Comments

The public may comment by submitting their comment ahead of the meeting by sending an email to PublicComments@opalockafl.gov. Please be sure to state your full name and address in your email for your comment to be read.

Comments submitted by members of the public by email will be read into the record during the meeting as long as they provide the comments by the deadline, 2 hours prior to the scheduled meeting time. Comments received after the deadline will be kept for the record, but will not be read during the meeting. If you have comments for more than one agenda item, please state which item you are commenting on.

The public may also provide comments through Zoom Webinar (Virtual Commission Meeting) by registering via email to PublicComments@opalockafl.gov and requesting the virtual meeting link. All requests must be received up to 2 hours prior to the scheduled meeting time. You will join the meeting in listen-mode only. If you have comments, you can raise your hand on the application to be allowed to speak.

During the public comment section of the agenda, the Mayor will allow for public comments to be read by the City Clerk from those submitted ahead of time. For real-time comments after you raise your hand using the application you will be acknowledged by staff and audio will become available for you to state your comment. Please make sure to state your name and address for the record. There is a three (3) minute time limit for public comments. The Mayor may preserve decorum and order in accordance with the City’s Charter, Code and Robert’s Rules of Order.

For questions and/or additional information, please contact the Office of the City Clerk at (305) 953-2800 or (786) 877-4038.