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Commissioners Admit to Bypassing Public Hearings

In a shocking revelation, commissioners have openly acknowledged the bypassing of public hearings during crucial decision-making processes. What implications does this hold? Let's dive into this contentious issue that has raised eyebrows yet again within the professional circles. "The BOCC voted to limit their own power by allowing FPL's solar fields to be administratively (by staff) approved. They reason that the applications are "by right" and therefore meet all the qualifications." It was noted in the meeting that the vote is also BYPASSING THE PUBLIC HEARINGS. It was mentioned that regarding a subsequent vote on a Bridge Road connection interchange that IF PUBLIC WASN"T MADE AWARE of all the options they would be SHORT CHANGED. They still passed the vote 3-2!



In past events we know there is a recurrent trend where commissioners sidestep public hearings in their voting procedures. The admission comes as a stark reminder of the opaque mechanisms at play behind closed doors, hinting at a disconnect between decision-makers and the voice of the people they serve.

This isn't the first instance of such behavior, and unfortunately, it might not be the last. The lack of transparency and accountability in decision-making processes undermines the very essence of democracy, leaving professionals and the public questioning the integrity of the system. Transparency? Oh, they are transparent, but you have to spend time and efforts finding the information the public needs to defend themselves. It's never all in the same places.

The repercussions of bypassing public hearings are manifold. Firstly, it diminishes the opportunity for diverse perspectives and feedback from the community to be considered in critical decisions. Professionals who rely on these public forums to voice their concerns and insights are left sidelined, raising concerns about the validity and inclusivity of the decision-making process.

As professionals invested in upholding ethical standards and promoting transparency, it is crucial to hold decision-makers accountable for their actions. By advocating for more stringent regulations and oversight mechanisms, we can strive towards a system that truly represents the collective interests of the community.

As we navigate through this challenging landscape of governance and decision-making, let us stand united in advocating for a more transparent and participatory process. By actively engaging with policymakers and demanding accountability, we can strive towards a more inclusive and responsive system that truly serves the interests of all.


Remember, your voice matters, and together, we can shape a more just and equitable future for all.

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Roger Berkon
Roger Berkon
Jun 27

"They reason that the applications are "by right" and therefore meet all the qualifications." It would be a great help to the readers of this otherwise well written blog entry if you explained "by right" most will not / do not know what the meaning is. Thanks for all you are doing it is sincerely appreciated by most. RSB

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