Supreme Court won’t hear local public input case

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NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

The Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to take up a case that focused on questions about the public’s right to participate in government meetings.

Justices issued a brief order saying they would not hear an appeal from Volusia County resident Barbara Herrin and a group called the Edgewater Citizens Alliance for Responsible Development.

The case stemmed from a Deltona City Commission meeting in which Herrin was prevented from speaking about a major development known as Farmton. Herrin and the group asked the Supreme Court to consider the issue after the 5th District Court of Appeal ruled the state’s Sunshine Law does not mention the right to be heard or to participate in meetings.

In a document filed last year with the Supreme Court, Herrin and the group asked the justices to “clarify that public input is not ‘interference with the decision-making process’ but rather an essential part of legitimate government.’’

The Supreme Court did not detail its reasons for declining to hear the case.

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