City of DeBary General Rules and Procedures for Public Participation
Public attendance and participation in City meetings is encouraged by the City Council. If you wish to speak before the City Council, please complete the form provided and present it to the City Clerk prior to the beginning of Public Comment / Comment for City Issues Not on the Agenda. For items on the Agenda, please complete said form and present it to the City Clerk prior to consideration of the agenda item.
THOSE IN ATTENDANCE AND THOSE INTENDING TO SPEAK AT PUBLIC HEARINGS SHOULD FAMILIARIZE THEMSELVES AND CONFORM TO THE STANDARDS SET FORTH IN CITY RESOLUTION NOS.: 15-20 AND 15-21.
Public Comment / Comment for City Issues Not on the Agenda: Comments are limited to three (3) minutes, and all comments shall be limited to local City of DeBary issues and matters only. Public comment is not intended to require Council to provide any answer to the speaker.
Public Comment on items on the Agenda: Comments regarding items on the Agenda will be heard at the time the item is considered by the City council and are limited to five (5) minutes. Please note if you are speaking for or against the particular agenda item. Public comment is not intended to require Council to provide any answer to the speaker.
Addressing the City Council: When the Mayor calls your name, please approach the podium and clearly state your name and address for the record. Address all remarks to the Mayor as Chairman.
Decorum and Disruption Policy: All speakers, City Council members, members of the public, and anyone in attendance at City Council meetings are requested to afford the utmost courtesy to members of the City Council, City staff, other members of the public appearing before the Council, and members of the audience, and are asked to refrain at all times from rude or derogatory remarks, disruptions, reflections as to integrity, slander, abusive comments, profanity, vulgarities, and statements as to personalities. There shall be no vulgar language, threats, fighting words, or statements that encourage or incite people to break the law allowed during City Council meetings. The City Council reserves the right to find a violation of this subsection in the event a person’s conduct or
speech is, by way of example and not limitation, duplicative, irrelevant, redundant, constitutes a display of abusive behavior, or is otherwise causing substantial disruption.
Warnings and Removal: In the discretion of the City Council, any violation of the City’s Decorum and Disruption policy may result in the issuance of verbal warnings relating to any disruptions, curtailing of the speaker’s comments or presentation, or removal from the public meeting. The City Council shall issue a verbal warning to any person determined to be in violation of the City’s Decorum and Disruption policy. Following the issuance of an initial verbal warning, the City Council may, at its discretion, issue further verbal warnings, curtail or otherwise conclude a speaker’s comments or presentation, or remove such person or persons in the event additional violations occur.
Thank you for your participation – DeBary City Council