City commission to discuss DH2 conversion, shopping cart retention, mugshots


The Gainesville City Commission will hold its regular meeting virtually at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 18. The meeting may be viewed on the City’s website or on Cox Channel 12.

The agenda includes:

  • A presentation from Sheriff Darnell on how she investigates allegations of excessive use of force and inmate abuse
  • Approval to spend $12.5 million to convert Deerhaven Unit 2 to a dual-fuel plant (natural gas and coal)
  • COVID-19 verbal update
  • A discussion of how the City might publicly recognize Black Lives Matter
  • An ordinance requiring that businesses use one of 5 shopping cart retention systems to prevent customers from removing shopping carts from their premises
  • A resolution from Mayor Lauren Poe, urging Florida legislators to approve Medicaid expansion
  • A discussion requested by Commissioner Adrian Hayes-Santos to discourage the publication of mugshots by asking the Sheriff to no longer publish them on the Jail website
  • A presentation on Responding to Racial Tension in the City
  • A request from Commissioner Harvey Ward to convene a Citizen Public Review and Reform Recommendations Panel

The City has provided this information on how residents can comment on any issue before the City Commission.