Letter: Larger venue needed for exclusionary zoning meeting
July 13, 2022
An open letter to Mayor Lauren Poe and the Gainesville City Commission:
As one who for years has been defending the public process and wanting to involve citizens in the business of the government, once again I’m bringing this time-sensitive matter to your attention. The cancellation of the July 13 Special City Commission meeting, due to the Commission’s failure to fulfill the required public meeting notice, creates the perfect opportunity to do the right thing. In addition, it is essential to do so without further confusing the attention-paying public about it.
The potential impact of the proposed zoning change clearly indicates that the public interest is best served by moving to a larger venue. In fact, this change affords the Commission the opportunity to do the right thing and to reschedule, as previously requested, to a venue that is “large enough to accommodate the many people who will surely be in attendance. The venue should allow for call-ins and for televising the proceedings for those who wish to participate from off site.” The County Commission Auditorium or a high school auditorium or a similarly large accommodation would suffice, and other suitable options are certainly available. Please honor your office and respect those you serve by fulfilling this request.
Jo Lee Beaty, Candidate for Gainesville City Commission, District 2
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