Virtual Participation at Commission Meetings

CITY OF OPA-LOCKA

PROCEDURES FOR VIRTUAL PARTICIPATION AT COMMISSION MEETING

Virtual Participation at Commission Meetings

Due to COVID-19 and pursuant to Governor Ron DeSantis Executive Order Number 20-69, the City of Opa-locka has been holding its meetings virtually using the Zoom teleconferencing platform. As of November 2020, the City of Opa-locka will meet in-person with social distancing while still allowing virtual participation via Zoom.

City Commission Meeting location for in-person meetings

In-person meetings will be held in the Auditorium at Sherbondy Village, 215 Perviz Avenue, Opa-locka, Florida, with offsite participants joining by Zoom.

How to watch the meeting

Members of the public are encouraged to watch the public meeting and public hearings at https://www.youtube.com/user/CityofOpaLocka

How to participate

For meetings held in-person with virtual participation, members of the public wishing to address the body on any agenda item may do so in person or virtually. Space for in-person attendance is very limited due to COVID-19 social distancing. Members of the public wishing to address the Commission are strongly encouraged to participate virtually.

To participate virtually, please register by emailing publiccomments@opalockafl.gov at least 2 hours prior to the scheduled meeting time to request the meeting link.

Providing comments in advance

Those wishing to provide comments on any agenda item are encouraged to do so in advance by submitting their comment via email to publiccomments@opalockafl.gov

Comments on any agenda item must be submitted 2 hours prior to the scheduled meeting time. Comments received after the deadline will be kept for the record, but will not be read during the meeting. If you have comments for more than one agenda item, please state which item you are commenting on.

Reasonable accommodation requests during COVID-19 pandemic

Persons with disabilities who need to request reasonable accommodation(s) to effectively participate in this meeting may contact the Office of the City Clerk. As the City of Opa-locka is currently operating under a Declaration of Emergency relating to the COVID-19 Pandemic, and is practicing CDC recommended social distancing protocols, staff from the Office of the City Clerk may be working remotely.

Persons with disabilities who need reasonable accommodations are asked to e-mail such requests to jflores@opalockafl.gov at least three (3) business days in advance of the need for reasonable accommodation. You may also call (305) 953-2800.

City of Opa-locka public participation and decorum rules

Speaking before the Commission

NOTE: All persons speaking shall come forward and give your full name and address, and the name and address of the organization you are representing.

There is a three (3) minute time limit for speaker/citizens forum and participation at all city commission meetings and public hearings. Your cooperation is appreciated in observing the three (3) minute time limit policy. If your matter requires more than three (3) minutes, please arrange a meeting or an appointment with the City Clerk prior to the commission meeting. City of Opa-locka Code of Ordinances Section 2-57

Decorum Policy

Any person making impertinent or slanderous remarks or who become boisterous while addressing the commission, shall be declared to be out of order by the presiding officer, and shall be barred from further audience before the Commission by the presiding officer, unless permission to continue or again address the commission be granted by the majority vote of the commission members. City of Opa-locka Code of Ordinances Section 2-58

If the Chair or Commission declares a virtual participant to be out of order, he or she may be muted by the moderator.

All remarks shall be addressed to the Commission as a body and not to any member thereof.

No person, other than a member of the Commission and the person having the floor, may be permitted to enter into any discussion, either directly or through a member of the Commission, without permission of the Chair. No question may be asked except through the Chair.

Speakers should make their comments concise and to the point.

For questions and/or additional information, please contact the Office of the City Clerk at (305) 953-2800 or (786) 877-4038.