Palm Beach County commission nixes night meetings

Untitled-1Palm Beach County Commissioners Tuesday voted 5-1 to eliminate the two regular commission meetings a year that are held at night.

Palm Beach County Commissioner Mary Lou Berger had made the suggestion on Nov. 17, immediately after being selected and sworn in for the mostly ceremonial mayor’s post.

She also had recommended banning public comments at Palm Beach County Commission workshops.

Both ideas drew opposition and on Dec. 15, commissioners put a decision on hold while they asked County Attorney Denise Nieman to research the ideas.

Nieman told commissioners Tuesday they shouldn’t vote on the comment feature because they already can decide at a workshop whether to allow comment.

In the vote on the night meetings, Commissioner Paulette Burdick was opposed.

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