The Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County, if inadvertently, violated Florida’s public meetings and records laws in the handing out of grants for a beautification program, the county’s Inspector General said in a report issued Wednesday.
The report said a committee set up to award the grants did its work in private and didn’t take minutes.
Authority Executive Director Mark Hammond wrote the Inspector General, arguing the committee fell within “fact-finding” exemptions to Florida’s Government in the Sunshine Law.
The Authority did reconvene the grant committee following its June 8 regular meeting, with public notice and with minutes taken, this to meet requirements of the Sunshine Law that an entity which takes actions in violation of the law must hold a “cure” meeting at which it cannot just rubber-stamp its original decisions but must reenact the entire process.
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