Coronavirus Notice of Virtual Meeting
Pursuant to the provisions of Section 286.011, Florida Statutes, and Governor DeSantis’ Executive Orders 20-51, 20-52, 20-91, 20-92, 20-112 and 20-179 in which the Governor declared a public health emergency, a state of emergency and executed a “Safer at Home” order, Phase 1, 2 and 3 Recovery, as well as the adoption by the St. Lucie County Board of Fire Commissions of Resolution 689-20, there is a recommendation to limit public gatherings. The previously scheduled and noticed September 16, 2020, Fire Board meeting will be conducted as a VIRTUAL/TELECONFERENCE MEETING. The VIRTUAL/TELECONFERENCE MEETING will be held at 4:00 p.m. The meeting agenda will be available at https://slcfd.com/AgendaCenter. Information for the public regarding how to access this meeting and detailed instructions can be obtained at https://slcfd.com/341/Virtual-Meeting. Public comments may be submitted in advance of the meeting to PublicComments@slcfd.org. Public comment emails must be sent by 2:30 p.m. on September 16, 2020. Any submissions received after the deadline may not be read during the meeting but will be included as part of the record.
During this declared health emergency, compliance with the physical quorum and public attendance requirements of the Sunshine Law could jeopardize the health of the governing body members, our first responders and the general public. Pursuant to the Governor’s extended Executive Order 20-193, the quorum requirements for public meetings are suspended, and the Fire Board is authorized to hold public meetings through the use of communications media technology, subject to the adoption of rules pursuant to Section 120.54(5)(b)2, Fla. Stat.
Consistent with the authority contained in the Governor’s Executive Order(s), and St. Lucie County Fire District Resolution No. 689-20, in order to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the residents and our first responders, the Board of Fire Commissioners of the St. Lucie County Fire District finds that it is in the best interest of St. Lucie County to hold this virtual public meeting, which is being held in substantial compliance with Section 286.011, Florida Statutes, “Florida’s Sunshine Law.”
Any person seeking to appeal any decision made by the Fire Board with respect to any matter considered at any of these meetings is advised that a recording of proceedings is required in any such appeal and that such person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, including testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based (F.S. 286.0105).
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, persons needing special accommodations to participate in this proceeding must contact the St. Lucie County Fire District’s Human Resources Division (772) 621-3400, at least 48 hours prior to the time of the scheduled meeting.
- COVID-19 Response Protocol Public Health Emergency Executive Order # 20-51
- Emergency Management COVID-19 Local Government Public Meetings Executive Order #20-69
- Emergency Management COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Executive Order #20-52
- Essential Services and Activities During COVID-19 Executive Order #20-91
- Florida Attorney General Advisory Legal Opinion
- Resolution 689-20 to Approve Virtual Meetings 04 15 20