City Council Workshop
City of DeBary
Subject: Review and Discussion of Social Media Policy
From: City Manager
Meeting/Hearing Date: June 24, 2015
( ) Ordinance
( ) Resolution
( ) Other
( X) Supporting Documents/Contracts
The attached policy primarily concerns city owned and operated social media sites. Section 188.8.131.52. provides language developed by the City Attorney that cautions Elected or Appointed Officials on adhering to state law when using public or private social media sites.
5. Elected or Appointed Officials
Elected or appointed officials who are members of City boards or committees that individually wish to utilize City social media sites or to create or utilize their own or others website or social networking internet website, which pertains to or allows for communications relating to City matters, should be aware of the risks and requirements as set forth in Florida law, including but not limited to Florida Attorney General Opinions, the Sunshine Law, and the Public Records Law, prior to the establishment of such a site or activities thereon. Extreme caution and care should be exercised by such officials and anyone acting on their behalf in posting or uploading any content to a website or social networking internet website, to avoid the appearance of impropriety, violations of the Sunshine Law or the Public Records law, violations of
Florida’s ethics rules, or violations of Florida’s Election Code.
Discussion on ensuring decisions made at Quasi Judicial Hearings are transparent centered on the possibility of including wording in the social media policy addressing this issue. A stronger position would be in adding wording to the enabling ordinance of Boards and Commissions that prohibits pre-discussion of any issue to be decided at a quasi judicial hearing on any public or private social media site.
City Council Action:
( ) Approved As Recommended
( ) Approved With Modification
( ) Disapproved
( ) Continued Date:
( ) Other