West Palm Beach’s civility code for city commission meetings would survive constitutional freedom-of-speech challenges, but also could use some tweaks, a lawyer hired by the city said last week.
The city set up a series of roundtables involving residents, including commission critics; the first was May 29. And in early July, it retained Palm Beach Gardens lawyer Gerald Richman to study the code.
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West Palm Beach ‘Civility Code’
Civility and decorum required. While the commission is in session, the members of the commission shall not, by conversation or otherwise, delay or interrupt the proceedings or the peace of the commission and shall obey all orders of the commission or its presiding officer, except as otherwise provided. Displays of anger, rudeness, ridicule, impatience, lack of respect and personal attacks are strictly prohibited. The presiding officer shall preserve strict order, civility and decorum at all meetings.