The West Palm Beach civility roundtable was designed to help eliminate outbursts. It might have worked too well.
The group met amid great fanfare in May and again in August. But in the 3½ months since, not a peep’s been heard from the city about future meetings or reports.
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The West Palm Beach “civility code” as posted on agendas and read at commission meetings:
CIVILITY AND DECORUM: The City of West Palm Beach is committed to civility and decorum by its officials, employees and members of the public who attend this meeting. The City Code, Secs. 2-31(8), 2-31(18) and 2-31(22), provides in pertinent part:
- Officials shall be recognized by the Chair and shall not interrupt a speaker.
- Public comment shall be addressed to the City Commission as a whole and not to any individual on the dais or in the audience.
- Displays of anger, rudeness, ridicule, impatience, lack of respect and personal attacks are strictly prohibited.
- Unauthorized remarks from the audience, stamping of feet, whistles, yells and similar demonstrations shall not be permitted.
- Offenders may be removed from the meeting.