PBC Commission holds moment of silence for Parkland shooting victims


Palm Beach County Mayor Melissa McKinlay opened Thursday’s zoning hearing by reading the names of the students and teachers killed during the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland on February 14.

Commissioners and those in attendance stood with bowed heads as McKinlay read the names of the 17 shooting victims, whose pictures were shown on screens in the meeting chambers.

All then observed a moment of silence before McKinlay recognized a pair of her colleagues, commissioners Steven Abrams and Mary Lou Berger, whose districts border the Broward County line and whose constituents know some of those impacted by the massacre.

Abrams said the proximity “just heightens the sadness and the upset with that transpired.”

Berger lauded the students at West Boca High, who walked out of their school Tuesday in solidarity with students at Douglas.

“I just wanted to give a shout-out and a bit of an attaboy to the students from West Boca High for their march to Parkland,” she said. “I thought that was a great tribute. As a student of the 1960s, we had that spark. It’s nice to see students with that spark again.”

Berger also praised the School District of Palm Beach County for sending buses to retrieve students after the march.

McKinlay wrapped up the acknowledgement by noting that state legislators have tied the hands of local officials who might want to approve some restrictions or limit access to guns.

She said it would be an honor to hear from Douglas students if they wanted to address commissioners on the issue.




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