Potential Sunshine Law conflicts lead CRA to dissolve advisory committee

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Published: Friday, November 29, 2013 at 12:44 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Citing the potential for violations of state Sunshine Law, city attorney Jerry Miller suggested the Community Redevelopment Agency "re-evaluate" a recently appointed citizens advisory committee.

With board member Joe Blocker casting the lone dissenting vote, the CRA board voted 4-1 to heed the attorney's advice, and dissolved the committee on Monday.

Miller suggested the Main Street Crestview Association could serve in the capacity as the advisory committee, which it already does to an extent.

But board president Robyn Helt said the association's purview doesn't cover the entire CRA district.

"I think they (the Main Street Association members) do a great job in promoting the Main Street area, but having more people involved would give us a broader perspective," Helt said.

Miller said the composition of the board, including a member of the media, WAAZ-WJSB radio's Cal Zethmayr, and merchants who might inadvertently discuss ideas, could be a "perfect storm as far as public meeting law is concerned."

After the vote dissolved the committee, Helt asked that the board itself consider several projects previously discussed, including a linear park connecting downtown and Twin Hills Park.

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