I confess I’m here vicariously – my wife and son are both Gators.That said, I’m wondering if anybody knows of any wiki-type websites in use by a municipal gov’t or state agency here in Florida, where we are covered by Sunshine statutes? I’m on a city citizens’ sustainability board in Ft. Lauderdale. City lawyers have been using the Sunshine statutes to put the nix on my attempts to create a wiki website to increase collaboration between the public and city government in the development from scratch of sustainability policies, programs, initiatives, etc. It probably wouldn’t be a problem if it were done at the public-staff level. But it becomes problematic if board or commission members want to participate, since the Sunshine regs prohibit two-way, interactive communications between two board or commission members, outside of a publicly noticed meeting. I know there are some AG opinions on Facebook-type stuff, but I can’t find any on wikis. Nor can I find any one in state gov’t who is familiar enough with wikis to address the issue cogently.Personally, I think that wikis can successfully coexist with, be compliant with, and enhance the Sunshine statutes. But I’m not a lawyer, and therefore have little credibility to put forth arguments.It seems a shame that the Sunshine statutes themselves are being used to prohibit the use of what most open government experts consider the most innovative advance in open government in decades (centuries?). Any thoughts, advice, experience, suggestions, etc.?Bill Goetz
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