WELCOME TO YOUR CITY COMMISSION MEETING
We are pleased that you have demonstrated an interest in the City of Hallandale Beach by attending a
City Commission Meeting. The City Commission encourages citizen participation in the local
government process. We hope you will attend more of these meetings in the future. The City
Commission also recognizes the necessity for conducting orderly and efficient meetings in order to
complete City business in a timely manner.
The presiding officer of the City Commission shall be the Mayor, or in the Mayor’s absence, the Vice
Mayor. In the absence of both the Mayor and the Vice Mayor, a temporary presiding officer shall be
selected by seniority of Office of those Commissioners present. The presiding officer shall preserve
order and decorum at all regular and special meetings of the City Commission and shall have the
authority to regulate irrelevant debate, repetitious discussion, and disruptive behavior at a public
meeting. However, a decision of the presiding officer may be overruled by a majority vote of the City
The City Commission recognizes the importance of protecting the right of its citizens and taxpayers to
express their opinions on the operation of City government and encourages citizen participation in the
local government process. The City Commission also recognizes the necessity for conducting orderly
and efficient meetings in order to complete City business in a timely and proper manner.
Any individual may speak on any agenda item and/or any subject pertinent to the City. Every individual
wishing to address the City Commission is encouraged to sign in with the City Clerk prior to the meeting.
Public participation during all items is limited to three minutes, however, the City Commission may allow
more time at their discretion. When addressing the City Commission during public participation,
speakers are requested to provide their name and city of residency. Speakers shall confine their
comments solely to the agenda item being discussed or to matters related to City business. Unless it
is an agenda item, speakers are prohibited from discussing their own pending court cases and filed
claims against the City or City personnel. Speakers may not engage in commercial advertisement or
It is prohibited for any person to disturb or interrupt any meeting of the City Commission or otherwise
fail to comport with the rules of decorum. The use of obscene or profane language is prohibited. Loud
and disruptive speech is prohibited. Any physical violence or the threat thereof is prohibited. The use
of words likely to cause a fight or tending to cause a breach of the peace are prohibited. Speakers
should not engage in personal attacks. Remarks should be directed to the Presiding Officer or the
Commission. Personal attacks against individual Commissioners, the City Manager or Staff are
Any person declared out of order or causing a disturbance will be cautioned and may be barred from
making any additional comments during the meeting. Any person who becomes disruptive or interferes
with the orderly business of the Commission may be removed from the Commission Chambers.
The above represents a summarization of City Ordinance 2017-15, which establishes regulations for
orderly meetings and public participation. Copies of this Ordinance are available for public inspection
in the City Clerk’s Office. Any person requiring auxiliary aids and services at this, or future meetings,
may call the City Clerk’s Office at 954-457-1340 at least two calendar days prior to the meeting.