UPDATE: What Scott transition team members are saying about private meetingsby Dara Kam | December 22nd, 2010
Gov.-elect Rick Scott is winding up three days of behind-closed-doors briefings from his nearly 200 transition team members to prepare for his move into the governor’s office on Jan. 4.
Scott’s meeting in private with his teams although First Amendment Foundation lawyers say the meetings should be open to the public.
Scott’s aides told Palm Beach Post reporter John Lantigua the meetings on the 12th floor of the Florida Atlantic University-Broward College Higher Education Complex were off-limits. He was advised to wait in the lobby to interview attendees inside the public building.
When Scott’s briefing from his economic development team ended, Lantigua caught some of the attendees on the 12th floor before being asked by a Scott aide to leave.
Most of the transition members weren’t bothered by the private meetings.
“I think this way people can be a little more candid,” University of Central Florida president John Hitt said.
Tim Kuebler, senior VP with Titan America,a cement and concrete company with offices in Deerfield Beach, agreed.
“All the proposals discussed will be made public,” he said. Scott’s staff is posting all of the briefing documents and back-up materials online. Kuebler said he didn’t think the meeting would have been much different if it had been open to the public.
When reminded by Lantigua that the meeting was being held in a public building, Scott’s aide said that it was being used for a private purpose.