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SAFETY HARBOR COMMISSION CONSIDERS RULES TO BAN HECKLING

The Safety Harbor City Commission is considering a new set of rules to govern audience conduct at commission meetings, which have been raucous on occasion in recent months.

"Heckling and audible outbursts" would be banned under the proposed rules. Personal attacks and other disorderly conduct by audience members could lead to their removal from council chambers.

"Quite frankly, this is just respectable behavior, asking people not to clap and heckle from the audience when we're trying to conduct city business," Mayor Joe Ayoub said.

A code of conduct is appropriate, Ayoub said, given recent instances of residents ignoring his requests for calm and extending meetings by continuously clapping and shouting.

The next hearing on the proposed rules is scheduled for Monday.

Following are comments left by readers who saw the story about the Safety Harbor rules proposal on tampabay.com.

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"Just an example of politicians who don't want to held accountable for their actions. If you can't stand the heat..."

JailBadJudges

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"The Mayor and his 2 little cronies are an embarrassment to the city. Make all the rules you want but you'll never silence the people who don't want you in office and resent what you have done to OUR city."

Bucfanz

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"A council meeting is not a WWE match, a bullfight, or Roman gladiators in the Coliseum. Asking those people present to state their disagreements civilly will result in a good reputation for Safety Harbor as an intelligent, mindful, yet compromising city.

Whooping and hollering paints the city as yahoo hayseeds, ready to bust out fightin'"

soisay

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