DeBary officials attend Florida League gathering in Orlando

The kids are back to school. Now it’s class time for Florida leaders — at the World Center Marriott in Orlando.

DeBary officials this week joined scores of other officials from across the Sunshine State for an annual conference hosted by the Florida League of Cities in Orlando.

All but one elected DeBary leader – Mayor Bob Garcia — was scheduled to attend. Interim DeBary Manager Ron McLemore also was scheduled to attend, according to Florida League of Cities spokeswoman Erika Branchcomb.

Interim DeBary Manager Ron McLemore also was scheduled to attend, according to Florida League of Cities spokeswoman Erika Branchcomb.

“Yes, I am in attendance at the Florida League of Cities Conference. I sit on the Transportation & Governmental Relations Committee,” City Council Vice Chair Lita Handy-Peters said in an email to DeBaryLife.

“Attending Ethics class 1st up Sunshine Law #FLCities2017,” City Council member Erika Benfield said on Twitter.

City Council member Mike Brady said the conference is a good learning opportunity.

“I have attended an Ethics and Sunshine Law seminar, a seminar of the City’s Role in the Opioid Epidemic, and plan to attend seminars on Response and Recovery as it relates to FEMA and Insurance Claims, a seminar on Home Rule, a seminar on the Homestead Exemption Legislation recently passed by the state Legislature, and a seminar on City Ballot Initiatives,” Brady said in an email.

“There is also an opportunity to network with elected officials from other municipalities on best practices,” he added.

DeBary’s estimated cost to send the officials to the conference was not available Thursday.

About 1,000 city officials from across Florida attend the annual conference to “share ideas, attend educational workshops and sessions, discuss strategies for Florida’s future, determine League policies, and visit the Municipal Marketplace,” the league’s website said.

The 91st annual conference runs through Saturday.

Twitter feeds on Thursday showed elected and appointed officials attended a discussion during the conference about the nation’s opioid epidemic.

“We knew when we shut down the pill mills, people would move to heroin, ” West Palm Beach-based State Attorney Dave Aronberg is quoted as saying on Dr. Scott Paine‏’s twitter account.

Review the agenda for the conference below:

2017-flc-conference-program

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