Florida First Amendment Foundation: Texting blitz to save firefighters from demotions violated spirit, intent of Sunshine Law

When it became clear Monday the Jacksonville City Council would not spend $320,000 to prevent fire department demotions, the firefighters’ union president sent out a flurry of text messages to council members in a last-ditch, real-time — and private — lobbying push for a second vote.

Whether his efforts persuaded council members is unclear, but the money was approved in a second vote about an hour later after three council members switched sides. One of them, Scott Wilson, exchanged messages with Randy Wyse, the union’s president, during the meeting.  Continue>>>