Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection (Stand Your Ground) Meets in Palm Beach County, Miami-Dade on September 12, 13

Aug 27, 2012


Florida Governor Rick Scott’s Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection, also known as the “Stand Your Ground” Task Force, will hold two meetings in Palm Beach County and Miami-Dade County on September 12 and 13, respectively.

The Task Force will ultimately prepare and present a report to the Florida Legislature in time for its 2013 Session.

Below is meeting information on each:

(Both meetings will be Webcast live on The Florida Channel at http://thefloridachannel.org.   Technical questions should be directed to the Florida Channel at (850) 488-1281.)


Palm Beach County/West Palm Beach

WHAT:  Public Meeting of the Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection

WHEN:  9 a.m. – 5 p.m.*  (*1 – 5 p.m. Public comment will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.)

WHERE:  South Florida Water Management District, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33406


Miami-Dade County/Cutler Bay

WHAT:  Public Meeting of the Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection

WHEN:  9 a.m. – 5 p.m.*  (*1 – 5 p.m. Public comment will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.)

            12 – 1 p.m. Lunch Break      

WHERE:  South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211 Street, Cutler Bay, Florida 33189


SATELLITE NEWS TRUCKS PARKING:  Media outlets parking a satellite truck on-site must RSVP by notifying the Governor’s Press Office at media@eog.myflorida.com by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11.


*Guidelines for Public Comment

  • The general public is encouraged to attend.
  • Public comments will be limited to three minutes per speaker on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Individuals wishing to address the task force during the public comment section of the meeting must register in the lobby between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Comments must be kept within the allowed time and will be strictly enforced by the time keeper.
  • While the task force encourages public testimony, time may not permit all persons wishing to speak to be heard at this meeting.
  • The public is also invited to provide input by contacting the task force through the website www.FLGov.com/citizensafety or by e-mailing CitizenSafety@eog.myflorida.com.

Any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this meeting is asked to contact the Governor’s Office by 5 p.m. Friday, September, 7, 2012:


Executive Office of the Governor

The Capitol

Tallahassee, FL 32399
(850) 717-9331

Any person who is hearing or speech impaired, please use the Florida Relay Service to contact the Governor’s Office.   (800) 955-8771 (TDD).  (800) 955-8770 (Voice).

 When the meeting agenda is finalized, it will be available at www.FLGov.com/citizensafety. Follow the task force on Twitter @FLCitizenSafety.


About Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” Task Force

Finalized Mission Statement as passed unanimously on May 1, 2012:

“The Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection will review Chapter 776, F.S., and its implementation, listen to the concerns and ideas from Floridians, and make recommendations to the Governor and Florida Legislature to ensure the rights of all Floridians and visitors, including the right to feel safe and secure in our state.”


Guiding Principles:

1. Provide forums where Floridians have the opportunity to be heard regarding Chapter 776, Florida Statutes.

2. Develop trust by bring objectivity to the meetings, listening with an open mind and maintaining a calm and productive environment.

3. Ensure an open and honest discussion of relevant laws, rules, regulations, and programs.

4. Protect the rights of all Floridians and visitors to feel safe and secure in our state.


Scope of Work to Accomplish Mission:

  • Determine where and when public hearings should be held in the state with a rationale based on Guiding Principles.
  • Define the listening processes to be used in these public hearings.
  • Develop communication plan with multiple and varied media forms to ensure all interested citizens have the opportunity to participate.
  • Review and discuss Chapter 776, F.S. and its implementation.
  • Conduct meetings and consolidate information including relevant data, including national comparisons.
  • Prepare a report for Governor Scott and the Florida Legislature by the start of the legislative session.