FHSAA doesn’t plan to live stream board meeting

The Florida High School Athletic Association Board of Directors is set to meet in person Aug. 14 at the Best Western Gateway Grand in Gainesville.

But unlike previous meetings this summer, this one, scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, won’t be streamed live over the internet despite the fact that the fate of the fall sports season is expected to be determined.

Executive Director George Tomyn decided to not broadcast the meeting. Board president Lauren Otero immediately requested that Tomyn reverse the decision.

“Upon learning this, I requested the meeting to be broadcast, but my request was denied,” Otero said. 

The previous two board meetings this summer were available online and attracted viewing audiences of 3,000-plus.

The FHSAA has stated on its web site that public input regarding the meeting can be sent in via email to questions@fhsaa.org.

Emails must be received prior to 8 a.m. on Aug. 14. Public input will also be accepted in person.

Not live streaming the meeting potentially violates Sunshine Law in the state. A request on information about that topic has been made to the Attorney General’s Office in Florida.

The first two meetings were done via Zoom and live streamed on YouTube. This will be the first meeting of the summer done in person. But capacity is limited at the meeting because of COVID-19 restrictions.

On Wednesday, the state’s Athletic Directors Advisory Committee voted 8-7 to recommend that the FHSAA push to the start of the fall sports season to late November. 

The first day of practice for fall sports is currently scheduled for Aug. 24. Competition would begin Sept. 11 if that start date remains in place.

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