Title: Memo: March 15, 1982 University Club Discrimination
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Title: Memo: March 15, 1982 University Club Discrimination
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Abstract: Memo: March 15, 1982 University Club Discrimination
General Note: Box 10, Folder 24 ( SF WMD Quarterly Meetings VOL I - 1982 ), Item 3
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March 15, 1982

QUI RY: Is there any prohibition in the law against having the
Reception and Dinner Meeting at the University Club of
Tampa. atop the Tampa City Center in connection with the
Quarterly Meeting of Water Management Districts on
March 25, 1982.


DISCUSSION: It has been suggested that there might be some
prohibition against having a meeting at the University Club because
of discrimination.

Section 286.011(1) provides that:

"all meetings. .at which official acts are to be taken
are declared to be public meetings open to the public
at all times, and no resolution, rule, or formal action
shall be considered binding except as taken or made at
such meeting." (Emphasis added.)

Subsection 286.011(6) provides that:

"all persons subject to subsection (1) are prohibited
from holding meetings at any facility or location which
discriminates on the basls-of sex, age, race, creed, color,
origin, or economic status or which operates in such a
manner as to unreasonably restrict public access to such
a facility."

The assemblages in question are identified on the registration
form as "Reception" and as "Dinner Meeting." Both are scheduled
to be held at the University Club of Tampa. [It is well known
that the University Club does not welcome ladies to its noon meals
and on at least one well-publicized occasion did refuse to seat
and serve a lady guest. This occurred several years ago when the
lady guest was currently serving as Chairman of the Board of County
Commissioners. She subsequently became a State Senator and was the
successful sponsor of a bill which amended S286.011 by adding
subsection (6) quoted above.]

After 4:30 p.m. each day the University Club welcomes ladies and
any other invited guests of members. All food and beverage served
is charged to host member's accounts.

MEMORANDUM re: University Club Discrimination
March 15, 1982
Page Two

In connection with the event planned for March 25, 1982, the
"Reception" is scheduled for 7:00-8:00 p.m. and the "Dinner
Meeting" is scheduled for 8:00-9:30 p.m. Persons registered
for this water management meeting are expected to pay a
registration fee of $35.00. The brochure indicates that the
fee "covers costs of all meals and meeting materials." In
addition to the "Dinner Meeting" there is also a "Breakfast
Buffet" on Friday morning.

Members of the Host Committee also state that while they urge
pre-registration, they will allow late registration and will have
a table at the University Club at the beginning of the reception
for the purpose of accepting late registrants; Space and available
meal service will be the only thing that could cause someone to be
turned away from either event. Maintenance of reasonable decorum
is anticipated and participants are expected to be appropriately
attired. (Men are expected to wear jackets or coats and extra
jackets are available at the University Club,in the event they
should arrive without such garment.)

The "Meeting Schedule" lists "Topics of Discussion" for the Thursday
afternoon meeting at another location. An "Agenda" is listed for the
Quarterly meeting scheduled for Friday morning, also to be held at
another location.

Two functions are to. be held at the University Club. These are the
"Reception".and the "Dinner Meeting." The items to be handled

-- A welcome by Bruce Samson (Chairman of SWFWMD)
-- Introductions by Bob Martinez (a former Governing Board
member and now Mayor of Tampa)
A speech by Victoria Tschinkel, Secretary of DER

The reception and dinner meeting will afford members of Governing
Boards, representatives from the Department of Environmental
Regulation and other public officials, together with staff members,
an opportunity to meet and become better acquainted with each other.
Persons will be attending from throughout the state, many of whom
have not had an opportunity to become acquainted with each other.

No official acts are to be taken by the Governing Board of SWFWMD.
No official acts are to be taken jointly by the water management
district representatives attending the "Reception" and the "Dinner
Meeting." Therefore, the provisions of $286.011 have no applicability.

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MEMORANDUM re: University Club Discrimination
March 15, 1982
Page Three

The gathering is not for the purpose of conducting public
business by members of the respective Governing Boards which are
collegial bodies constituting agency heads and there is no intent
to hold the gathering for the purpose of rule drafting. Therefore,
the definitions of meetings and workshops in Rule 28-2.01, F.A.C.,
do not apply.

CONCLUSION: The reception and dinner meeting are not being held
for any of the purposes enumerated within the definitions of
meetings and workshops set forth in the Model Rules and no official
acts are contemplated to be taken which renders S286.011 inapplicable.

[It should also be pointed out parenthetically that although the
gathering does not fall within the rule or the law, the Host Committee is
confident that there will be no discrimination at the location of
the gathering on an of the enumerated bases. Great effort has been
made to hold the gathering at a location which will provide pleasant
surroundings and.a good meal for all who desire to attend, regardless
of their sex, age, race, creed, color, origin, or economic status
and every effort isibeing made to make sure that public access is not
unreasonably restricted.]


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