Story by STACY MARTIN
On Tuesday, Sept. 10 following the regular council meeting, the city of Freeport held a Social Media Workshop to discuss the possibilities of creating a City of Freeport Facebook Page.
Ideas presented to the council from the city clerk’s department included posts that the page would focus on, including public notices, events, history, special individual and business recognition, project process, and other local captions.
Currently the mayor and the parks and recreation department both have their own Facebook pages. The council discussed the possibility of closing those accounts and focusing on the city having one Facebook page. Currently the mayor has just over 3,000 followers and posts concerning high school football games, ribbon cutting ceremonies, and upcoming events and projects. Having a mayor’s Facebook page allows city residents who follow the mayor to feel a personal connection to the city and also helps maintain that small-town feel of accessibility and engagement.
The council also discussed other issues that concern the use of social media, such as public records and Florida’s Sunshine Laws.
The city clerk’s department is planning a draft with rules, regulations, and additional details regarding creation and use of a city Facebook page and will present it at the next council meeting on September 26 at 6 p.m.