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Thursday, June 01, 2023

UF, SFCC students offer input, aid to City Commission

Since the start of fall semester, the City of Gainesville has saved seats for SFCC and UF students on advisory boards and committees.

The government groups offer possible solutions to the city commission.

Robert Agrusa, UF Student Senate President, said students have a voice that needs to be recognized.

"This can give student input and hopefully change policy to help benefit students," he said.

For example, roam towing and parking situation policies have a large impact on the student population, Agrusa said.

Earlier this year, the UF Senate passed a bill that required SG senators living in off-campus districts to attend two city commission meetings per term, Agrusa said.

City Commissioner Jeanna Mastrodicasa said student involvement tends to fluctuate.

The roam-towing issues, for example, received little student feedback, she said.

Mastrodicasa said she's seen more involvement from SFCC students than UF students over the past year.

"It just comes in cycles," she said. "We're definitely interested in student input."

Clerk of Commission Kurt Lannon said students can apply for a maximum of two boards or committees.

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