ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - WFTV's Kathi Belich got a chance to talk with Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs about the text messages she reportedly received from lobbyists at the same time she was voting on the controversial paid sick time ordinance.
The Chamber of Commerce opposes the paid sick time measure. The president of the West Orange Chamber of Commerce, Jacobs' longtime friend, texted her that the supporters had their numbers wrong and were confused and texted Jacobs "not you," "keep smiling."
The County Commission meeting on
Jacobs sent and received texts during that meeting on her personal cellphone, but some of the texts were about the paid sick time petition.
The mayor deleted them from her phone, but when requests were made for them as public records, the texts were not readily available.
On Thursday, she talked to WFTV about it.
"It didn't occur to me to be an issue at
The mayor said she didn't realize her new phone carrier did not provide easy access to deleted text messages, so she had the county's computer experts work on it. They were able to retrieve them from her
"This was for me honestly one of the most distressing times that I've gone through because I would never intentionally hide something from the public. It's just not who I am," said Jacobs.
The board eventually voted 4-3 to delay the measure from going to the voters.
But a key court decision on the issue came down during that Sept. 11 meeting, and Jacobs reacted to that in her text messages.