BROOKSVILLE - As the city moves into budget talks, Mayor Lara Bradburn has invited a top fluoride opponent to weigh in.
Toward the end of Monday's City Council meeting, Bradburn said Dr. Paul Connett, one of the "most knowledgeable in the nation" on fluoride, will attend a Aug. 27 budget workshop.
Connett co-authored the 2010 book "The Case Against Fluoride: How hazardous waste ended up in our drinking water and the bad science and powerful politics that keep it there."
Bradburn said Connett has agreed to fly in at his own expense, and that a local resident will put him up for two nights.
"The city's responsibility is to pick him up and make sure he's well fed," Bradburn said.
The mayor is envisioning a "presidential-style debate," to educate council members and residents alike on the "pros and cons of water fluoridation, and whether that's an expense to take on as a city."
Bradburn said she has invited Dr. Johnny Johnson, a fluoride advocate, to speak but has not heard back.
The county also plans to broadcast the workshop, according to Bradburn.
The workshop is planned for 6 p.m. on Aug. 27 at Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave.
During Monday night's meeting, council members also discussed a letter sent from County Commissioner Jim Adkins to the city to remove two red-light cameras on county property. Vice Mayor Kevin Hohn said he believed the city has "home rule" over the cameras, adding red light cameras are an approved program by the state.