Published: Oct 27, 2010 3:50 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 27, 2010 12:50 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Supreme Court has refused to take an appeal from a lower court ruling that says citizens have a right to attend but not speak at meetings of government bodies.

The justices issued a brief order Monday declining jurisdiction.

The 1st District Court of Appeal in March rejected citizens' claims the Pensacola's Community Maritime Park Associates had violated Florida's open meetings law when it refused to let them speak.

The court ruled the law, which covers the private organization because it's overseeing a city park project, doesn't include the right to speak.

The Supreme Court on Oct. 13 also declined a similar appeal involving the Alachua City Commission.