Published: Oct 28, 2010 7:34 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 28, 2010 4:34 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Supreme Court has agreed Sarasota County officials did not violate the states' open government "sunshine" law in discussions about a bond issue to renovate the Baltimore Orioles' spring training facility.

The justices Thursday unanimously affirmed a judge's ruling validating the $31.2 million bond issue for the stadium complex in Sarasota.

Sarasota Citizens for Responsible Government appealed the validation on grounds that secret conversations took place.

The high court ruled a negotiating team was exempt from open meetings requirements because it had an informal role and that possible violations through e-mails sent among county commissioners was cured by subsequent public meetings.