This excerpt taken from the FL DEF 14A filed Apr 9, 2009.
Reasons for Amendment
The Board of Directors strongly believes that a smaller board is more effective in facilitating communications and decision making, which is particularly important in maintaining a highly functional board. A board of directors consisting of between 7 and 13 persons would be consistent with the way the Board has operated since 1997, where the exact number of directors on the Board during this time ranged from a minimum of 9 persons to a maximum of 12 persons. It would also be consistent with the continuing trend towards smaller boards, with the average board size of major corporations decreasing over the past ten years.
We currently have nine members on our Board of Directors. The Board believes that a reduction in the board size would also avoid the potential situation of having to quickly fill any unexpected vacancies in order to meet the existing minimum size requirements. Given the importance of recruiting qualified, independent directors to serve as directors of your company, we believe that it is prudent to conduct an organized search for a replacement when vacancies occur in order to preserve the high quality of the Board and maintain its diversity of experience. Reducing the range of the minimum and maximum number of directors would provide added flexibility in determining the appropriate size of the Board from time to time.
The Board of Directors believes that the adoption of the proposed amendment to the By-Laws is in the best interests of the Company and our shareholders. Article II, Section 1 of the By-Laws is a shareholder-approved by-law, and we would continue to be required to seek our shareholders approval for any future amendments to this by-law.