Manatee County School Board to award legal fees in public records cases, renew SRO contracts

BRADENTON HERALD

September 22, 2014

By: Meghin Delaney

BRADENTON — The Manatee County School District is set to award $21,000 to Michael Barfield in a public records settlement.

Barfield sued the school district in 2013 after officials failed to comply with his public records request. The district won the initial trial, but lost an appeal.

The board is expected to award . . . → Read More: Manatee County School Board to award legal fees in public records cases, renew SRO contracts

EDC Drops Brevard County’s Group Health Insurance

BREVARD TIMES

September 21, 2014

BREVARD COUNTY, Florida — Lynda Weatherman, President of the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast (EDC), announced last week that the EDC will cease participation in Brevard County’s group health insurance plan on January 1, 2015.  The EDC had participated in the County’s health insurance plans since 1991.

The move comes in the . . . → Read More: EDC Drops Brevard County’s Group Health Insurance

On Politics: County revises its relationship with EDC

FLORIDA TODAY

September 21, 2014

Brevard County has made revisions to its agreement with Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast, in an effort to clarify what economic development records are and are not public.

The Brevard County Commission on Tuesday approved a resolution designating “the county manager and his designees as the economic development agency of the county.”

The . . . → Read More: On Politics: County revises its relationship with EDC

Dorworth wants charges dismissed in Expressway Authority investigation

MY FOX ORLANDO

September 19, 2014

By: Mike Synan

ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -The attorney for former State Representative Chris Dorworth is asking for the charge that he violated the Florida Sunshine Law be dismissed. Both his case, and that of former Expressway Authority Board Member Scott Batterson were in court on Friday, but neither was in . . . → Read More: Dorworth wants charges dismissed in Expressway Authority investigation

Brevard County Awards EDC $1.4 Million Grant Contract

BREVARD TIMES

September 16, 2014

UPDATE:  The County Commission voted 4-1 to award a $1.4 million no-bid grant contract to the EDC with Commissioner Trudie Infantini being the sole no vote.  Infantini said that she did not believe that the grant to the EDC was legal because the County did not place the grant contract, which she considered . . . → Read More: Brevard County Awards EDC $1.4 Million Grant Contract

Letter raises question of possible violations of ‘Sunshine’ laws in Maitland

ORLANDO SENTINEL

September 16, 2014

By: David Breen

Former Maitland City Council member Linda Frosch said Tuesday that she has given a sworn statement to prosecutors about accusations that top city officials violated Florida’s open-government “Sunshine” laws.

The Orange-Osceola State Attorney’s Office would neither confirm nor deny an investigation. But Frosch said authorities began looking into the matter after receiving . . . → Read More: Letter raises question of possible violations of ‘Sunshine’ laws in Maitland

Florida Public Records Law

WGCU – NPR News

September 10, 2014

By: John Davis 

Florida is known for having robust laws when it comes to public access to records related to state and local government documents and communications. However, allegations of violations toFlorida’s Sunshine Law have been making headlines in recent weeks. In August, Tallahassee attorney Steven Andrews expanded his lawsuit against Gov. Rick Scott . . . → Read More: Florida Public Records Law

FSNE Summer Board Meeting

FSNE Summer Board Meeting

 

Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables, Fla.

July 11, 2014

 

Present: Bob Gabordi, Frank Denton, Doug Ray, Gil Thelen, David Plazas, Terry Spencer, Chris Porter, Manny Garcia, Bill Church, Kenny Irby

On telephone: Barbara Petersen, Dave Carlson

Absent: Mindy Marques, Dave Carlson

 

1. Meeting called to order by Gabordi.

Gabordi recommended for membership George Haj, editor-in-chief, Florida Daily Business Review. Motion to accept by Denton, seconded . . . → Read More: FSNE Summer Board Meeting

Herbits v. City of Miami – Amicus Brief

Please click the link to view the full brief: Herbits v. City of Miami – . . . → Read More: Herbits v. City of Miami – Amicus Brief

First Amendment Foundation’s Fall Seminars Announced

It’s that time again! FAF’s annual Sunshine Seminars are just around the corner.

These one-day seminars provide an overview of Florida’s public records and public meetings requirements in an informative and interactive format. These seminars satisfy the open government portion of the new ethics and open government training required for all constitutional officers and city officials.

The seminars . . . → Read More: First Amendment Foundation’s Fall Seminars Announced