Gov. Rick Scott’s staff kept records secret for mansion project

TAMPA BAY TIMES

August 27, 2014

By: Mary Ellen Klas

TALLAHASSEE — The idea made sense: Create a “governor’s park” around the Florida Governor’s Mansion to spruce up the entrance by buying up shabby commercial property on the adjacent street and replace it with a grand boulevard and a visitors commons.

But it was an idea that was going to . . . → Read More: Gov. Rick Scott’s staff kept records secret for mansion project

“Decision 2014: Before You Vote” – Scott and Crist have accepted & panel is announced for October 15 debate

In the most closely watched governor’s race in the country, Leadership Florida and the Florida Press Association announce that both Governor Rick Scott and former Governor Charlie Crist have publicly agreed to participate in the “Decision 2014: Before You Vote” debate taking place on October 15 at Broward College’s main campus in Davie, Florida.

The one-hour debate, to be produced . . . → Read More: “Decision 2014: Before You Vote” – Scott and Crist have accepted & panel is announced for October 15 debate

Records show Gov. Rick Scott’s office put up barriers to public records

TAMPA BAY TIMES

August 22, 2014

By: Mary Ellen Klas

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott launched Project Sunburst two years ago to give the public easy access to his emails and those of his staff and promised it would become an “unprecedented, transparent window into how state government works.”

He also created a website to show state employee salaries and . . . → Read More: Records show Gov. Rick Scott’s office put up barriers to public records

LWV files massive public records request for redistricting files

STPETERSBLOG

August 17, 2014

By: Peter Schorsch

Attorneys for the League of Women Voterssubmitted an official public records request to the Florida Senate asking for all documents related to the recent redistricting trial.

Dated August 14, a request to the Florida Senate was made through the Orlando-based law firm of King, Blackwell, Zehnder & Wermuth.

Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis ruled that . . . → Read More: LWV files massive public records request for redistricting files

Media Entities Support Brevard Clerk In Records Appeal

SPACE COAST DAILY

August 6, 2014

MEDIA GROUPS FILED THEIR MOTION ON AUGUST 5

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — Fourteen major entities representing more than 35 individual print and television outlets have filed a motion for leave to file an amicus curiae brief in support of the Brevard County Clerk of the Circuit Court (the “Clerk”) in an appeal filed . . . → Read More: Media Entities Support Brevard Clerk In Records Appeal

Media files motion to back Ellis in EDC lawsuit

FLORIDA TODAY

August 6, 2014

Fourteen media entities representing more than 35 individual print and television outlets are seeking to support Brevard County Clerk of Courts Scott Ellis in a case related to whether Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast’s files are subject to the Florida Public Records Act.

In March, Circuit Court Judge John Moxley Jr. sided . . . → Read More: Media files motion to back Ellis in EDC lawsuit

FSNE operational goals 2014-15 – From President Frank Denton

Dear FSNE member:

I’d like to update you on FSNE activities and plans since our successful convention in Coral Gables.

Board appointments

Your board of directors has made these appointments:

Mindy Marques, executive editor of The Miami Herald, is secretary-treasurer, meaning she will be president in 2016-17.

Jennifer Orsi, managing editor of the Tampa Bay Times; Rosemary Goudreau, editorial page editor . . . → Read More: FSNE operational goals 2014-15 – From President Frank Denton

Pasco school officials’ trip raises Sunshine law questions

TAMPA BAY TIMES

August 1, 2014

By: Jeffrey S. Solochek

LAND O’LAKES — Pasco County School District leaders appear to have violated Florida’s open meeting law in obtaining permission to send a team to a North Carolina education conference in July.

Assistant superintendent Amelia Larson received an invitation to the three-day event after the School Board’s July 1 meeting, but saw . . . → Read More: Pasco school officials’ trip raises Sunshine law questions

Survey: Palm Bay’s website is best in state

FLORIDA TODAY

August 1, 2014

By: Stacey Barchenger

 
Palm Bay’s website is the best in the state when at providing access to public information and municipal services online, according to survey.

Palm Bay’s website is the best in the state when it comes to providing access to public information and municipal services online, according to an adjusted report from the Florida . . . → Read More: Survey: Palm Bay’s website is best in state

CITY OF QUINCY GETS LESSON ON SUNSHINE LAW

HAVANA HERALD

August 1, 2014

By: Sandi Beare

A labor attorney for the City of Quincy responded to questions put to him about public records requests and Florida’s Sunshine Law requirements.

 

Robert Edward Larkin III said the city must operate under the presumption that all records are considered public unless they meet exemption requirements under state law, i.e., if they . . . → Read More: CITY OF QUINCY GETS LESSON ON SUNSHINE LAW