Seminole Tribe Wants the Court to Seal Records Obtained by Reporter — So It Can Redact Profit Data – Miami Herald

FIRST AMENDMENT FOUNDATION

May 12, 2016

By: Mary Ellen Klas

The Seminole Tribe of Florida is seeking an emergency hearing in federal court to force Politico, the online news site, to seal a copy of a deposition given by Seminole Gaming CEO Jim Allen until it can redact the annual gaming revenue that was released by the state as part of a public records request.

The . . . → Read More: Seminole Tribe Wants the Court to Seal Records Obtained by Reporter — So It Can Redact Profit Data – Miami Herald

Brent Batten: Journalist’s public records dispute with Collier Clerk of Courts Dwight Brock running up legal bills

NAPLES DAILY NEWS

May 1, 2016

By: Brent Batten

You may want to sit down.

Legal bills in a case over a $550 charge for public records have surpassed $100,000 and may well exceed $200,000 before all is said and done.

Collier County Clerk of Courts Dwight Brock has spent $121,000 on outside attorneys defending against a lawsuit brought by independent . . . → Read More: Brent Batten: Journalist’s public records dispute with Collier Clerk of Courts Dwight Brock running up legal bills

Broward Health Commission Considers Ignoring the Sunshine Law Again!

SOUTH FLORIDA REPORTER

April 27, 2016

By: Buddy Nevins

Someone at Broward Health still doesn’t understand that it is a public health care system.

Public, as in county taxpayers paid $140 million last year plus millions in grants and other goodies to run it.

That tax money gives the public certain rights. Like the right to know how the system is being . . . → Read More: Broward Health Commission Considers Ignoring the Sunshine Law Again!

Editorial: More sunshine needed at Visit Florida

TAMPA BAY TIMES

April 22, 2016

Enterprise Florida, the state’s primary job recruitment operation, isn’t the only public-private partnership in this state that deserves more scrutiny of its use of public tax dollars. Visit Florida, the state’s tourism agency, also should get a thorough examination of how it spends public money — and a healthy dose of openness. . . . → Read More: Editorial: More sunshine needed at Visit Florida

Minutes of FSNE Board Meeting January 12, 2016

Jan. 12, 2016

A) Call to order.

B) Those on call * (asterik)

* Doug Ray – organizer

David Carlson
Rosemary Goudreau
*Ken Koehn
*Bob Gabordi
*Nick Moschella
Cindy Ross
*Gil Thelen
Mindy Marques
*Terry Spencer
*Chris Porter
*Frank Denton
*Manny Garcia
*Tim Franklin
*Jennifer Orsi

C) Approval of minutes – done, unanmious.

D) Sunshine Sunday/Week plan and coordination with Sunshine Coalition plan.  Moschella. Petersen.
Potential topics / ideas:

–   E-MAILS: Given the email news regarding Scott . . . → Read More: Minutes of FSNE Board Meeting January 12, 2016

Aggregated Post: Publisher suing city over records

Publisher suing city over records

The publisher of a local independent newspaper is suing the city of Pensacola over public records requests in connection with the city’s investigation of its top two fire chiefs. (Read More)

Editorial: Big win for public records at Florida Supreme Court

The Florida Supreme Court took an important step this week to preserve the constitutional right to inspect and . . . → Read More: Aggregated Post: Publisher suing city over records

Jacksonville Police and Fire Pension Fund must pay legal fees to activist for seven-year battle over records

FLORIDA TIMES-UNION

April 14, 2016

By: Eileen Kelley

The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Jacksonville Police and Fire Pension Fund should pay citizen activist Curtis Lee tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees in a case that started over a bill for $326.

Thursday’s ruling was the second in a week to go in Lee’s favor and . . . → Read More: Jacksonville Police and Fire Pension Fund must pay legal fees to activist for seven-year battle over records

Aggregated Post: Florida justices: Agencies liable for fees in public-record violations

Florida justices: Agencies liable for fees in public-record violations

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday issued a broadly worded ruling that made clear public agencies are liable for paying attorney’s fees if they violate the state’s open-records law. (Read More)

Justices: Public agencies found guilty violating records laws liable for attorney fees

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Supreme . . . → Read More: Aggregated Post: Florida justices: Agencies liable for fees in public-record violations

Students, newspaper sue UCF over records

INDEPENDENT FLORIDA ALLIGATOR

April 12, 2016

By: Melissa Gomez

A student news organization is battling a Florida university for the right to know the names of Student Government officials in meetings and documents.

On Friday, Knight News, Inc., a student newspaper, won against the University of Central Florida in a court case that began in 2013.

In an opinion released Friday . . . → Read More: Students, newspaper sue UCF over records

FL FAF: Barrier to the right of access not authorized by law

HISTORIC CITY NEWS

April 9, 2016

On March 23, 2016, when Historic City News Editor Michael Gold was told by the City of St. Augustine that he would have to come to City Hall to obtain copies of interview forms completed by City Manager John Regan, no amount of reasoning could persuade the city to simply e-mail the . . . → Read More: FL FAF: Barrier to the right of access not authorized by law