February 4, 2014
Dear Fellow Florida Editors:
It’s time to get your entries together for the Florida Society of News Editors’ 2014 Journalism Contest, the top journalism contest in Florida!
We are using the same easy-to-use website that everyone got used to last year: betternewspapercontest.com.
Here are some things that you really should know. Links to full contest rules and categories . . . → Read More: FSNE 2014 contest call for entries
March 3, 2014
For Immediate Release
Contact: Barbara Petersen, 850.224.4555
FLORIDA’S FIRST AMENDMENT FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES WINNER OF THE
JAMES C. ADKINS/SUNSHINE LITIGATION AWARD
The First Amendment Foundation is pleased to announce it will award Frank Denton, Editor, andThe Florida Times-Union the James C. Adkins/Sunshine Litigation Award.
The nomination for the award was based on Denton and The Florida Times-Union exceptional . . . → Read More: FLORIDA’S FIRST AMENDMENT FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES WINNER OF THE JAMES C. ADKINS/SUNSHINE LITIGATION AWARD
March 1, 2014
By: Marisa Kendall
The upcoming legislative session could be important for Florida’s public records laws.
Starting Tuesday, several bills will be on the table that could broaden access to or exempt information from the state’s Sunshine Laws.
“We’re seeing an explosion in the number of bills that are being filed,” said Barbara Petersen, president of the First . . . → Read More: Florida public records rules could change
TAMPA BAY TIMES
Friday, February 28, 2014
By: Steve Bousquet, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau
TALLAHASSEE — By using his personal jet for public business, Florida Gov. Rick Scott can shield his itinerary from websites that track flights, and when his plane lands, he uses a public records exemption to tighten the cloak of secrecy.
Wherever Scott goes, he’s shadowed by Florida . . . → Read More: Florida Gov. Rick Scott cloaks travel details, citing security
by Andrew Beaujon
Published Feb. 26, 2014 4:39 pm
Updated Feb. 26, 2014 5:09 pm
Naples City Desk
Gina Edwards filed suit against Dwight Brock, the clerk of the Circuit Court of Collier County, Fla., because his office attempted to charge her $556 to fill a public records request.
Edwards’ previous requests were filled for $1 per CD containing electronic records. But “Brock imposed a $1 per . . . → Read More: Reporter sues Florida court clerk over FOIA fees
BY HERALD/TIMES TALLAHASSEE BUREAU
February 12, 2014
Rep. Carlos Trujillo, R-Miami, wants to prevent sheriffs and police from releasing booking photos of people charged with crimes.
A House committee debate Wednesday prompted the panel’s chairman, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, to bring up his own brush with mug-shot fame from a 2008 traffic stop that led to a . . . → Read More: Florida lawmaker files bill that would ban release of arrest mug shots
The Florida Times-Union
By Matt Dixon (PolitiJax) February 13, 2014 – 5:08pm
A House panel last week grilled a Florida Department of Revenue official over whether or not committees housed within that department violated state Sunshine Laws.
In one exchange during a Feb. 5 meeting of the usually low-key House Rulemaking Oversight and Repeal Subcommittee, state Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Shalimar, asked point-blank . . . → Read More: Did the Florida Department of Revenue break state Sunshine Law? Executive director set to testify
Sunshine Week is March 16-22, and it is in our deep best interests to work together to emphasize and celebrate it, as we continue our struggle against the forces of darkness.
After all, we started it in Florida in 2002 when some Florida legislators were trying to create a range of new exemptions to the state’s public records . . . → Read More: Sunshine Week Letter – Frank Denton
February 24, 2014|By Lauren Roth, Orlando Sentinel
Complex scores used in the pay decisions of Florida public school teachers were released Monday by the state Department of Education after a successful lawsuit by The Florida Times-Union.
The controversial numbers, known as “Value-Added Model” scores, are intended to show the impact of a given teacher on his or her students’ FCAT . . . → Read More: Florida releases teacher evaluation scores
By Sheila Mullane Estrada, Times Correspondent
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 4:28pm
ST. PETE BEACH — The First Amendment Foundation has entered an appeals case alleging that the City Commission violated the state’s Sunshine Law.
The court action involves an ongoing and sometimes bitter dispute over the public use of beach property in front of a Pass-a-Grille home south of the . . . → Read More: St. Pete Beach couple in court again over private beach
Written by Dave Berman
FLORIDA TODAY Jan. 29, 2014
Four witnesses testified today, as a court hearing began in a case involving whether the files of the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast should be considered public records. Testimony is scheduled to continue Friday before Circuit Judge John Moxley Jr.
The hearing stemmed a lawsuit filed in August . . . → Read More: Public or private? Hearing on EDC records begins