Registration now open for 2014 Annual Convention

staff report, Florida Press
Originally Published: April 2, 2014

Registration materials are now available for the 2014 FPA-FPF-FSNE Annual Convention. Join us July 10-11 at The Biltmore Hotel in Miami. Register by May 31 and take advantage of special early bird pricing!

Registration:
Registration Form
Online Registration

Hotel:
The Biltmore Hotel
1200 Anastasia Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33134

Room Rate: $139/night
Self-Parking: Free
Phone: 877-576-0793 (use group name FPA/FSNE . . . → Read More: Registration now open for 2014 Annual Convention

Aggregate Post: EDC Appeals Public Records Judgment

Commission battles to keep records confidential

ROCKLEDGE – The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast is continuing its battle to keep some of its records off-limits to the public. (Read More)

Brevard Clerk: EDC should pay his agency’s legal fees

Brevard County Clerk of Courts Scott Ellis says the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast should pay his . . . → Read More: Aggregate Post: EDC Appeals Public Records Judgment

DBPR failed to provide records

TALLAHASSEE.COM

April 19, 2014

By: Jennifer Portman

The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation was ordered last month to pay a Collier County couple $6,720 in legal and other fees for failing to provide records as required by the state’s open records law.

Chief Circuit Judge Charles A. Francis ordered DBPR to cover expenses incurred by Timothy and Regina . . . → Read More: DBPR failed to provide records

Gene Valentino cleared in public records complaint over ‘Party Down South’ emails

PENSACOLA NEWS JOURNAL – PNJ.COM

April 19, 2014

The State Attorney’s Office will take no action against Escambia County Commissioner Gene Valentino in connection with allegations that he withheld correspondence related to the “Party Down South” reality television show, in violation of Florida’s public records law.

Valentino came under fire last month, after he failed to turn over correspondence . . . → Read More: Gene Valentino cleared in public records complaint over ‘Party Down South’ emails

Concern For Public-Records Access As Florida Legislative Session Nears End

WLRN

April 17, 2014

By: Rick Stone

With two weeks to go in the lawmaking session, open government and ethics measures favored by watchdog groups are stalled in the Florida Legislature. There is a two-part concern about citizen access to public records.

The first worry is about the number of public-record exemptions that are pending this year. Barbara Petersen of . . . → Read More: Concern For Public-Records Access As Florida Legislative Session Nears End

Coalition urges passage of ethics, open government bills

THE FLORIDA CURRENT

April 16, 2014

By: Bill Cotterell

A coalition of open government activists spanning the political spectrum called on the Legislature Wednesday to slow its push for more exemptions to Florida’s “Sunshine” laws and put a high priority on improving public access to meetings and documents.

“Open government matters because open government breeds good governance,” Joel Chandler of Deerfield Beach, executive . . . → Read More: Coalition urges passage of ethics, open government bills

A curious champion for Senate President Don Gaetz’s public records bill

MIAMI HERALD

April 16, 2014

By: Michael Van Sickler, Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau

TALLAHASSEE – Senate President Don Gaetz made a public records bill one of his top priorities this session, only to see it stall in the Florida House.

SB 1648, which passed the Senate last month, would make a number of technical fixes to current law to generally improve the . . . → Read More: A curious champion for Senate President Don Gaetz’s public records bill

Update: Groups call on lawmakers to pass ethics, open-government bills

TALLAHASSEE.COM

April 16, 2014

By: Jeff Burlew

12:15 p.m. update

Government-watchdog groups called on Florida lawmakers to pass ethics and open-government bills that have passed the Senate but stalled in the House.

Participating in a news conference earlier today at the Florida Press Center were Integrity Florida, the First Amendment Foundation, Common Cause Florida, the Citizens Awareness Foundation and The Tea . . . → Read More: Update: Groups call on lawmakers to pass ethics, open-government bills

Ethics bills languishing in Florida Legislature

ORLANDO SENTINEL

April 16, 2014

By: Aaron Deslatte, Tallahassee Bureau Chief

TALLAHASSEE — A year after passing sweeping reforms on political lobbying and conflicts-of-interests, proposals to impose even stronger ethical requirements on politicians are languishing in the Florida Legislature.

An eclectic group of organizations, including the First Amendment Foundation, Common Cause and the Tea Party Network, held a press conference Wednesday to urge . . . → Read More: Ethics bills languishing in Florida Legislature

EDC appeals ruling in Ellis-records fight

FLORIDA TODAY

April 16, 2014

By: Wayne Price, Brevard

ROCKLEDGE – The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast is continuing its battle keep some of its records off limits to the Brevard County Clerk of Courts.

“As this is a complex case that deserves a thorough due diligence process, the EDC’s board of directors has determined we will exercise our . . . → Read More: EDC appeals ruling in Ellis-records fight