Daytona Beach News-Journal: Court to rule on public’s right to speak

BY JAY STAPLETON

DAYTONA BEACH — Two years ago, a civil rights legend with deep roots in Central Florida was not permitted to speak at a public hearing about a water treatment plant on the St. Johns River.

William Stetson Kennedy, who died earlier this year at the age of 94, wanted to voice his disapproval of the . . . → Read More: Daytona Beach News-Journal: Court to rule on public’s right to speak

Citrus County Chronicle: Transparency resistance troubling

EDITORIAL

A dark cloud hangs over Florida state government these days, threatening the state’s much-heralded Sunshine Laws.

At issue is a request to the State Board of Administration (SBA) by state Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, to release documents concerning an investment into Starboard Value and Opportunity, a hedge find spin-off of Ramius LLC. Ramius’ president, Thomas . . . → Read More: Citrus County Chronicle: Transparency resistance troubling

Orlando Sentinel: State should make incentive data public

BY BETH KASSAB

If Doug Darling, the state’s new “economic opportunity” director, really wants to get aggressive when it comes to holding accountable companies that accept public incentive dollars, there’s an easy way to do it.

Make the information public. A radical idea? No, but it’s one Florida has simply shrugged at for decades.

Read . . . → Read More: Orlando Sentinel: State should make incentive data public

St. Petersburg Times, Miami Herald: Inside Rick Scott’s BlackBerry

BY MICHAEL C. BENDER

TALLAHASSEE — The Governor’s Office released 87 pages of public records Friday showing e-mails Gov. Rick Scott sent and received in the final days of his transition into office that have yet to be made public.

The documents, which the Governor’s Office has had for nearly six months, include about 65 new e-mails beyond . . . → Read More: St. Petersburg Times, Miami Herald: Inside Rick Scott’s BlackBerry

Miami Herald: Scott’s transparency problem

EDITORIAL

For a governor who promised accountability as a candidate, Rick Scott sure  has a lot of explaining to do.

Not once, not twice, but now there has been a third incident involving a “technological mix-up” at the governor’s office that has mysteriously resulted  in emails evaporating into cyberspace.

Like magic — after a public records request.

Florida Department of . . . → Read More: Miami Herald: Scott’s transparency problem

Miami Herald: Bondi calls $10k bill for public records ‘indefensible’

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Attorney General Pam Bondi said it was “indefensible” that the state gave  state Sen. Mike Fasano a  $10,000 estimate for collecting public records regarding Florida pension  investments.

“I’ve lost sleep over this bill,” Bondi told State Board of Administration  Director Ash Williams.

Read . . . → Read More: Miami Herald: Bondi calls $10k bill for public records ‘indefensible’

Times/Herald: Florida Gov. Rick Scott is e-mailing again

BY MICHAEL C. BENDER

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott is e-mailing again.

But this time with a state account.

Scott declined a state e-mail address after he took office, saying he didn’t want to create public records. But on Aug. 1, Scott activated a new account, public records show.

Read . . . → Read More: Times/Herald: Florida Gov. Rick Scott is e-mailing again

Times/Herald: Gov. Rick Scott e-mails ‘cleaned out’ from third source

BY MICHAEL C. BENDER

TALLAHASSEE — E-mails on Gov. Rick Scott’s BlackBerry may have been lost in another technology mix-up inside his office.

Scott and his staff have acknowledged that his account and at least 37 others from his two-month transition — a crucial stretch after Election Day when key hires are made and a first-year policy agenda . . . → Read More: Times/Herald: Gov. Rick Scott e-mails ‘cleaned out’ from third source

St. Petersburg Times: Concealing public business from view

EDITORIAL

Charging a fortune for public records is a clear attempt to evade Florida’s sunshine laws and conceal public business from public view. That seems to be the motivation behind an invoice sent to state Sen. Mike Fasano for more than $10,000 for public records from Ash Williams, executive director of the state agency that manages $145 . . . → Read More: St. Petersburg Times: Concealing public business from view