Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Facebook complicated for public officials

BY CARRIE WELLS

Public officials might have more to worry about with Facebook than just an embarrassing picture from college resurfacing.

Seemingly innocuous posts could become minefields of litigation under Florida’s tough public records laws, which require everything on an elected official’s or government’s page to be carefully catalogued. If elected officials are caught chatting about anything which . . . → Read More: Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Facebook complicated for public officials

Tampa Bay Times: Scott names new public records director

BY TIMES STAFF

Bonnie Hazelton, director of the Office of the Ombudsman and Public Services, will take over as director of Gov. Rick Scott’s Office of Open Government, Scott’s office announced today. Current director, Carolyn Timmann, is leaving to run for clerk of Martin County Court.

The move is one of several announced today, including replacing Karen Giorno . . . → Read More: Tampa Bay Times: Scott names new public records director

Times-Union: Jacksonville man who won public records lawsuit must pay legal bills, judge says

BY STEVE PATTERSON

A Jacksonville man who sued a city pension fund over public records violations isn’t entitled to recover the more than $30,000 he spent on  legal fees, a judge has ruled.

Circuit Judge James H. Daniel ruled last week that Curtis Lee was entitled to $1,245 for other expenses he faced suing the Jacksonville Police  and Fire Pension . . . → Read More: Times-Union: Jacksonville man who won public records lawsuit must pay legal bills, judge says