South Daytona vice mayor opens email list to avoid dispute

BY RAY WEISS, STAFF WRITER
February 24, 2012 12:05 AM
SOUTH DAYTONA — Rather than test the Sunshine Law, Vice Mayor Nancy Long Thursday decided to release the names of the residents she sent a private “Happy Holidays” email to in December, which included her views on the potential purchase of Florida Power & Light’s electrical distribution system.

Take . . . → Read More: South Daytona vice mayor opens email list to avoid dispute

Bill to exempt county councils from Sunshine Law deferred

by Larry Geller

The House Judiciary Committee today deferred HB2742, the bill that would have exempted county councils from the Sunshine Law.

I was attending a court martial today and could not be at the hearing, but I’m pretty sure that the publicity the bill received from Common Cause tweets, Ian Lind, Civil Beat, this blog and possibly . . . → Read More: Bill to exempt county councils from Sunshine Law deferred

Condo Record Requests – What Do You Have To Hide?

By Jan Bergemann
8:20 a.m. EST, February 24, 2012

FS 718.112(12) states very clearly which association records are public records – and which are not. The statutes even explain in detail the rights of the owners to inspect these records and get copies of the records on demand.

Nevertheless, record requests are most likely the most disputed issues in . . . → Read More: Condo Record Requests – What Do You Have To Hide?

City may require more accountability for funds

February 25, 2012 06:56:27 PM
ALI HELGOTH / News Herald Writer
Twitter: @AHelgoth

PANAMA CITY — This fiscal year, the Panama City Commission budgeted more than $300,000 in grants and monetary aid for local organizations.

Those organizations could soon have to provide the city more information about how they plan to spend the money and meet performance measures in order . . . → Read More: City may require more accountability for funds

Dueling hospital boards mull options

Foundation drops one lawsuit; will focus on getting law overturned
By Mike Wright
Monday, February 20, 2012 at 9:39 pm
Dr. Frank Vascimini, Sound Bites, 02/28/12
INVERNESS — A lawsuit that alleged Sunshine Law violations against Citrus County Hospital Board trustees was dropped Friday as attorneys for opposing Citrus Memorial hospital factions negotiate the conclusion to other legal actions.
Attorneys for . . . → Read More: Dueling hospital boards mull options

Orange County public plaza access under dispute

By David Damron, Orlando Sentinel
3:42 p.m. EST, February 22, 2012

Activists are upset that the grassy courtyard outside the main Orange County Administration building might not be completely open to the public.

When Occupy Orlando members met outside the downtown building Sunday, security guards ordered them off the plaza to sidewalks nearby. Former Democratic Party Chairman Doug Head . . . → Read More: Orange County public plaza access under dispute

‘Big Brotherish’ blunder

By THE PALM BEACH POST
Updated: 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012
Posted: 7:12 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012

Three weeks ago, one of West Palm Beach’s senior planners was accused of violating city rules. Her sin: revealing “confidential city information.”

For this supposed offense, the city planner, Linda Mia Franco, was recommended for termination, and the bid to have . . . → Read More: ‘Big Brotherish’ blunder

Bayou Cane records missing

By Eric Heisig & Nate Monroe

Published: Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 10:57 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 10:57 p.m.

Hundreds of emails have disappeared from the Bayou Cane fire chief’s account, leaving the department unable to satisfy public-information requests, a potential violation of state law.

Charles Long, the embattled chief of the Bayou Cane Fire Department, resigned Monday following . . . → Read More: Bayou Cane records missing

Sheriff should clear the air in Palm Coast case

The death of Palm Coast resident Francoise Pecqueur continues to raise troubling questions about law enforcement in Flagler County.

This newspaper is pursuing answers to those questions, first and foremost, because a woman died under murky circumstances. Three months later, the case remains under investigation, inviting public interest and concern about the outcome. Finally, Flagler County Sheriff . . . → Read More: Sheriff should clear the air in Palm Coast case

Public has a right to know what the sheriff knew, and when

BY PAT RICE, NEWS-JOURNAL EDITOR
 February 19, 2012 12:05 AM

It was near dusk on Nov. 10 when a car struck 76-year-old Palm Coast resident Francoise Pecqueur as she walked with her poodle, Molly, along Columbia Lane.

Pecqueur died two days later.

The driver of the car that struck Pecqueur was Jamesine Fischer, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. She . . . → Read More: Public has a right to know what the sheriff knew, and when