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

Miami Herald: Gov. Scott’s public records chief leaving to run for Martin County clerk

Carolyn Timmann, the head of Gov. Rick Scott’s very busy Office  of Open Government, is leaving to run for clerk of Martin Circuit Court. Timmann has had many a fire, literally and figuratively, to handle  during her year in Scott’s administration. (She was the first to smell  smoke from the cigar-sparked trash can fire in Lt. . . . → Read More: Miami Herald: Gov. Scott’s public records chief leaving to run for Martin County clerk

Miami Herald: Request for video of bus driver’s shooting death denied

BY TODD RUGER

SARASOTA COUNTY – Detectives in the James Brotherton killing last month got a copy of an amazing piece of evidence: a video of the Port Charlotte man getting shot outside the Gulf Gate Library.

That usually means the public will be able to see the video, because it is a key part of the evidence . . . → Read More: Miami Herald: Request for video of bus driver’s shooting death denied

Daytona Beach News-Journal: State attorney to host Sunshine Law seminar

STAFF REPORT

State Attorney R.J. Larizza will co-host a public records and Government in the Sunshine seminar on Friday in St. Augustine.

The seminar, which is free and open to the public, is designed to help people who work in government understand Florida’s public records law. The purpose, organizers said, is to help “avoid unintended violations” of the . . . → Read More: Daytona Beach News-Journal: State attorney to host Sunshine Law seminar

Sun Sentinel: Former editor Earl Maucker enters political arena

BY ANTHONY MAN

Former Sun Sentinel editor Earl Maucker, who served as an appointed Lighthouse Point commissioner early this year, must have liked his couple of months as a government official.

Maucker said Tuesday he’s running for a full term on the Lighthouse Point City Commission. He was editor of the Sun Sentinel for 16 years before retiring . . . → Read More: Sun Sentinel: Former editor Earl Maucker enters political arena

St. Petersburg Times: Florida senator wants to end secrecy on tax incentives for businesses

BY MICHAEL C. BENDER

TALLAHASSEE — A Republican state senator wants to end secrecy surrounding deals that use tax dollars to lure companies to Florida or that keep existing businesses from leaving.

“Once the deal is signed, all the details should be open to the public,” said Nancy Detert, R-Venice, chairwoman of the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee.

The . . . → Read More: St. Petersburg Times: Florida senator wants to end secrecy on tax incentives for businesses

St. Petersburg Times: A new name that fits the Times

BY PAUL TASH
Times Chairman and CEO

Since I started here as a reporter in 1978, I have answered my phone with some version of “St. Pete Times.” I will need to learn a new habit.

Starting Jan. 1, this newspaper will become the Tampa Bay Times. The new name reflects the growth of our newspaper and our vision . . . → Read More: St. Petersburg Times: A new name that fits the Times

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