Florida court clerks predict delays in civil, traffic filings due to budget cuts

By DARA KAM

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Updated: 1:07 p.m. Saturday, March 17, 2012

Posted: 7:19 p.m. Friday, March 16, 2012T

TALLAHASSEE — If couples are in a hurry to get a divorce, they might want to consider seeking an end to their marriage outside Florida in the coming year.

Divorces are just one of the many types of civil cases that county clerks of courts say will almost certainly be delayed . . . → Read More: Florida court clerks predict delays in civil, traffic filings due to budget cuts

Editorial: Florida lawmaker’s proposal would chip away at review process for large-scale developments

The frontal assault on Florida’s growth-management laws continues in Tallahassee.

Case in point? Senate Bill 1180, authored by Sen. Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton. This flawed piece of legislation portends negative consequences for the review of developments of regional impact if approved by lawmakers and signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott.

Here are some “lowlights” of this proposal. It would:

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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

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

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: Gov. Rick Scott’s original transition e-mails accidentally deleted, state now says

BY MICHAEL C. BENDER

TALLAHASSEE

The e-mail accounts of Rick Scott and most of the governor-elect’s transition team were deleted soon after he took office, potentially erasing public records that state law requires be kept.

Scott’s team acknowledged for the first time this week that the private company providing e-mail service deleted the records as early as mid January, . . . → Read More: St. Petersburg Times: Gov. Rick Scott’s original transition e-mails accidentally deleted, state now says