Facebook, other social media hot topic at Collier library meeting

Daily News Correspondent

 

Social media remains a hot topic, especially for librarians.

The Collier County Library Advisory Board met last week to discuss Sunshine and public records laws and how they pertain to social media and new e-book checkouts.

Assistant County Attorney Colleen Greene answered board members’ questions at their meeting Wednesday at the Collier libraries headquarters, 2385 Orange . . . → Read More: Facebook, other social media hot topic at Collier library meeting

Phil Lewis: Forecast for Sunshine in Tallahassee

On occasion in Tallahassee, bills are introduced in the State Legislature to amend Florida’s Sunshine Law.

Usually that’s cause for alarm among those who believe ardently in open government and the public’s right to know.

That’s not the case with Senate Bill 206, which is making its way to a vote during the 2012 session. Each step forward . . . → Read More: Phil Lewis: Forecast for Sunshine in Tallahassee

Naples Daily News: Fighting for more open records in Florida

EDITORIAL

Gaetz, of Niceville, near Pensacola in the Panhandle, is laying his power on the line to make an important point.

That point is that emails are public records, just like paper files, and they are to be protected and stored for public inspection — even during transitions of power from one governor to the next.

Gaetz’s legislation to . . . → Read More: Naples Daily News: Fighting for more open records in Florida

Naples Daily News: Clerk’s role as ‘public trustee’

Guest Commentary 

BY DWIGHT E. BROCK, Clerk of the Circuit Court Collier County

The Constitution of Florida defines the role of the Clerk of the Circuit Court as “Ex-Officio Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, Auditor, Recorder and Custodian of all County Funds”.

In addition, provisions of the Florida Constitution establish the clerk as an elected “public trustee” . . . → Read More: Naples Daily News: Clerk’s role as ‘public trustee’

Naples Daily News: Marines’ ‘free press’ tradition marches on

BY PHIL LEWIS

When a fellow named Mike Trephan came to me eight years back with the idea of having the local Marine Corps League sponsor an “Honor the Free Press Day,” I was all for it, yet a bit skeptical.

Trephan’s plan called for a day of observance each year in Naples featuring a noted American who . . . → Read More: Naples Daily News: Marines’ ‘free press’ tradition marches on

Naples Daily News: Naples activist drops lawsuit against Collier Commission claiming Sunshine Law violation for Jackson Lab tour

BY LIZ FREEMAN

COLLIER COUNTY — A Naples man has dropped his lawsuit against the Collier County Commission which argued a Sunshine Law violation occurred when two commissioners traveled to Maine last summer to tour Jackson Laboratory.

The lawsuit was filed by John Lundin, who said the commission violated the public meetings law when it allowed Commissioners Donna Fiala . . . → Read More: Naples Daily News: Naples activist drops lawsuit against Collier Commission claiming Sunshine Law violation for Jackson Lab tour