T-U Editor Frank Denton receives First Amendment award

FIRST COAST NEWS (FCN)

March 18, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The editor of The Florida Times-Union on Tuesday received an award from the Florida First Amendment Foundation for fighting for open government through litigation.

Frank Denton was on hand to receive the James C. Adkins/Sunshine Litigation Award at the Governor’s Club during Sunshine Week celebrations. Denton received the award for three . . . → Read More: T-U Editor Frank Denton receives First Amendment award

PRESS RELEASE: First Amendment Foundation releases report card on local government transparency

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For Release: Sunday, March 16, 2014
Contact: Barbara Petersen, 850.224.4555
 or sunshine@floridafaf.org

First Amendment Foundation releases report card on local government transparency

Websites created by Florida’s cities and counties to provide citizens with information frequently fail to provide fundamental facts about the costs and consequences of decisions by those governments, a survey conducted by the First Amendment Foundation for . . . → Read More: PRESS RELEASE: First Amendment Foundation releases report card on local government transparency

Latvala bill shielding taxpayer email addresses draws concern

Tampa Bay Times     Jan. 13, 2014

Steve Bousquet, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau

 

Pointing to a potential “slippery slope,” an open-government group Monday requested that a Pinellas lawmaker withdraw a bill that would create a new public records exemption for email addresses used by tax collectors to send notices to taxpayers.

From The News Service of Florida: The Senate . . . → Read More: Latvala bill shielding taxpayer email addresses draws concern

Sunshine Law violation shows need for legal certainty

BY BRADENTON HERALD EDITORIAL

January 8, 2014

Even the most well intended government negotiations can run afoul of Florida’s tough Sunshine Law, as the city of Jacksonville discovered in a court ruling last week.

A circuit court judge found the city guilty of breaking open-government laws over private talks on proposed changes in police and firefighter pensions. The defendants . . . → Read More: Sunshine Law violation shows need for legal certainty

Frank Denton: Fighting for Florida sunshine

The Florida Times-Union

Fri, Jan 3, 2014

 

 

In a coffee shop on the afternoon of New Year’s Eve, I interviewed a young woman who fled Iraq and came to Jacksonville for freedom and safety, finding a sanctuary for her family in a nation that is defined by the rule of law.

Then, on my way back to the office, . . . → Read More: Frank Denton: Fighting for Florida sunshine

Florida in brief: Record number of background checks on gun buys nears 1 million

The Palm Beach Post

Monday, Dec. 16, 2013

 

TALLAHASSEE —

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says it is on target to conduct nearly 1 million background checks this year on private firearm purchases. The projection comes as the department is reporting a record number of reviews conducted over the Thanksgiving weekend that typically kicks off the year-end holiday . . . → Read More: Florida in brief: Record number of background checks on gun buys nears 1 million

Sarasota Mayor Shannon Snyder says Police Chief Bernadette DiPino violated Sunshine Law

10 News / WTSP.com

By: Isabel Mascarenas  Dec 12, 2013

 

Sarasota, Florida — The City of Sarasota is all too familiar with Sunshine Law violations. There have been three lawsuits this year alone and city officials estimate spending close to $100,000 in legalfees and settlements in taxpayer dollars so far.

Mayor Shannon Snyder says he expects another Sunshine Law violation and that this . . . → Read More: Sarasota Mayor Shannon Snyder says Police Chief Bernadette DiPino violated Sunshine Law

The sunshine session

It was standing room only for a Sarasota City Commission hearing Feb. 19 on plans to build a Walmart at the Ringling Shopping Center. Florida’s Sunshine Laws protect public access to official meetings and records.STAFF PHOTO / THOMAS BENDER

 

Herald-Tribune

Published: Tuesday, July 9, 2013

 

When Barbara Petersen says this year’s legislative session was “a good session for . . . → Read More: The sunshine session

Did St. Pete Beach Violate Sunshine Law With Closed-Door Meetings?

Pinellasbeaches.patch.com

Posted by Linda Hersey (Editor), July 8, 2013

 

A lawsuit over the St. Pete Beach City Commission’s closed-door development rules meetings will be heard by the 2nd District Court of Appeal.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that the issue is whether city commissioners were breaking Florida’s Sunshine Law when they held private meetings with St. Pete Beach legal counsel in 2011.

In April 2012, the . . . → Read More: Did St. Pete Beach Violate Sunshine Law With Closed-Door Meetings?

Audit: Donegan’s office improperly searched foe’s records

By David Damron, Orlando Sentinel

5:00 p.m. EDT, May 30, 2013

 

Former Orange County Property Appraiser Bill Donegan’s office improperly used a public record database to look up information on political opponent Rick Singh, an audit by Comptroller Martha Haynie has found.

The review looked at how the Property Appraiser’s Office used the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ . . . → Read More: Audit: Donegan’s office improperly searched foe’s records