Letter: Port St. Lucie council politics plays out in handling of Taylor incident

Gary Palmese, Port St. Lucie

Letter: Council politics plays out in handling of Taylor incident

After reading the March 8 letters regarding Gabrielle Taylor’s alleged DUI incident, I happen to agree with Chuck Johnson and Police Chief Brian Reuther‘s reply. It is the discretion of the police officer as to what follows.

Inasmuch as I’m not sticking up for Taylor, . . . → Read More: Letter: Port St. Lucie council politics plays out in handling of Taylor incident

St. Lucie County’s website earns A+ rating for transparency

Erick Gill
Posted March 13, 2012 at 2:47 p.m., updated March 13, 2012 at 2:47 p.m.

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FORT PIERCE — The St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners was one of seven county governments in Florida to be recognized . . . → Read More: St. Lucie County’s website earns A+ rating for transparency

Editorial: Government transparency critical to public understanding and official accountability on Treasure Coast

By Editorial Board
Posted March 11, 2012 at 5 a.m.

A key to an effective democracy is public understanding and involvement in the actions taken by elected and appointed government officials as representatives of the citizenry.

That demands that records and meetings associated with governmental actions be open and accessible to all members of the public.

But, too often, those in . . . → Read More: Editorial: Government transparency critical to public understanding and official accountability on Treasure Coast

Negron bill guaranteeing right to speak at public meetings dies in House

Government officials still won’t have a legal obligation to hear from the public at open meetings after Sen. Joe Negron‘s right-to-speak proposal died in the Legislature this year.

For the second consecutive year, a push to require officials to allow public comment at most open meetings has come up short. Negron’s bill, SB 206, passed through the Senate . . . → Read More: Negron bill guaranteeing right to speak at public meetings dies in House

Letter: Above-the-law attitude characteristic of Port St. Lucie regime

Joe Edge, Port St. Lucie

Letter: Above-the-law attitude characteristic of Port St. Lucie regime

Leadership. It’s what Port St. Lucie desperately needs and has yet to find. With the changes in the upper management over the past few years — city manager, mayor and police chief — one would have thought that residents would have realized a change . . . → Read More: Letter: Above-the-law attitude characteristic of Port St. Lucie regime

St. Lucie Public Schools web site earns national award for transparency

FORT PIERCE — St. Lucie Public Schools is one of only 13 public school districts in Florida to be recognized as providing one of the most transparent websites in the nation by the editors of Sunshine Review, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to government transparency, with their third annual Sunny Awards.

The award, which honors the most transparent . . . → Read More: St. Lucie Public Schools web site earns national award for transparency

Letter: Term limits best way to deal with unaccountable Florida lawmakers

Pat Phoenix, Jensen Beach

Letter: Term limits best way to deal with unaccountable Florida lawmakers

Thanks to Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, for his efforts to bring insurance payments by elected offices more in line with what the real world has to fork over.

What angers me, beside his bill being voted down, is that the vote was taken by a . . . → Read More: Letter: Term limits best way to deal with unaccountable Florida lawmakers

City seeks volunteers for Planning and Zoning Board

The city of Port St. Lucie is accepting applications for two voluntary positions on the Planning and Zoning Board.

Applicants must have been residents of the city for at least one year. Members serve on a voluntary basis and are subject to the provisions of the Florida Sunshine Law, which requires board members to file a Statement . . . → Read More: City seeks volunteers for Planning and Zoning Board

Florida Senate approves Negron bill clarifying public’s right to comment in meetings

TALLAHASSEE — The state Senate unanimously agreed Tuesday that under Florida law, public meeting attendees should have a fair shot to voice their opinions.

Sen. Joe Negron‘s SB 206, which cleared the Senate 40-0 without debate or drama, would give the public the “reasonable” right to testify during most public meetings.

Without Negron’s bill, there technically isn’t a . . . → Read More: Florida Senate approves Negron bill clarifying public’s right to comment in meetings

Editorial: Port St. Lucie Police Department wrong to withhold public document

It’s taken for granted that a law enforcement agency is careful not to violate laws itself. Such an assumption, though, doesn’t seem to hold true in the case of the Port St. Lucie Police Department and its (mis)handling of public records.

City residents should be outraged at department leaders’ continued failure to be transparent. Open records laws . . . → Read More: Editorial: Port St. Lucie Police Department wrong to withhold public document