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Author: Rachel Kaylor

Request for contributors sets off anger at CMHS

INVERNESS — Citrus Memorial hospital officials are balking at a public records request that demands the names of people who contributed to a $2 million campaign to build a wellness center at the Allen Ridge medical complex. Bill Grant, attorney for the Citrus County Hospital Board of Trustees, sent the request in November demanding not…
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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.…
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ACLU questions FAMU’s band on student groups

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida is criticizing Florida A&M University’s decision to cancel a summer band camp and block students from joining clubs during a hazing investigation. State ACLU executive director Howard Simon says the move violates students’ first amendment rights. He’s made a public records request to school President James…
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Richard White: The less you put in your minutes the better

Q. I continue to enjoy and learn from your weekly column. I recall a recent column which reviewed the requirements for board minutes of a HOA. I especially appreciated your advice that minutes do not need to include discussion. I am trying to recall whether mandatory inclusion of votes must disclose who voted or only…
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EDITORIAL: Turning sunshine into shadow

Far too many people believe that “government in the sunshine” — specifically, laws requiring that government meetings be open to the public and that government records be available for public inspection — is an arcane idea of interest mainly to activists and news reporters. That’s not true. Everyone benefits when we can see what our…
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SE hospital district files malpractice suit over failed Bert Fish merger

A year after a judge threw out a merger for Bert Fish Medical Center, the Southeast Volusia Hospital District has filed a lawsuit claiming legal malpractice against their former attorney and his law firm. In the 26-page document filed Thursday, Bert Fish and the hospital district asks the court for monetary damages, including $3.4 million…
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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…
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Palm Beach County Health Care District sued by former internal watchdog, who claims retaliation

The former compliance officer for the Palm Beach County Health Care District, RoxAnne Harris, has sued the agency, claiming the district fired her in retaliation for launching an investigation that included the hand­ling of email archive security. The suit comes after the Health Care District board split 3-3 on Jan. 11 on whether to accept…
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SE Volusia hospital board votes to file suit over legal advice on failed merger

NEW SMYRNA BEACH — The Southeast Volusia Hospital District board of commissioners voted unanimously Thursday night to file suit for legal malpractice against the firm of its former attorney for faulty advice he gave about its merger with Adventist Health Systems. That merger became the focus of what some have called the largest violation of…
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Court orders attorney to release public records

DeFUNIAK SPRINGS — Citizen activist Suzanne Harris secured a public records law victory Monday over George Ralph Miller, the former Walton County attorney. Circuit Court Judge Howard LaPorte ruled that Miller, as the county’s legal representative, had intentionally prevented Harris from obtaining records she was entitled to. He gave Miller 48 hours to make good…
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