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Florida Public Records and Sunshine Law Seminar

2012 Florida Public Records and Sunshine Law Seminar John A. Crawford, Nassau County Clerk of the Circuit Court, will host a Florida Public Records and Sunshine Law Seminar on Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at the Nassau County Judicial Annex in Yulee, Florida.   Barbara A. Petersen, President of the First Amendment Foundation, will share her knowledge and experience regarding…
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Autonomy is a must for effective civilian review

March 18, 2012 Last August, when Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings finally convened his Citizens Advisory Committee, he declared: “We have asked you to do a bit of very, very serious business for Orange County.” An understatement. After all, the committee was conceived in the wake of community blow-back in the controversial Torey Breedlove case.…
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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…
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Open-government advocates celebrate ‘Sunshine Week’

10:50 p.m. EST, March 10, 2012|By Anika Myers Palm, Orlando Sentinel Laura Williams’ interest in public records was born of tremendous personal tragedy: In 1996, her then-husband, who had abused her, killed both their 2-year-old daughter and himself. In the years that followed, she joined groups that helped domestic-violence victims. And in 2007, she began…
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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. YourNews This story is contributed by a member of the Treasure Coast community and is neither endorsed nor affiliated with TCPalm.com Contribute your own story FORT PIERCE — The St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners was one of seven county…
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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.…
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Guest: Open government is at risk

By MICHAEL BARFIELD Published: Friday, March 16, 2012 at 1:00 a.m. Last Modified: Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 7:14 p.m. James Madison, the founding father of our open-government laws, once emphasized the importance of citizens having the ability to be informed: “A popular government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but…
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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…
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Florida Supreme Court Ruling: Sunshine in Lakeland District

Published: Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 12:01 a.m. Last Modified: Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 11:37 p.m. Two substantial events took place in Tallahassee on Friday: completion of the Florida Legislature’s annual 60-day session — scheduled two months early this year to provide time for the Florida Supreme Court to rule on new voting districts…
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5 Florida records sites you can use

•Curious about what’s behind that latest city-council action? Emails received and sent by public officials, such as mayors, city council members and state officials, are generally considered public records. Check with the government agency about how to inspect or get copies of messages. •Want to know whether your friend has a history of speeding tickets before planning…
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