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Tag: Public Records

‘Big Brotherish’ blunder

By THE PALM BEACH POST Updated: 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 Posted: 7:12 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 Three weeks ago, one of West Palm Beach’s senior planners was accused of violating city rules. Her sin: revealing “confidential city information.” For this supposed offense, the city planner, Linda Mia Franco, was recommended for termination,…
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Bayou Cane records missing

By Eric Heisig & Nate Monroe Published: Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 10:57 p.m. Last Modified: Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 10:57 p.m. Hundreds of emails have disappeared from the Bayou Cane fire chief’s account, leaving the department unable to satisfy public-information requests, a potential violation of state law. Charles Long, the embattled chief of the Bayou Cane…
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Sheriff should clear the air in Palm Coast case

The death of Palm Coast resident Francoise Pecqueur continues to raise troubling questions about law enforcement in Flagler County. This newspaper is pursuing answers to those questions, first and foremost, because a woman died under murky circumstances. Three months later, the case remains under investigation, inviting public interest and concern about the outcome. Finally, Flagler…
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Public has a right to know what the sheriff knew, and when

BY PAT RICE, NEWS-JOURNAL EDITOR  February 19, 2012 12:05 AM It was near dusk on Nov. 10 when a car struck 76-year-old Palm Coast resident Francoise Pecqueur as she walked with her poodle, Molly, along Columbia Lane. Pecqueur died two days later. The driver of the car that struck Pecqueur was Jamesine Fischer, according to…
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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…
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Lawmakers vote to shield themselves from questions

By Aaron Deslatte, Tallahassee Bureau Chief10:48 p.m. EST, February 16, 2012 TALLAHASSEE – A House committee voted Thursday for a bill that would shield legislators and their staffs from ever being required to testify or produce public records when they get sued. The Republican-controlled Legislature’s proposal to grant itself what’s called “absolute privilege” in any civil suit…
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Editorial: Open government legislation in Florida Legislature good step, but does not go far enough

Legislation pending in the Florida Legislature helps clarify responsibilities of some, though not all elected officials Legislation pending in the Florida Legislature goes a long way in establishing when elected officials must comply with the state’s open meetings and public records laws. But, at least for the current session of the Legislature, the improvements don’t…
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Freedom of Information Act Portal Would Boost Responsiveness, Improve Efficiency

An interagency project underway could revolutionize implementation of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and significantly improve transparency and efficiency. The project to develop a government-wide portal for FOIA requests, a goal long supported by the open government community, could deliver as soon as this fall. Background Under FOIA, federal agencies respond to public requests…
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Much information about voters is matter of public record under Florida laws

Sandra Senger of Fort Myers used some of the strongest language in her vocabulary. “Holy Toledo!” she exclaimed. Sandy was reacting when I told her that it was legal for Florida elections officials to give information about voters to political campaign staffs — stuff like our names and addresses, what party we are registered to,…
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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…
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