Each year, the First Amendment Foundation holds its annual Sunshine luncheon to highlight the importance of open government in Florida. This year the luncheon was held March 17, at the Governor’s Club in Tallahassee, from 11:45 am to 1:30 pm.
The Sunshine Luncheon also honors past and present winners of the Pete Weitzel/Friend of the First Amendment Award which recognizes an outstanding individual who has made a significant contribution to the fostering of open government in Florida. The 2014 winner of the award is George Gabel of Holland & Knight for his unwavering support of Florida’s Sunshine and Public Records Laws.
The Pete Weitzel/Friend of the First Amendment Award was created in 1995 to recognize the significant contribution made by Pete Weitzel, former managing editor of The Miami Herald, and founder and past president of the First Amendment Foundation, in the area of open government. The Award is given annually to someone in Florida who has made a significant contribution to the cause of furthering open government. Past recipients of the award can be found on the Foundation’s website, www.floridafaf.org.
Thank you to everyone that made this year’s luncheon a huge success!