Friends of the First Amendment

The Pete Weitzel/Friends of the First Amendment Award

In recognition of Pete Weitzel, founder of the First Amendment Foundation and former senior editor of the Miami Herald, the Foundation annually recognizes one outstanding individual who has made significant contribution to the fostering of open government in Florida. Eligibility is not limited to members of the press, but is open to anyone… government officials, public employees, and private citizens. The award presentation takes place during the annual meeting of the Florida Press Association and Florida Society of Newspaper Editors.

2015

Stew Lilker
Columbia County Observer

2015

Barbara Lemley

2014

George Gabel
Holland & Knight

2013

Joe Negron
The Florida Senate

2012

Mike Fasano
The Florida Senate

2011

Sanford City Commission
Sanford, Florida

2011

Lake Helen City Commission
Lake Helen, Florida

2010

Paula Dockery
The Florida Senate

2009

Pat Gleason
Executive Office of the Governor

2008

Dan Gelber
The Florida House of Representatives

2007

Charlie Crist
Florida Governor

2006

Talbot “Sandy” D’Alemberte
President Emeritus and Professor,
Florida State University College of Law

2005

Charlie Crist
Florida Attorney General

2004

Representative Doug Wiles
House Democratic Caucus, Chair

2003

John Carassas
The Florida House of Representatives

2002

Frederick C. Brummer
The Florida House of Representatives

2001

Locke Burt
The Florida Senate

2000

Toni Jennings
President, The Florida Senate

1999

Bob Butterworth
Attorney General

1998

Gerald Kogan
Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court

1997

Toni Jennings
President, The Florida Senate

1996

Jim Scott
President, The Florida Senate

1995

Peter Rudy Wallace
Speaker, The Florida House of Representatives

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