PCB votes down public comment misdemeanors

Panama City News Herald by John Henderson September 14, 2017 People who live outside the city limits will not be able to speak during the open comment period of Beach council meetings, but they also won’t be subject to going
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Does Gov. Rick Scott’s tight control of information matter in an emergency?

Miami Herald by Mary Ellen Klas, Steve Bousquet, and Kristin M. Clark September 12, 2017 Floridians aren’t just facing a traffic bottleneck as they attempt to return home after mandatory evacuations from the storm, they are also facing an information juggernaut
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Support Speaker Corcoran’s crusade for transparency in tourist agencies

Orlando Sentinel by Barbara Petersen, Guest Columnist August 31, 2017 One of the big controversies swirling around Tallahassee during the 2017 legislative session centered on House Speaker Richard Corcoran’s vow to slash funding for Visit Florida, the statewide tourism council. Corcoran
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Public or private? Sabatini’s Facebook posts draw scrutiny

The Daily Commercial by Roxanne Brown August 29, 2017 Eustis City Commissioner Anthony Sabatini, who recently caused a stir by offering Eustis as a home for unwanted Confederate monuments, now is drawing fire from some city residents for deleting their
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First Amendment Foundation backing Richard Corcoran on transparency

Saint Petersblog by Jim Rosica August 29, 2017 The Tallahassee-based First Amendment Foundation, the state’s public records and open meetings watchdog, says it is supporting House Speaker Richard Corcoran’s “efforts on (tourism money) transparency and accountability.” In a letter to Corcoran sent Tuesday by
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Cloud cover at Hillsborough School Board committee meeting

Tampa Bay Times by Marlene Sokol August 28, 2017 In the midst of a tense budget season, the Hillsborough County School Board’s finance committee met last week. No prior notice of the meeting was given to the media or public.
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It’s called a public record for a reason

Panama City News Herald Editorial August 22, 2017 A public record by any other name still is a public record. But public records requests aren’t always simple. There are caveats to protect private information, such as Social Security numbers. There
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Fort Myers pays outside lawyer to keep corruption documents closed to public

A scathing 72-page report released Wednesday outlines a toxic culture within the Fort Myers Police Department. The News-Press by Cody Dulaney August 21, 2017 The city of Fort Myers is paying an outside lawyer $220 an hour to help keep
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Experts split on cost of PCB public records

One First Amendment expert called the bills “a barrier to the public’s right of access,” while another said the costs are substantiated. Panama City News Herald by John Henderson August 18, 2017 Experts on public records law are split on
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