Florida wipes inspections of troubled nursing homes from its website

Miami Herald by Carol Marbin Miller and Caitlin Ostroff November 17, 2017 On a good day, Olga Vasquez would dress up in the morning, apply makeup and stand in the hallway at her Hialeah Gardens nursing home, helping other residents
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Condo owners sue Adams Street Lofts for financial records

Tallahassee Democrat by Jeffrey Schweers November 20, 2017 It’s been months since Anthony Dewees and Lynda Tiefel asked to see the financial records of their condominium association over concerns about maintenance issues, bills being paid late and the association’s reserves
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Florida spent $22,000 to remove online nursing home info from public view

“I’m just stunned,” said Barbara A. Petersen, who is the president of the First Amendment Foundation in Tallahassee, an open-government group. “Government serves the people. They are doing a disservice, and one with potentially grave consequences.” Tampa Bay Times by
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Is there a cost to circumventing public records laws? Martin County learned the hard way

County agrees to pay $12 million for circumventing and destroying records. Tampa Bay Times by Mary Ellen Klas November 16, 2017 Circumventing Florida’s public records law, and destroying public documents, has cost Martin County commissioners more than $12 million —
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Judge OKs release of abuse reports to Tampa Bay Times

Florida Politics by Jim Rosica November 14, 2017 A Tallahassee judge has agreed to the release of Department of Children and Families (DCF) records on home health care abuses to the Tampa Bay Times. Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Gievers last week OK’d an agreement between
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City Council president cracks down on text messaging with mayor’s office

Florida Times-Union by Christopher Hong November 14, 2017 Jacksonville’s City Council president wants to restrict council members from having private conversations through text messages with officials from Mayor Lenny Curry’s office during public meetings, which she says will improve the
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Broward Health: Lawyers, lawyers everywhere and taxpayers to foot the bill

Florida Bulldog by Dan Christensen November 13, 2017 Lawyers for fired Broward Health chief executive Pauline Grant filed a pair of public records requests on the district in May that they believed might shed light on her sudden dismissal last
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City reverses course, will post FBI records on website without $22,000 charge

Tallahassee Democrat by Jeffrey Schweers November 8, 2017 The Tallahassee City Commission voted 4-1 Wednesday to make available for free all public records the city has provided to a federal grand jury in connection with an ongoing public corruption investigation. Mayor Andrew Gillum
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Lawsuit contends Florida governor is flouting disclosure law

Associated Press by Gary Fineout November 9, 2017 A lawsuit filed Wednesday by a Tallahassee attorney contends that Florida Gov. Rick Scott has sidestepped state laws that require him to fully disclose the extent of his vast personal wealth. Don
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