Taxpayers pay price when officials operate in the shadows

TC Palm Editorial November 16, 2017 There is no positive spin on Martin County’s resolution of the Lake Point lawsuit. None. However, that didn’t stop the county’s media department from attempting to cast the settlement in a positive light. The headline splashed
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Water district exempts panel from Sunshine Law, allows members to talk outside meetings

TC Palm by Lucas Daprille November 14, 2017 The South Florida Water Management District has changed an advisory commission to an “analysis coalition” so it doesn’t have to follow the state’s Sunshine Law. The district rewrote the Water Resources Advisory Commission’s charter
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South Florida Water Management District emails show U.S. Sugar Corp. lobbyist’s influence

TC Palm by Lucas Daprile August 30, 2017 CHANGING COURSE TCPalm obtained hundreds of South Florida Water Management District emails, Outlook calendar meeting invitations and various other internal documents to shed light on a U.S. Sugar Corp. lobbyist’s influence over the agency’s water
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Did panel members’ Facebook chat about reservoir break Florida Sunshine law?

TC Palm by Tyler Treadway May 19, 2017 Facebook conversations about a proposed Lake Okeechobee reservoir appears to violate Florida’s sunshine laws because it involved three members of a South Florida Water Management District advisory board, according to the First Amendment
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State agency plays bully when it doesn’t get its way in Florida

August 27, 2016 – Tampa Bay Times by John Romano Here’s an interesting story about a government agency in action. And depending on your point of view, that action could be described as either playing hardball or crossing the line
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Court Sides with Consultant in Public Records Dispute

May 25, 2016 – The News Service of Florida An appeals court Wednesday rejected arguments that a consultant to the South Florida Water Management District should have to pay attorney’s fees for an organization that filed a public-records lawsuit. The
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