01/16/16 – News Release
Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal on Friday sided with Watchdog City journalist Gina Edwards, who successfully sued Clerk of Courts Dwight Brock in a public records lawsuit that challenged high fees Brock charged her for electronic public records.
Brock appealed after Edwards won favorable rulings two times in the trial court —including after a June 2014 trial demanded by Brock. Brock charged Edwards $350 for 350 pages of electronic copies of emails. Collier Circuit Judge Fred Hardt ruled that Brock could only charge Edwards $1, the cost of the CD. Hardt ruled that Brock could charge Edwards up to $206 for a 206-page audit policy manual, which Brock’s Finance Director testified only existed in paper format when Edwards requested it. [Read More]