In recognition of Sunshine Week, March 15-21, 2020, The Manatee County Clerk of Court and Comptroller, Angelina “Angel” Colonneso, is honoring Florida’s commitment to government in the sunshine. Clerks play an important role in providing access to important documents, while also safeguarding confidential information.
Florida has a long history of protecting citizens’ rights to have access to public information. Beginning in 1909 with the Public Records Law and evolving to the Sunshine Law, Florida has long supported providing access and the ability to participate in government. Florida’s Sunshine Laws rank among the strongest in the country, demonstrating the state’s commitment to protecting residents’ rights to remain informed and engaged.
“Our citizens trust that they will be able to access information that they are entitled to, as the law provides,” said, Angelina “Angel” Colonneso, Manatee County Clerk of Court and Comptroller. “We are especially proud that we take this time every year to continue education with our staff on public records laws and create awareness for our citizens.”
In honor of Sunshine Week, Clerk’s office employees will be wearing yellow on Monday, March 16, and staff members have been undergoing annual training on Florida’s Sunshine and Public Records laws.