August 24, 2016 – Eye on Miami
The stone-cold, deaf media relations department of the South Florida Water Management is at it again: this time it is using taxpayer dollars to poke at public information act requests under Florida’s Sunshine Law.
Here is the latest, from yesterday, suggesting that anyone’s email address is at risk from the disclosure of the District’s email list to a pro-Everglades lawyer. Not only that, District staff released the name of the requester — presumably to their entire list. What is the purpose, except pettiness, spite, and insult.
I can’t think of a worse use of taxpayer money than encouraging District staff to act like peeved propagandists in Russia. But there you have it. The Rick Scott Way.
Public records are public records. Like its recent “Just The Facts” missives, the latest jab from the SFWMD against environmentalists comes from the top. From Gov. Rick Scott through his personal attorney who is now director of the district, Pete Antonacci.
There is another term for this pathetic display: the con game of a bully.
When top Republican officials from Florida — Rick Scott, Ag. Secretary Adam Putnam, and so many others — were ferried by private jet to the King Ranch in Texas before the 2014 election cycle (the King Ranch is not only one of the District’s regulated entities, its Florida chief is on the board of the District!), Florida’s GOP bigwigs objected to disclosing what they discussed over concerns for their privacy. Adam Putnam slammed a door in a reporter’s face. [READ MORE]