City to pay Times-Union $15,000 in dispute over public record delays


The city of Jacksonville will pay The Florida Times-Union $15,000 to settle a lawsuit over Mayor Alvin Brown’s office’s handling of public records requests.

The newspaper sued the city in June after Brown’s office didn’t fill two public records requests in a timely manner. One had been filed about five weeks before the lawsuit was filed. The second request was made about three weeks before the lawsuit. The city turned over those documents two days after the lawsuit was filed.

If the judge had agreed with the newspaper, the city would have to pay the cost of the newspaper’s legal fees.