Obtaining Florida elected officials’ texts can be tricky — and costly

Correspondence related to public business by elected officials is public record. All of it. That means "snail mail," faxes and emails.

But muddying the public records law process is perhaps the most popular, quickest and often most creative way people communicate — text messages.

By Florida law, texts are public records, whether sent or received on a county-issued communication device or on a personal one paid for by the elected official. Public officials must archive the correspondence and turn it over on demand. Continue…