Florida newspaper files lawsuit against Mayor Alvin Brown’s office for failing to release public records

From Jacksonville.com:

The Florida Times-Union has filed a lawsuit against Jacksonville seeking "declaratory relief" from the Circuit Court in obtaining public records from local government officials.



Governor launches a program to push staff emails online

From Miami Herald:

Gov. Rick Scott launched a new open records program Thursday dubbed "Project Sunburst," designed to give the public — and the media — access to the emails to and from the governor and 11 top staff within seven days of writing them.

At a news conference at the Capitol, the governor touted the effort as a great leap forward.


Media companies sue to open records in Zimmerman case

From Tallahassee.com:

A host of media companies, including Gannett Co. Inc., the parent company of the Tallahassee Democrat, and the Florida First Amendment Foundation, have joined forces in an attempt to unseal records in the high-profile George Zimmerman case in Sanford.


NFOIC’s FOI Friday for April 6, 2012

A few open government and FOIA news items selected from many of interest that we might or might not have drawn attention to earlier.

Adkisson ordered to release emails

A state district judge on Thursday ruled that Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson must release messages about public business from his private email account, but the legal battle is far from over.


Sarasota: Expanding the Expectations of Open Government

From Connecting Government Blog:

The City of Sarasota, FL. implemented Granicus solutions six years ago for the purpose of putting all of the City Commission meetings, from Regular to Special and Workshops, online and accessible to the public via the Internet.

Sunshine laws in Florida are some of the most open in the country, and so, in keeping with the laws’ philosophy, the Office of the City Auditor and Clerk has always worked to provide all it can to the citizens.