Opinion: Are we slaves to government secrecy?

Submitted by LDieringer on Tue, 11/11/2014 - 10:34am

Tuesday, the people of St. Augustine elected Nancy Shaver as Mayor, empowered by a decade of disclosures about our flawed city government.

We owe this election to the 3.8 million Florida voters who enacted Article I, Section 24 of our Florida Constitution on Nov. 3, 1992 (83 percent of the vote), enshrining our Florida Sunshine laws. Those laws are still too-often disrespected, but are arguably stronger than our federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). Our Department of the Interior flouts FACA in implementing the federal St. Augustine 450th Commemoration Commission, unconvincingly claimed to be an “operating committee,” not an advisory committee. That Commission meets at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 15, 2014, at the Casa Monica Hotel.

I have requested to open the meeting under FACA and speak about the proposed St. Augustine National Historical Park and National Seashore. Continue>>>