Across the state officials are under the gun for handling of public records

Martin County commissioners could bet removed from office by Gov. Rick Scott


Two county commissioners who were charged Tuesday could find themselves removed from office by Gov. Rick Scott.

Commissioners Ed Fielding and Sarah Heard, as well as former commissioner Anne Scott, have been charged with violations of state public-records law. Continue reading…


Tallahassee Democrat sues over deleted texts


After weeks of negotiating with the city’s attorneys, the Tallahassee Democrat today filed a lawsuit to compel the city of Tallahassee to admit it violated state public records law and guarantee the future preservation of all text messages on the cell phones of employees and elected officials. Continue reading…


Email communication from Utility Commission Chair and Vice Chair prompts caution from City Attorney

Much like at least two of the Indian River Shores Town Councilmen who appointed Bob Auwaerter to represent the Shores on Vero Beach’s Utilities Commission, Auwaerter seems to believe it is for him to determine what does and does not constitute compliance with Florida’s open government laws. (In April, 2015, Shores Mayor Brian Barefoot and Town Councilman Richard Haverland were fined for Sunshine Law violations. Appearing before Judge David Morgan, Barefoot and Haverland defended themselves on that basis that they are experience and professional, yet were ignorant of the law.) Continue reading…


Shores officials plead no contest to Sunshine Law violations

Indian River Shores Mayor Brian Barefoot and Councilman Richard Haverland pleaded no contest today to charges they engaged in email correspondence in violation of Florida’s open government laws. Both officials were fined $200.

Though a long list of defendants were on the court docket today, Barefoot and Haverland appeared first before the judge.  Both men read lengthy, prepared statements which addressed, not their email correspondences, but the Town’s lawsuit against the City of Vero Beach. Continue reading…

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