An article appeared on the cover of The Lakeland Ledger this morning about my on-going battle with the School Board of Polk County regarding the release of emails exchanged between members of the Board. Prominently featured in the article were numerous quotes from Barbara Petersen, President of the First Amendment Foundation.
Rick Rousos, the author of the article, fairly reported the facts of the dispute. As Rousos mentioned in the article I am weighing my legal options and expect to have more news on that shortly.
Essentially the School Board demanded a deposit of almost $700 dollars for the release of about 900 emails. After paying the deposit, the School Board only released about 21 emails (at a cost of more than $30 per page). They have refused to produce redacted copies of the remaining emails in violation of Section 119.07 (1)(d) which states:
“A person who has custody of a public record who asserts that an exemption applies to a part of such record shall redact that portion of the record to which an exemption has been asserted and validly applies, and such person shall produce the remainder of such record for inspection and copying.“
Although the article is rather long, it’s worth the read if you are interested in public records access. I doubt this will be the last article written about the School Board of Polk County and its egregious violations of Florida’s Public Records Act.