Below you’ll find links to a number of resources that I’ve found to be invaluable. I hope you will too.
Florida Attorney General’s Government-In-The-Sunshine-Manual (2017 Edition) Without a doubt, this is the most valuable open government resource available for citizens and public officials. The Sunshine-Manual is available free as a searchable PDF. You can also purchase a hardcopy from the Florida First Amendment Foundation.
Florida First Amendment Foundation. The FAF is the premiere open government advocacy organization in Florida. The FAF is a member supported non-profit, which monitors proposed legislation, offers open government training and publishes the Florida Attorney General’s Government-In-The-Sunshine-Manual. Please support the FAF with your membership.
Brechner Center for Freedom of Information (University of Florida). The Brechner Center publishes several useful items. The Brechner Report provides updates to open government issues around Florida. The Prosecutions Database offers a sobering reminder about the seriousness of open government compliance. The Attorney’s Fees Database provides some insight regarding the cost of non-compliance.
Florida Attorney General’s Open Government Mediation Program. The Florida Attorney General offers a free mediation program to assist citizens and public agencies to navigate differences regarding access to public records. The mediation program is relatively informal and, when everyone involved is acting in good faith, it is an alternative to civil litigation.
I am not an attorney. I am not authorized nor am I qualified to give legal advice to members of the public, so I don’t. If you need legal advice, please contact a member of your state Bar Association.