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Sunshine Law

Jeremy's Notebook

Sunshine Confessional

July 26, 2013

Prior to discussing the sale of the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority’s 19-acre downtown property yesterday, board Chairman Larry Walker took a few minutes to shed light on what he described as a “possible” Sunshine Law violation.…

News Pensacola Politics

The Sunshine Question

May 7, 2012

A Pensacola City Council member has raised the question of Sunshine-law violations. The official is claiming that the state’s open-government laws were violated via electronic communications, or e-mails. “The Sunshine Law violation claim was made by…

BP Disaster

Exclusive: Behind the scenes of BP Suttles visit

June 23, 2010

I missed Doug Suttles, BP’s chief operating officer, yesterday. The visit was a surprise that had Santa Rosa Island Authority and Escambia County officials scrambling most of Monday night. BP wanted to limit media access and…

Escambia County

Beach Master Plan catching heat

March 2, 2010

The SRIA has been working on a new master plan for the commercial core of Pensacola Beach. The buzz is that the SRIA has gotten such a bad response from the general public at the last…


Courthouse buzz: ECCSC and sunshine

February 9, 2010

There is a persistent buzz around the Escambia County Administrative Complex about two members of the Escambia County Consolidation Study Commission, Ken Bell and Rick Harper, may have violated the Florida Sunshine laws when they met…

Escambia County Politics

Why the county has sealed bids

January 14, 2010

Why is the sealed bid process so sacred? Because Escambia County has a history of backroom deals and preferential treatment for certain contractors. It wasn’t that long ago when four county commissioners were removed from office…


What email problem?

October 23, 2009

Having dodged prosecution by the State Attorney’s Office, the Santa Rosa County Commission has passed unanimously a new email policy. According to the Daily News, the new policy mandates that all e-mails commissioners receive be automatically…

Escambia County Politics

Valentino’s response

August 19, 2009

On August 17, Commissioner Valentino’s issued this response to the State Attorney’s reports on the Sunshine Law and public records investigations – read. Gene has chosen to emphasize certain words: BASELESS ALLEGATION — FALSE. The State…


Wood: Hall called about PEDC

May 12, 2009

Just got off the phone with Charles Wood, the senior vice president for economic development for the Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. On April 28, at approximately 3:30 p.m., Wood received a phone call from…


Did Hall and Valentino violate Sunshine Laws?

May 12, 2009

Did Councilman Sam Hall and Commissioner Gene Valentino violate Florida Sunshine Laws? Hall and Valentino both serve on the Pensacola-Escambia Economic Development Commission (PEDC). Valentino is the chairman, Hall vice-chair. According to Commissioner Valentino’s appointment calendar,…

Good work by PNJ

September 13, 2008

The daily newspaper did a good job of researching the Florida Sunshine Law and found three court cases on public input at meetings. As part of its agreement with the City of Pensacola, the CMPA agreed…