Despite a bitter cold over the last few days, today still marks the beginning of Sunshine Week, a time for recognizing organizations that help foster open access to the activities and processes of an extremely complex American government. And while “Sunshine Week” may seem like a purely Florida thing, it’s actually nationwide, with today representing Freedom of Information Day through the American Libraries Association. What many in Florida may not realize is just how much access they really do have to the ongoing decisions of their state.
In 1995, the Florida Congress passed a Sunshine Law which guaranteed the public would have access to the public records of government bodies in Florida. According to the law, anyone in Florida can place a request, with or without a stated purpose, for public documents. There is even a 368-page Government in the Sunshine Manual that states the following:
In our state, transparency is not up to the whim or grace of public officials. Instead, it is an enforceable right of the people.
The more you know of the law and of your government, the more you can help advocate for those who need it. And that’s exactly what we do.
If you or someone you know have been the victim of personal injury or a motor vehicle accident, please contact the law offices of Beers and Gordon P.A. for a free consultation. Our firm serves all of Seminole, Orange, Volusia, Lake, and Brevard counties, including Oviedo, Winter Springs, Altamonte Springs, Sanford, Longwood, Winter Park, Lake Mary, and Greater Orlando. Our attorneys have over 50 years of combined experience ready and willing to go the distance on your case. Call us right away at 407-862-1825.