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Public Records Requests

A Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is required to provide public records as an agency subject to the public records laws in Chapter 119 (the Sunshine Law). According to the Attorney General, the purpose of the Sunshine Law is to afford citizens the ability to see behind the curtain of government and remain involved in the processes that affect their lives.

Sunshine Law violations can result in $500 fine and attorney’s fees and court costs, FS 119.12, 119.10(1)(a).

Recommendations: AFCD recommends that every SWCD adopt a Public Records Request procedure to ensure that SWCD’s are protected by having policies in compliance with the legal requirements set out in the Florida Statutes and case law.

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