Tuesday, May 2, 2017

DIB Reminder Regarding Sunshine Law and Citizen's Recording Meetings

Public Meetings

If you attend a public meeting (i.e., a meeting of a governmental body required to be open to the public by law) in Florida, generally you are permitted to use sound or video recording devices, so long as your recording does not disrupt the meeting.

1. Sound recordings allowed.
Members of the public attending a meeting open pursuant to section 286.011 may make a sound recording of such meeting. See Op. Att’y Gen. Fla. 77-122 (1977) (any rule prohibiting the use of silent or non-disruptive tape recording devices is unreasonable and arbitrary and is, accordingly, invalid, thus fire control district may not prohibit a citizen from tape recording public meetings).


Anonymous said...

I believe it was Curt Morse that said recording the meeting would be inappropriate.

Anonymous said...

In this day and age all public meetings should be expected to be recorded by all in attendance. Cell phones or other devices have made the option so easy, that not to record shows a wanton desire not to preserve the conversation. Like it or not, public business needs to be done in public and preserved. The new planned "downtown alliance" which rumor has is being constructed to allow businesses not a part of downtown to be hit up for funds will give the participants an ability to have their private meetings, bringing demands to the public meting after vetting in private. Cosy that tax dollars are paying for staff to develop this group!!

Greedy, greedy people do not realize that their little alcoholic fiefdom is not what is driving Pensacola growth. They are old elite looking for bond money and corporate sponsors for their vision of the week! Heard they gave the director a positive review with no redress for Vinyl debacle and inappropriate process used to try to clean it up. Nothing has changed in the GOB world; new face, same game. Tax EDates freely given mean that growth is not paying for itself, so gotta raid city, county and regional coffers to keep them going. And no need to take responsibility for damaging private citizen car by illegal towing, screw the outsider, she should have known better.Ugh the ugly side of FL!!