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FL: Citizen Guide to Public Records

Every citizen has been granted the constitutional right to inspect or copy any public record with some exemptions in Florida, and the Sunshine Law provides a right of access to government proceedings at both the state and local levels.

Citizen Guide to Public Records and the Sunshine Law in Florida

  • You have the right to inspect and copy public records at any reasonable time, under reasonable conditions, and under the supervision by the custodian of the public records.
  • You have the right to request public records without having to show identification, without saying why you want the records, and without making your request in writing.
  • You have the right to request an estimate for the time and costs involved in producing your public records request.
  • You have the right to ask for a written statement of the statutory basis for denying access to public records.
  • You have the right to be present and unobtrusively record public meetings.

The Attorney General’s Office has also launched the Government Accountability Project (GAP), with the objective of encouraging state and local government entities to be proactive in providing Florida citizens the information and records they need to hold government accountable.

For more information regarding Florida Public Records and the Sunshine Law, contact the Attorney General’s Open Government Mediation Program.

Michael Gold

St Augustine native, Michael Gold, is editor at Historic City News. He is an advocate for grassroots citizen journalism whose job is holding public figures accountable to the public. Founded on the Internet in March 2000, HCN has developed from a periodic newsletter, to an interactive platform, to a publication read by the area's most engaged citizens. Historic City News is focused on news originating from or having an impact on St Augustine and St Johns County. Contact by e-mail

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