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FL: Local government forces registration to access public records

Home to one of the most cumbersome permitting processes in the state, Pembroke Pine has outdone itself once again by requiring government registration in order to access public records. Now you must register at the City’s website PPINES.com in order to access public records. You must provide your name, address, and phone number if you want the bureaucrats at Pembroke Pines to even consider your troublesome request.

Having to register to get public records might make you feel like a registered text contender and then the city will even track your public records requests and keep a record of all your requests so now your public records registration and requests is itself a public record for all to identify you and see what you have been asking about. That should put a damper on all those meddling residents trying to figure out what their city government is up to and how their tax dollars are being wasted.

You can’t even have a garage sale in Pembroke Pines without the approval of the authorities, and at Pembroke Pines you have to make a public records request just to figure out who’s running the show. None of Pembroke Pines board members are identified on the Pembroke Pines website. Pembroke Pines refuses to identify who is on all their countless boards making decisions for you unless you want to go through the exercise of registering and making a public records request in order to find out.

So, think about this for a moment. That means that at Pembroke Pines you have to identify yourself for them, but they do not identify themselves for you. That is the antithesis of government in the sunshine.

The Brechner Center for Freedom of Information at the University of Florida has a Citizens Guide that notes under Florida Public Records law, an individual does not need to present identification or state a purpose to obtain access to a public record. That would indicate that Pembroke Pines is breaking the law by requiring registration in order to access public records.

Scott Adams

Scott Adams is a Citizen Journalist based in the Tampa Bay area. From Childhood Scott has personally witnessed the mutual consolidation and federalization of so called ‘local’ newspapers and schools to where they are lapdogs of mediocrity that are unconcerned with serving their local communities. Institutions that now promote the deterioration of individual rights and the wussification of American citizens who are increasingly persecuted by the very systems that were designed to protect their right to reason and speak freely. Always an advocate for free speech and thought since youth, Scott has frequently had to work behind the scenes to avoid persecution here in the ‘land of the free’. A passionate writer and thinker Scott currently works in the next incarnation of these dying institutions of ‘local’ newspapers and public schools by advocating for both local school choice and local news coverage. As the inimitable American humorist Finley Peter Dunne said “The job of the newspaper is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.”

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