November 2011: The Southeast Volusia County Hospital District recently approved a $1 million settlement fee to be paid to the Bert Fish Foundation by the hospital's insurance policy. This is a result of the lawsuit filed by the Bert Fish Foundation to stop a merger between public Bert Fish and private nonprofit Adventist Health. The merger was the result of 21 meetings that had been illegaly closed to the public.

September 2011: A Duval County activist has prevailed in his public records lawsuit against the Jacksonville Police and Fire Pension Fund. The Fund asked Curtis Lee, Director of the Concerned Taxpayers of Duval cCounty to pay a $280 so an employee could supervise Lee's inspection of the records for eight hours. Daniel also found the fund should not have asked for $27.66 per hour for an employee to make copies of the records before copies were even requested. In addition to its own $160,000 in legal fees the fund might also be responsible for part of Lee's attorneys' fees.

AUGUST2011: A member of the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District pleaded guilty to a non-criminal violation of the Open Meetings Law. Joan Lord-Papy, a five-term commissioner, will pay $250 fine along with $270 in court costs. Lord-Papy was charged after responding to an email from a fellow commissioner discussing interview dates for district director applicants. The original email, sent by Commissioner Jack Bridges, included a warning that other commissioners should not reply to avoid violating the Open Meetings Law.


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