SEPTEMBER 2012: Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown's office will pay The Florida Times-Union $15,000 to settle a lawsuit over access to public records. The Times-Union attorney George Gable said the newspaper incurred $16,300 in fees and expenses to gain access to the records.
SEPTEMBER 2012: A judge ruled that the city of Valparaiso violated Florida's Sunshine Law on two separate occations when it conducted a private meeting and failed to provide public notice.
AUGUST 2012: Judge Chris Patterson, of the 14th Judicial Circuit ruled that the city of Vernon had violated the Sunshine Law. The Washington County News, a sister paper of The News Herald (Panama City) argued that an executive session to update council members of pending litigation was a violation of the Sunshine Law and that the tape of the meeting should become public record.
JUNE 2012: Booker Young Jr., 81, was found guilty of violating the state's Sunshine Law for actions related to a March 16, 2011 Lake Wales Housing Authority Board meeting. He was find $67 for the civil violation and ordered to pay $500 to the State Attorney's Office for investigation adn prosecution costs.
MAY 2012: An investigation which began September 2011, ended with each of five Crestview City Council officials being fined $500 for violating Florida's Sunshine Law. Emails released as part of the investigation indicated that council members had discussed matters through email that were required to be discussed at public meetings.
MARCH 2012: Circuit Judge James H. Daniel ruled that a Duval County activist was entitled to $1245.00 for expenses he incurred in his lawsuit against the Jacksonville Police and Fire Pension Fund, but said that the fund did not act willfully in breaking the Public Records Law so it would not be liable for his attorney's fees.
MARCH 2012:The Inverness County Board of County Commissioners settled a public records lawsuit out of court for $1450.00.