Saturday, October 03, 2009

Open Govt advocates get $1.4 million from City

Last March, the nonprofit group Citizens for Sunshine and a citizen activist were awarded attorney's fees in a lawsuit against the City of Venice where they exposed violations of the state's open records and open meetings laws. The parties settled the suit, which exposed the city's failure to maintain and archive city e-mail accounts and led to a change in its policy and practice. Friday's ruling brings the total fee award to $1.4 million, The Associated Press reported.