It is the policy of the State of Florida that all state, county, and municipal records shall be open for personal inspection and copying by any person unless said records are exempted by law. Providing access to public records is a duty of each agency. The Office of the Town Clerk processes all requests for inspections and/or copies of public records in accordance with state law.
Public records means all documents, papers, letters, maps, books, tapes, photographs, films, sound recordings, data processing software, or other material, regardless of the physical form, characteristics, or means of transmission, made or received pursuant to law or ordinance, or in connection with the transaction of official business by any agency.
The Clerk’s office has a “reasonable time” period to provide the information; records are not usually available immediately. The requestor must pay for copies and a deposit may be required. If a public records request is voluminous and requires extensive Town staff time, the Town may charge, in addition to the copy charges, a special service charge for the labor cost of Town staff.