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Gov. Rick Scott on public records, the death penalty and state parks

by Dara Kam | July 1st, 2011

Gov. Rick Scott defended his administration’s public records policy to a roomful of newspaper executives at the Florida Press Association and Florida Society of Newspaper Editors annual meeting in St. Petersburg.

Scott has come under fire from the media for charging for more for public records than his predecessor, Charlie Crist, who made a habit of giving away most documents for free. Scott is charging the maximum amount allowed under Florida’s broad Sunshine Law, including costs for his legal staff to scrub the documents of private information.

The number of requests “has skyrocketed” since Scott took office in January, he said.

“Part of my job is to make sure we don’t waste taxpayers money. It costs us money to do it. We pass that cost on. It’s the right thing to do,” Scott said in a brief question-and-answer period.

Scott said he plans to put more records on the internet, but did not elaborate. His office has already put online records his staff has generated – including databases of state employees’ salaries and state workers with pensions worth at least $100,000.

Dozens of demonstrators protesting the governor’s economic agenda shouted “Pink Slip Rick” across the street from the waterfront Renaissance Vinoy Hotel as Scott spoke.

After his remarks, Scott fielded a few questions from reporters.

On signing his first death warrant Thursday night, Scott said, “I prayed about it.”

Scott ordered Manuel Valle, convicted of the 1978 murder of Coral Gables Police Department Officer Luis Pena, put to death on August 2.

“This was the moswt appropriate case,” Scott said. “He killed a law enforcment officer. He attempted to kill another law enforcement officer…It’s a hard decision but it’s the right thing to do.”

Scott also said he supports allowing private vendors to operate RV campgrounds within a handful of state parks.

“The reason we have parks is so people will use them,” he said.

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13 Responses to “Gov. Rick Scott on public records, the death penalty and state parks”

  1. dark gator Says:

    Rick-The-Boot-Fetishist-Scott is a genius, pure and simple. He needs to aim higher than that little Governor’s job. The people of Florida need to share him with the rest of the nation. RTBFS needs to be in the Big House, oops, make that the White House!

  2. JD Says:

    More like hundreds of demonstrators…

  3. nanci little Says:

    Governor Gollum is that slimy blob you wipe off of your boot when you walk through the swamp. We cannot get new boots SOON enough for me!

  4. Bryan Says:

    Yeah I read there were at least 200 people protesting there today. No idea where this “dozens” comes from.

  5. Alex Says:


  6. Downtown Danny Says:

    Worst Gov in Florida’s history will kill thousands of seniors before he leaves office with his cuts to nursing home standards. Those who voted for Scott have their blood, pain & suffering on their hands.

  7. C Lon Smith Says:

    Gov. Rick Scott is doing a great job for Floridians. He is going for ‘IMPROVEMENTS’ and not ‘Change’ which can change from bad to worse.

    Leadership is tough and few can handle it. Gov. Rick Scott is Leading so all of you that want to be a ‘ball and chain’ around his leg and hurt his efforts for improving Florida, gett off his back!

  8. C Lon Smith Says:

    Note to the majority that voted for Gov.Rick Scott need to encourage him and pray for his administration. He is on our side!
    You who wish to be negative don’t forget to thank him in the long run when you find out how wrong you were!
    Go Gov. Rick Scott

  9. michael Says:

    @C Lon Smith

    I don’t think so….

  10. Linda Says:

    People who voted for Scott and still support him are like the people who handle poisonous snakes. They have “faith” and no facts will ever change their religious “belief.”

  11. C Lon Smith Says:

    Regarding charges for public record-I think it not a bad deal for all tax-pyers in Florida. Let the ones who use the ‘special service’ pay for it . . . if the need it. Otherwise don’t buy it. I am not sure who all uses it but as for the liberal media . . let them pay for it or do the research for yourselves.

  12. Proud 58 Says:

    Hey C Lon: There was no majority that voted for “Gov.Rick Scoitt” … but he does need all the prayers he can get, and so do the citizens of Florida!

  13. Irene Kaiser Says:

    Nothing is difficult for the person who does not have to do it. Government spending is out of control and must be reigned in. Spending more than you earn is unsustainable. Everyone wants cuts but not ones that effect them. My prayers are with Govenor Scott and his team of advisors as they make these very difficult choices. I pray that he does the right thing for all Floridians!

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