Reporter sues Florida court clerk over FOIA fees

Naples City Desk

Gina Edwards filed suit against Dwight Brock, the clerk of the Circuit Court of Collier County, Fla., because his office attempted to charge her $556 to fill a public records request.

Edwards’ previous requests were filled for $1 per CD containing electronic records. But “Brock imposed a $1 per page fee for the non-court and non-official records on Naples City Desk on Feb. 14, following the news organization’s press coverage critical of Brock’s Office published on Feb. 11,” City Desk’s account of the suit filing says.

In her suit, Edwards says the files she requested are subject to Florida’s public records law and that Brock can charge only the “actual cost of duplication.” The records she sought were electronic.

Edwards launched WatchdogCity.com in 2010 and hosts Naples City Desk there.

Last year the Mackinac Center for Public Policy filed suit against Westland, Mich., claiming its fees were exorbitant. The city later lowered its fee scale.

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