What is a public record?

The Florida Supreme Court has determined that public records are all materials made or received by an agency in connection with official business which are used to perpetuate, communicate or formalize knowledge. They are not limited to traditional written documents.  Also considered public records subject to inspection unless a statutory exemption exists are the following:

  • Emails
  • Films
  • Photographs
  • Sound Recordings
  • Tapes

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1. What is a public record?
2. Can I request public documents over the telephone or by e-mail instead of going into a City of Key West office in person?
3. Do I have to disclose why I want to request public records?
4. How much can the City of Key West charge for public documents?
5. Does the City of Key West have to explain why it denies access to public records?
6. When does a document sent to the City of Key West become a public document?
7. Are public employee personnel records considered public records?
8. Can the City of Key West refuse to allow public records to be inspected or copied if requested to do so by the maker or sender of the documents?
9. Are arrest records public documents?
10. Is the City of Key West required to give out information from public records or produce public records in a particular form as requested by an individual?
11. What agency can prosecute violators?
12. What is the difference between the Sunshine Amendment and the Sunshine Law?