Open records lawsuit filed against Highlands County, Florida

The Florida News Sun is reporting on a significant open records lawsuit under the Florida Sunshine Law against Highlands County filed by Preston Colby of the group ”Florida Public Safety”.

Colby’s suit names the county commissioners and Chairperson Barbara Stewart, County Administrator Michael J. Wright, Assistant County Administrator Ricky Helms, Records Management Officer Gloria Rybinski and Planning Director James Polatty as individual defendants.

There are three different counts in the lawsuit of either denying Colby’s records requests or claiming exemption to notes and e-mails.

In 2008, Colby received a $9,100 settlement from the county over another records request suit that the county settled.

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