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Right to Know Law
With the Right-to-Know law, citizens, agencies, public officials and members of the media may obtain public records of their government. All government records are presumed to be public records unless disclosure is prohibited by state or federal law or regulation, judicial order, privilege (ie attorney-client, doctor-patient), or an exception to the Right-to-Know law. As part of the Right-to-Know law, agencies are to ensure that citizens are provided access to records to which they are entitled. Equally important, requesters are to use good judgment in seeking records from the public body and not use this law to harass or overburden a public body from performing its other functions. 

All agency records are subject to the Right-to-Know law, however not all records are public records. An agency may deny release of a record if it falls within FSS Chapter 119 exemptions that are designed to protect information that is confidential or may jeopardize safety or investigations. Types of records that can be withheld include records related to personal or public security, DNA/RNA records, autopsy records, social security numbers, personal financial information, personal email addresses, marital status, identity of a covert law enforcement officer, home address of judges or law enforcement, confidential source records, and victim information.

To learn more about public records requests, please select contact our Records Unit at 321-723-9673.

For related links regarding laws governing public records:

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Florida Department of
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Florida State Statutes
Chapter 119 Public Records
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Office of the Attorney General
Government-in-the-Sunshine Manual