Public Records Disclosure
Please note: Under Florida law, most written communications with the Lakewood Ranch Inter-District Authority and the Lakewood Ranch Community Development Districts are considered public records. Therefore, your communications with staff or officials or information submitted to this website, including your contact information, may be subject to public disclosure in response to a public records request.
Making a Public Records Request
Per Florida law, public records do not have to be submitted in writing. You can phone (941) 907-0202 with your request, stop by Town Hall at 8175 Lakewood Ranch Boulevard, Lakewood Ranch, Florida 34202 and make your request in person, you can send correspondence to the aforementioned address, or you can send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. For your convenience and information, please click here to read the IDA's Public Records Policy.
Chapter 119 (Excerpt)
119.01 General state policy on public records.—
(1) It is the policy of this state that all state, county, and municipal records are open for personal inspection and copying by any person. Providing access to public records is a duty of each agency.
(2) (a) Automation of public records must not erode the right of access to those records. As each agency increases its use of and dependence
on electronic recordkeeping, each agency must provide reasonable public access to records electronically maintained and must ensure that
exempt or confidential records are not disclosed except as otherwise permitted by law.
(b) When designing or acquiring an electronic recordkeeping system, an agency must consider whether such system is capable of providing data in some common format such as, but not limited to, the American Standard Code for Information Interchange.
(c) An agency may not enter into a contract for the creation or maintenance of a public records database if that contract impairs the ability of the public to inspect or copy the public records of the agency, including public records that are online or stored in an electronic record- keeping system used by the agency.
(d) Subject to the restrictions of copyright and trade secret laws and public records exemptions, agency use of proprietary software must not diminish the right of the public to inspect and copy a public record.
(e) Providing access to public records by remote electronic means is an additional method of access that agencies should strive to provide to the extent feasible. If an agency provides access to public records by remote electronic means, such access should be provided in the most cost-effective and efficient manner available to the agency providing the information.
(f) Each agency that maintains a public record in an electronic recordkeeping system shall provide to any person, pursuant to this chapter, a copy of any public record in that system which is not exempted by law from public disclosure. An agency must provide a copy of the record in the medium requested if the agency maintains the record in that medium, and the agency may charge a fee in accordance with this chapter. For the purpose of satisfying a public records request, the fee to be charged by an agency if it elects to provide a copy of a public record in a medium not routinely used by the agency, or if it elects to compile information not routinely developed or maintained by the agency or that requires a substantial amount of manipulation or programming, must be in accordance with s. 119.07(4).
(3) If public funds are expended by an agency in payment of dues or membership contributions for any person, corporation, foundation, trust, association, group, or other organization, all the financial, business, and membership records of that person, corporation, foundation, trust, association, group, or other organization which pertain to the public agency are public records and subject to the provisions of s. 119.07.