Are you perhaps confused over the difference between “rights” and “powers?” Rights, of course, being the possessions of individuals and powers being granted to governments by those individuals, not vice versa. The fact that you want to see what is on Ted’s personal computers and cell phones gives you neither right to that information nor any power to compel Ted to give you that information. If you disagree, get a judge to back you up.
The Sunshine Law and the Freedom of Information Act are designed to protect the individual’s right of access to open and transparent government. It is laughable to think that government has any similar right of access to individuals. Just as government has no rights, it has no money or possessions of its own—your $150,000.00+ salary and the cell phone and computer provided you by the City of Port Orange came from the taxpayers and they should have access to them. Ted is a volunteer board member and has no taxpayer supplied electronic devices. If you think that Ted has used his personal electronic devices to somehow thwart the Public Records laws (to what end is something only you can imagine) I have a suggestion for you. Jump up and down, scream, tear at your hair, punch walls and get a judge to subpoena them. Otherwise, learn to live with the fact that this is still America.
OOPS—I apologize for getting carried away, Greg. This parting shot from you at Ted is really not worth the effort. What it all boils down to in the end is that there is nothing opaque at all about Ted Noftall and you don’t need a Public Records request to find out what he is doing or thinking. Simply use your eyes and ears.
I happen to like Ted and agree with much of what he says but I still cringe occasionally at how he says things. So what! I learned long ago that guys like Ted are great watchdogs. Just observe who tries to shut them up—that’s where the real danger lies.
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PS Dianne and I like to visit the Panhandle every now and then. We’ll try to catch a Destin City Council meeting if the opportunity presents itself.