The answer to this post’s yet-to-be-asked inquiry is “limited reasonable delay” and we’ll begin asking that question by stealing a page from Aletheia Drakos‘ book by offering a few definitions.
Restricted in size, amount, or extent; few, small, or short: “a limited number of places are available”.
Based on good sense: “a reasonable request”.
A period of time by which something is late or postponed.
Now let’s use that in phrase in a sentence, shall we?
The Supreme Court of the State of Florida has determined that my Public Record Requests must be fulfilled in with “limited reasonable delay” which allows the custodian to retrieve the record and delete those portions of the record the custodian asserts are exempt.
Good so far… Now how about an example of something that’s not limited, not reasonable, but surely delayed? And for that, we’ll use our January 9, 2012 public record request.
For 2008 and 2009, all payouts of executive leave to Jonathan Allen and Anita Fain-Taylor.
And then last week, nearly two months later, I receive the following email from the City Clerk,
Pursuant to your below public records request, the estimated charges are as follows:
The estimated cost for staff time to pull the files to determine if records exist = $45.46 ($22.73 x 2 hours)
Total estimated cost = $45.46. If you wish for the City to proceed with this request, please forward a check for the estimated amount payable to the City of Lauderdale Lakes. Once the check is received and cleared, we will proceed with gathering the information. This cost is just an estimate and there may be additional costs once the request is complete.
Two months to tell me that it will cost me $50.00 to see how much time Allen and Fain-Taylor took off from work. Really? Ha! That’s some funny shit right there and it’s that sort of funny type of shit that earned Allen (yet) another complaint – as any willful violation of Florida Records Law is a crime.
By the way, my sources tell me that Allen may be intentionally withholding information (and we may have the proof very shortly).