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Pinellas County website hailed for transparency

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March

Pinellas County's website (pinellascounty.org) has been named among the most transparent government sites in the country.

So has Hillsborough County Schools site (www.sdhc.k12.fl.us), though it's not listed on the news release by the Sunshine Review, a national proponent of greater openness in government. Hillsborough is on the group's web site list. From the news release:

 

ALEXANDRIA- The nation’s leading government transparency advocate, Sunshine Review, announced on Thursday the 112 winners of its 2nd annual “Sunny Awards.”  The 2011 awards, which more than double last year's number, recognize the best state and local government websites in America that exceeded transparency standards.  The Sunny Awards announcement preludes the launch of “Sunshine Week,” a period nationally recognized by hundreds of media and civic organizations, that celebrates the efforts of activists and the strides taken towards open government.

“Sunny Award winners deserve recognition for making information available to citizens and for setting a transparency standard that all governments can, and should, meet,” said Mike Barnhart, President of Sunshine Review. “Access to information empowers every citizen to hold government officials accountable. Official accountability is the cornerstone of self government and liberty.” 

The list of Florida winners is on the jump.

 

 

The 2011 list of Florida winners include:

Brevard County

DuPage County

Duval County

Lee County

Palm Beach County

Pinellas County

Putnam County

Sumter County

City of Miami

Charlotte County Public Schools

Escambia County School District

Hillsborough County School District

Indian River School District

Marion County Public Schools

Orange County Public Schools

Osceola County School District

Palm Beach County School District

Polk County School District

Seminole County Public Schools

St. John's County School District

St. Lucie County School Board

Volusia County Schools

 

[Last modified: Thursday, March 10, 2011 3:19pm]

    

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