Pinellas County website hailed for transparency
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:
Palm Beach 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