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Bills could change legal fee awards in public record cases

The town of Gulf Stream, known for its protected pine trees and coastal views along State Road A1A in Palm Beach County, is ground zero for a statewide public records battle.

A feud between town officials and a local businessman exemplifies the battle in existing public records laws that some lawmakers are using as reason to introduce legislation that some say has the potential to irreparably harm Florida's Sunshine Law, while others argue is needed to stop the abuse.

Florida legislators are drafting bills that aim to end, as one lawmaker calls it, the "cottage industry" of using public records laws for profit.

If these proposed bills are passed and signed...

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