There are costs to public records requests. Riviera Beach Police Department does not waive costs for indigent requestors. Pursuant to Section 119.07(4)(a), Florida Statutes, Riviera Beach Police Department may impose the following fees:
Per Florida Statute Section 316.066, effective June 5, 2001, accident reports are no longer a public records under the provisions of Florida Statute Section 119.07 for a period of 60 days after the date the report is filed. However, they can be made available immediately to:
1.The parties involved;
2.Their legal representatives;
3.Their licensed insurance agents;
5.Persons under contract with such insurer to provide claims or underwriting information;
7.Radio and television stations licensed by the FCC;
Yes. Riviera Beach Police Department will charge the statutory “extensive use” charge for any request requiring more than one-half hour of effort. Pursuant to Section 119.07(4)(d), Florida Statutes, if the nature or volume of the public records requested to be inspected, examined, or copied is such as to require extensive use of information technology resources or extensive clerical or supervisory assistance by personnel of Riviera Beach Police Department, or both, a charge in addition to the actual cost of duplication will be assessed. Regarding labor costs, Riviera Beach Police Department currently assesses a charge for personnel time at the hourly salary rate of personnel involved when clerical and/or supervisory assistance necessary to respond to a request exceeding one-half hour. No labor charge is assessed for up to and including one-half hour of clerical or supervisory personnel efforts. What is considered to “require extensive use of information technology resources or extensive clerical or supervisory assistance by personnel of Riviera Beach Police Department, or both” is determined on the basis of the required response to each public records request. In general, the narrower, and more focused your public records request can be, the less likely that “extensive” costs will become a factor.
Riviera Beach Police Department will require a deposit to cover all or a substantial portion of the costs estimated under F.S. 119.07(1)(b) before it begins the “extensive use” of resources or personnel as used in the statute. If you have previously received public records but have not paid the costs associated with that response, Riviera Beach Police Department will not provide records for subsequent requests until such time as the due amounts have been paid.
No. Florida’s public records law obligates agencies to provide copies of public records. It does not require agencies to “explain” records or answer questions based on the records’ content. Agencies are free to decide whether to answer questions about particular records or not.
Section 119.071, Florida Statutes, defines which records are exempt from inspection or copying. To view these exemptions, click here. Please note, active criminal intelligence information, active criminal investigative information, and security system plans are among the statutory exemptions.
All public records requests are responded to promptly once the records have been retrieved, reviewed and redacted if necessary to prevent confidential or exempt information from being disclosed.
No. Agencies are obligated to respond to public records requests reasonably and promptly. Requests, and the amount of effort an agency puts forth to respond to them vary greatly. Your request will be handled as promptly as possible.
Contact the Records Section at 561-845-4160 and ask to speak with the Section Commander.