2004 Florida Statutes
Confidentiality of records.
(1) As used in this section, the term "economic development agency" means the Office of Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development, any industrial development authority created in accordance with part III of chapter 159 or by special law, the Florida Space Authority created in part II of chapter 331, the Florida Aerospace Finance Corporation created in part III of chapter 331, the public economic development agency of a county or municipality, or any research and development authority created in accordance with part V of chapter 159. The term also includes any private agency, person, partnership, corporation, or business entity when authorized by the state, a municipality, or a county to promote the general business interests or industrial interests of the state or that municipality or county.
(2) Upon written request from a private corporation, partnership, or person, records of an economic development agency which contain or would provide information concerning plans, intentions, or interests of such private corporation, partnership, or person to locate, relocate, or expand any of its business activities in this state are confidential and exempt from s. 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State Constitution for 24 months after the date an economic development agency receives a request for confidentiality or until disclosed by an economic development agency pursuant to subsection (4) or by the party requesting confidentiality under this section. Confidentiality must be maintained until the expiration of the 24-month period or until documents or information are otherwise disclosed, whichever occurs first. Any confidentiality provided under this section does not apply when any party petitions a court of competent jurisdiction and, in the opinion of the court, proves need for access to such documents. This exemption expires October 2, 2006, and is subject to review by the Legislature under the Open Government Sunset Review Act of 1995 in accordance with s. 119.15
(3) This section does not waive any provision of chapter 120 or any other provision of law requiring a public hearing.
(4) A public officer or employee may not enter into a binding agreement with any corporation, partnership, or person who has requested confidentiality of information pursuant to this section, until 90 days after such information is made public, unless such public officer or employee is acting in an official capacity, the agreement does not accrue to the personal benefit of such public officer or employee, and, in the professional judgment of such officer or employee, the agreement is necessary to effectuate an economic development project.
(5) An economic development agency may extend the period of confidentiality specified in subsection (2) for up to an additional 12 months upon written request from the private corporation, partnership, or person who originally requested confidentiality under this section and upon a finding by the economic development agency that such private corporation, partnership, or person is still actively considering locating, relocating, or expanding its business activities in this state. Such a request for an extension in the period of confidentiality must be received prior to the expiration of any confidentiality originally provided under this section.
(6) Notwithstanding the period of confidentiality specified in subsection (2), trade secrets, as defined by s. 812.081, contained in the records of an economic development agency relating to the plans, intentions, or interests of a corporation, partnership, or person who has requested confidentiality pursuant to this section are confidential and exempt from s. 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State Constitution for 10 years after the date an economic development agency receives a request for confidentiality or until otherwise disclosed, whichever occurs first. The 10-year period of confidentiality provided by this subsection does not apply to any portion of the records other than trade secrets as defined by s. 812.081
(7) Any person who is an employee of an economic development agency who violates the provisions of this section commits a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083
History.--s. 1, ch. 77-75; s. 1, ch. 79-395; s. 3, ch. 83-47; s. 1, ch. 86-152; s. 1, ch. 86-180; s. 1, ch. 86-218; s. 1, ch. 89-217; s. 104, ch. 90-360; s. 245, ch. 91-224; s. 220, ch. 95-148; s. 1, ch. 95-378; s. 1, ch. 96-353; s. 135, ch. 96-406; s. 14, ch. 99-256; s. 1, ch. 2001-161; s. 5, ch. 2002-183; s. 27, ch. 2003-286.