Is Florida as crazy as it seems? Anyone reading or watching the news knows a story beginning with the words “Florida man” - or any Florida resident, really - is bound to be good. Whether the crimes take place in southern grocery chain Publix or the Everglades, the reports range from hysterical to macabre in nature.
Jokes around the internet refer to “Florida Man” as one person wreaking havoc in the state, but the truth is less meme and more lawful.
Dating back to in 1909, Florida operates under the idea that the government works for the people, so their information should be available to the public. The group of laws that protect this transparency are called the Florida Sunshine Laws; they include access to arrest records and Florida mug shots, making reporters' jobs easier while creating the dysfunctional "Florida Man" mythos.
It All Began With “Chapter 119” In 1909 And Was Bolstered By The “Government-in-the-Sunshine Law” In 1967
In Florida, Schools Fall Under The Umbrella Of Government Agencies
Records Covered By The Law Include Video, Audio, And Software
Any Exception To The Law Must Be Justified And Specific
Exemptions To The Law “Sunset” If Not Renewed After Committee Review
Journalists Can Call Police For Instant Arrest Record Access