Southwest Ranches resident sues town for $1.25

By December 6, 2011

Yes. You read that correctly. Now, that’s what we call making a point.
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Southwest Ranches resident sues town for $1.25
By Susannah Bryan, Sun Sentinel
6:04 PM EST, December 5, 2011
The town was served papers in a public records lawsuit Monday. The damages? $1.25.
“This is no joke,” Town Attorney Keith Poliakoff said.
Southwest Ranches homeowner Bill Di Scipio wanted to photograph town records about a controversial immigration detention center. Town Clerk Erika Santamaria told him he’d have to pay 15 cents a page for copies.
Now he’s suing, saying the town violated Florida’s public records law. And, as demanded in the lawsuit, he wants his $1.25 back.
“Bill Di Scipio means business,” said his Tampa attorney, John W. McKnight. “It’s not just about the $1.25. This is an effort by the town to keep the public misinformed.”
Di Scipio could not be reached for comment despite a call to him and McKnight.
“We always take any litigation involving the town seriously,” Poliakoff said of the lawsuit filed in Broward Circuit Court on Nov. 18. “And we will represent the town to the fullest extent of the law.”
According to the lawsuit: Di Scipio went to Town Hall on Oct. 4 to photograph 40 pages of records relating to Corrections Corporation of America, the company scheduled to build the federal immigration center in Southwest Ranches. But he was told he’d have to buy copies instead.
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