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Request Filed for Port Canaveral Authority & Ralph Kennedy Records

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Port Canaveral, FL, Friday, Nov. 13- On behalf of Brevard County’s residents and in the interest of the community’s economic future, Matt O’Hern submitted a 119 request to the Port Canaveral Port Authority. Brevard’s residents deserve the reassurance that their tax dollars aren’t being misused, especially in one of the biggest economic drivers of our county and our state: Port Canaveral.

Since Ralph Kennedy’s resignation from the board of Port Canaveral commissioners, the public has yet to hear any specific reasons for his departure. Every day that passes without public disclosure is a slap in the face to taxpayers, and a threat to the integrity of local democracy.

To expedite the process, I filed a 119 request for more information. What is a 119 request? Florida Statute 119.07 requires every person who has possession of public record to permit the record to be inspected and copied by any person desiring to do so, at any reasonable time, under reasonable conditions, and under supervision by the custodian of the public records.

You can read the entire statute on the state of Florida’s Legislative guide

Rosalind Harvey Request Filed for Port Canaveral Authority & Ralph Kennedy Records


I drove to the Port Canaveral Authority office, where I attempted to deliver the request to Rosalind Harvey, the director of communications, but when the security officer called Harvey to inform her of my delivery, she said she was too busy to speak with me today. I gave my request to the security officer and asked him to deliver it to Harvey.

To ensure the document was delivered, I double-checked with Mary Williams, another member of the communications department. Williams told me she was forwarding my request to Stan Payne’s office.

Here’s the letter Stan Payne, CEO of Port Canaveral Authority, received:

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Stan Payne

FROM: Matt O’Hern,
Editor: BrevardWatchdogs.com
Subj; Request for inspection of documents

Dear Mr. Payne,

This is a request under the Florida Public Records Law, Fla. Stat.Sec. 119.01 et seq.

I wish to inspect, examine and copy any information with regard to Ralph Kennedy’s communication with any Canaveral Port Authority entity or person or any other entity or person.

This information should include, but not be limited to, any notes, memos, letters, emails, recordings and calendar appointment notations by you or any Canaveral Port Authority employee, commissioner or designee.

If any part of my request is denied, please let me know immediately, pursuant to FS 119.07(2)(a), giving the specific statutory citation for the exemption(s) from disclosure which you assert to justify your failure to make the requested information available.

Also, please state, with particularity, the reasons for your conclusion that the record(s) is (are) exempt.

If you determine that any part of or all of the records which I am requesting are not public records subject to public inspection, please note that FS 119.07(2)(c) provides that you shall not dispose of those records for a period of 30 days after the date on which you receive this letter.

If you determine that some portions of the requested material are exempt, please immediately provide me with the portion you deem non-exempt, pursuant to FS 1l9.07(2)(a).

Understand that I may challenge any assertion that portions of the requested information are exempt, and I’ve noted my delivery of this request on BrevardWatchdogs.com, so the public is aware of this request.

Thank you for your cooperation,

Matt O’Hern
Editor: BrevardWatchdogs.com


I eagerly await to hear Mr. Payne’s response. Check back for the latest developments as they unfold.  Bookmark Brevardwatchdogs.com and add the BrevardWatchdog Twitter page to your Twitter account.  I leave you with these two quotes from one of the country’s founding fathers, James Madison:

“Popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce, or a tragedy, or perhaps both.” James Madison

“The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.
James Madison

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