County Information Desk:
Lobbyists are required to:
- register with the County on an annual basis
- report each meeting with any county commissioner
- report any expenditures made in support of lobbying activities
A Public Policy of Open Government
The Florida Constitution safeguards every Floridian’s right of access to government meetings and records. In Florida, disclosure is the standard, unless the Legislature allows an exemption. Every citizen has the right to obtain public records that are not exempted. Citizens and the media can easily request public records from Pinellas County government. The citizen is responsible for the cost of providing the documentation, which includes staff time, cost of copies and other costs that are associated with the request.
To read more about the Sunshine Law: Florida Government in the Sunshine
To better serve the citizens of Pinellas County, the Board of County Commissioners hires lobbyists to assist them in gaining support for issues that affect the departments under the Board of County Commissioners.
The continuation of funding for beach nourishment is one example of a county interest for which lobbyists have successfully advocated. The issues that are to be supported are approved by the Board of County Commissioners.
Pinellas County disclosure of membership dues for public lobbying associations
- Florida Association of Counties $115,961
- National Association of Counties $18,331
- Florida Shore & Beach Preservation Association $6,000
Lobbying & Advocacy- Open Government Resources:
- Pinellas County Code of Ordinances Article IX- Lobbyists
- Florida Association of Counties
- National Association of Counties
Government Relations Contracts: