University of Florida sued over public records

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Sierra Club is suing the University of Florida, seeking public records on urban fertilizer regulations.

University spokeswoman Janine Sikes said Wednesday that all she could say was that the case is under review.

The Sierra Club filed it Tuesday in state Circuit Court in Fort Lauderdale.

The suit accuses the university’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences of violating Florida’s open-records “sunshine” law by refusing access to the records.

The university contends the documents being sought are not public records.

They relate to an institute publication titled “Unintended Consequences Associated with Certain Urban Fertilizer Ordinances.”

The Sierra Club contends it contradicts the institute’s own research.

The publication is being used by opponents to challenge city and county fertilizer regulations.

Source: Associated Press