A Commitment to Open Government
The South Florida Water Management District is committed to open and transparent two-way communication with the public we serve. That includes avoiding technical jargon and speaking plainly about what we are doing, what we are planning to do and what our activities mean to YOU.
Participate in the Process
We encourage the public to participate in the decision-making process and to be actively engaged at whatever level they choose. We hold meetings in locations throughout our 16-county region, and whenever possible, we make them available for viewing via webcast on our home page or video conference.
Share Your Views
We offer a variety of opportunities, formal and informal, for the public to share their views on any water resource issue. Contact us by email, phone, letter, electronic bulletin boards, formal public records requests or by speaking at public meetings.
Representatives of community, local government, business or other stakeholder groups also provide invaluable insights and perspectives while serving as members of advisory committees and task forces.
The District Clerk serves as Secretary to the Governing Board, recipient and filer of all original pleadings received by the District and custodian of all official District documents. The Clerk can be reached at (561) 682-6805, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at Office of the District Clerk, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33406.
Frequently Asked Questions
It is easy to submit a records request to the District. You may request a record by e-mail, regular mail, telephone, fax, or by using the District's online Public Request Form.
You can help the District expedite your request by providing a detailed description. Very broad requests will take longer to process.
To request a record by postal mail, send to:
- South Florida Water Management District
Office of Ombuds and Open Government [Mail Stop 2510]
Attention: Public Records Officer
3301 Gun Club Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
- To submit public records requests by email, send to: PublicRecords@SFWMD.gov
- To reach the District's Public Records information line, call (561) 682-2729
By law, the DISTRICT may charge the following fees for Inspection of, and Copying Public Records:
- Standard single-sided letter/legal black and white copies - .15 cents per page
- Standard double-sided letter/legal black and white copies - .20 cents per page
- Certified Copies - $1.00 per copy
Get full Fee Schedule [PDF]
Florida law states that an agency must respond within the "limited reasonable time" it takes an agency to retrieve and record the record, and delete those portions of the record that are exempt. The length of time it takes this agency to provide the records varies somewhat with the volume of the request, but South Florida Water Management District is committed to providing requested records as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Is the South Florida Water Management District required to give out information from public records or produce public records in a particular form?
The Sunshine Law addresses the right to access, inspect, and copy existing public records but it does not mandate that an agency give out information from the records or create new records to accommodate a request for information. In addition, an agency is not generally required to reformat its records to meet a requestor's particular needs.
If you have determined that the records you are requesting are located at a particular South Florida Water Management District office and you would like to review the records in person, you may do so during regular business hours, Monday through Friday.
Some records are exempt. Get more information about public records and open government from the Florida First Amendment Foundation and from the University of Florida Brechner Center for Freedom of Information.