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Riviera Beach settles second public records lawsuit; council member demands change

Posted at 10:38 PM, Feb 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-21 05:12:29-05

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. — The city of Riviera Beach has agreed to settle a lawsuit, accusing the city of violating public records laws.

Tradrick McCoy, who is also a candidate for city council, filed the lawsuit after he did not get all the records he had requested.

It’s the second time this year the city has settled a lawsuit over public records, the other one had been filed by WPTV.

The settlement agreement states McCoy only got all the documents he requested after the lawsuit was filed. The city agreed to a $1,000 settlement payment to McCoy.

Councilwoman KaShamba Miller-Anderson said she is very concerned.

“It does appear to be a pattern,” Miller-Anderson said.

She voted for the settlement on Wednesday, which passed unanimously, but with deep reservations.

“I voted for it simply to minimize the cost to the city,” Miller-Anderson said. “I did not vote for it because I was in favor of settling it, because I felt that we (the city) were wrong.”

Miller-Anderson said she wants something to be done so the city won’t face more lawsuits over public records.