shrug-l: FW: PBC - GIS Policy Advisory Committee (Chapter 119)

Jim Robeson Jim@gpserv.com
Fri, 19 Sep 2003 12:33:09 -0400


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Looks like Chapter 119 has hit the fan in Palm Beach. In my dealings with
governments within the State, many county and local governments have either
ignored or twisted the meaning of 119 to rationalize the fees that people
are charging for GIS data. Thought this was worth sharing. 
Regards, 
Jim Robeson 

	Subject: PBC - GIS Policy Advisory Committee
	
	I am writing you in preparation for the next GIS Policy Advisory
Committee meeting tentatively scheduled for October 14th, 2003 at 2pm at the
Government Center (301 N. Olive Ave. West Palm Beach, FL - Large Conference
Room on 11th Floor, #1104). 
	One of the issues to be discussed at the meeting involves a recently
issued opinion which we pursued under the State Attorney's Office Open
Government Mediation Program. The Attorney General's Opinion #03-42 from
September 3, 2003 is addressed to Ms. Denise Nieman, Palm Beach County
Attorney can be viewed at the following link:
	
<http://myfloridalegal.com/ago.nsf/aaee37715760bbce852563cc001bacf7/2639579a
b297311d85256d970046709f!OpenDocument>
	Within the opinion Charlie Crist states "In sum, it is my opinion
that, in light of Florida's Public Records Law, Palm Beach County is not
authorized to obtain copyright protection and require license agreements for
its Geographic Information Systems (GIS) maps and related data in order to
regulate and authorize redistribution of these materials for commercial
use."
	The GIS parcel shapefiles are public records, are developed using
taxpayer's money, and are used internally by the County's Engineering
Department, Planning and Zoning Department, Utilities Department, and
Property Appraiser's Office. Palm Beach County has copyrighted these public
records and charges a $20,000 fee in order to obtain the right to be able to
redistribute these public records. I have researched more than twenty-four
other counties within Florida and Palm Beach County is the only county which
has implemented such a policy.
	The GIS Policy Advisory Committee meeting is open to the public. If
your company or any other company that you may know of: have a GIS
department, have previously purchased GIS Shapefiles from Palm Beach County
under their current License User Agreement, and/or have had issues with the
redistribution of Palm Beach County's public records (GIS Shapefiles) - I
strongly encourage you to attend this meeting to voice your opinion. Please
feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Also, please
forward this email to any other parties whom may be interested in this
matter - thank you!


James M.Robeson    
< <mailto:Jim@GPServ.com>>
Tallahassee Office            
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