Gov. Scott Unveils Email Sunshine

By: Eyewitness News; Whitney Ray
By: Eyewitness News; Whitney Ray

Tallahassee, Florida - May 4, 2012 -

Email communications with the governor and his top office staff will be available on line as part of an effort Gov. Rick Scott said Thursday will fulfill a promise made on this first day to hold himself and his leadership team accountable. Dubbed Project Sunburst, the web-based service will make public emails from Scott and 11 of his top staff available to the public, many within 24 hours.. The governor plans to expand the program to include agencies under his control. “I invite Floridians to view my e-mails, as well as those of my leadership team, to learn more about how we are working to make Florida the best state for businesses to grow and expand and create jobs.” For reporters, the service provides an unprecedented opportunity to let colleagues, competitors and the public know what they are working on and may prompt a resurgence of fax machines, messenger services and telephones as verbal transmission devices. E-mails are available with search capabilities on the Governor’s website at through Microsoft Outlook Web Access. Individuals can access the Sunburst system by using the user name and password sunburst. The governor's office will continue to comply with public record requests.

To access the system, click here. Domain and password are "sunburst".

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  • by David Kearns Location: United States on May 7, 2012 at 01:24 PM
    this is a move clearly designed to divert your attention away from the fact he deleted thousands of his own emails illegally when he took office. These deletions were a clear violation of Florida's Government in the Sunshine Laws. Currently the FDLE is supposed to be investigatingLITE(tm) these deletions. They are "all over it" they are "getting right on it" and so forth. Anyone fooled by this nonsense needs to be checked for Neanderthal DNA. If you want to know the whole story on Rick Scott, go to amazon dot com and type in "rick scott" in the search bar then download the definitive book on the subject.
  • by nole82 Location: New York formerly Tallahassee on May 5, 2012 at 01:46 PM
    This governor has not been an honest person for many years. Do you expect he will be now?
  • by How naive do you think we are? Location: Tallahassee on May 5, 2012 at 05:43 AM
    I've got some beachfront real estate I'm trying to unload in Kansas if any of you really believe that we are going to get ALL of Scott's emails or any from his direct reports. AIN'T gonna happen. Have you been to the site? Nothing is there except fluff emails that are usually automatically deleted because they are meaningless. Gov Scott has already proven during his election that he will just create a private account to communicate his important emails so there is no reason to believe that this is truly Sunshine in Florida in the real since. You can tell by the number of emails that were on the site.
  • by Al on May 4, 2012 at 06:24 PM
    Let's don't forget all these crooks know where the delete button is.
  • by Anonymous on May 4, 2012 at 02:41 PM
    The Killearn Estates homeowner's association can follow the Gov's example, and they should stop trying to block residents' access to HOA records.
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      by Anonymous on May 4, 2012 at 07:01 PM in reply to
      Nobody cares about your little Killearn Estates HOA. Move.
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        by Anonymous on May 5, 2012 at 06:28 PM in reply to
        You must be on the board with somethingti hide.
  • by Anonymous on May 4, 2012 at 01:25 PM
    The Governor should have been doing this since the day he took his Oath,not years later. It is a move in the right direction and we should be able to read everything written by all staff members of all departments in the state including everyone in the Cabinet, Senate and House leadership as well.
  • by joe public on May 4, 2012 at 01:04 PM
    I agree with anonymous on May 4th. There will be an immediate decrease in e-mail usage. If its not on paper it won't be available for review. This does nothing.
  • by Anonymous on May 4, 2012 at 10:38 AM
    I'd rather see what's going on with the Boards and those emails about Enterprise Florida, Inc.
  • by tRick on May 4, 2012 at 09:48 AM
    Well, once he deleted the more important ones, NOW they're available. By law, they're all supposed to be available anyway so only the access medium is new.
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      by Anonymous on May 4, 2012 at 05:19 PM in reply to tRick
      He's joking right? It's the Boards that are skirting the Sunshine Laws. I want those emails and the emails about Enterprise Florida, Inc.
  • by Redd Foxx on May 4, 2012 at 08:14 AM
    I like that. We can now see where the sun don't normally shine.
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      by Anonymous on May 4, 2012 at 10:42 AM in reply to Redd Foxx
      Don't be too sure. Many employees will just use the phone. Most work it really doesn't matter, but it's the planning that will take a hit. Executives will no longer feel free to discuss budget and contract scenarios through e-mail knowing that vendors will be watching. This will have the opposite effect of open government.
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