Bradenton, Fla. – In recognition of Sunshine Week (March 13 – 19, 2022), Angel Colonneso, Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, honors Florida’s commitment to government in the sunshine.
Florida has an extensive history of protecting citizens’ rights to access public information.
Beginning in 1909 with the Public Records Law and evolving to the Sunshine Law, Florida has long supported providing access and the ability to participate in government. As a result, Florida’s Sunshine Laws ranks among the strongest in the country, demonstrating the state’s commitment to protecting residents’ rights to remain informed and engaged.
“As Clerk of Court & Comptroller in Manatee County, I am proud of my responsibility and ability to provide our citizens with access to records and the resources they need to be active and engaged members of the community,” said Clerk Angel Colonneso.
“Maintaining transparency and equal access to public information is one of my core responsibilities as your Clerk of Court – and one I take very seriously. Therefore, every year we take this opportunity to continue to educate our employees on the laws about public records.”
The Manatee County Clerk’s Office staff wore yellow on Tuesday, March 15th, to celebrate Sunshine Week. Additionally, the staff has been undergoing its annual training on the Sunshine Law and Public Records.
While Sunshine Week is only once a year, Clerks uphold government transparency with accurate recordkeeping and efficient reporting every day.
Clerks are committed to serving the public and maintaining access to records and information. While Clerks provide a myriad of services for residents every day, granting records requests is among one of their greatest privileges.
About the Clerk’s Office
The Clerk of Circuit Court was established as a public trustee by the Florida Constitution in 1838. The Clerk of the Circuit Court serves as the Clerk of Courts, the Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, Auditor, Recorder, and Custodian of all County Funds. In Manatee County, the Clerk’s office also administers a local child support enforcement program, violence protection advocacy program, and Teen Court programs. Located at 1115 Manatee Avenue West in downtown Bradenton, the Courthouse is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Please be sure to visit our website at: www.manateeclerk.com.