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ST. LUCIE COUNTY -- For the second consecutive year, the St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners has earned a Sunny Award from the Sunshine Review, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to government transparency.
The award, which honors the most transparent government websites in the nation, went to 250 government entities with Florida receiving the most Sunny Awards.
St. Lucie County was one of 11 Florida counties, including Okeechobee County and the Indian River County School District, to receive the A+ rating.
For its fourth annual awards, the editors at Sunshine Review analyzed more than 1,000 qualifying government websites and graded each on a 10-point transparency checklist. Editors looked at content available on government websites against what should be provided. They sought information on items such as budgets, meetings, lobbying, financial audits, contracts, academic performance, public records and taxes.
"The Sunny Awards recognize governments that make transparency a priority. The winners of the Sunny Awards are cities, counties and school districts that proactively share the public information that empowers citizens and keeps government accountable to the people," said Michael Barnhart, president of Sunshine Review.
The Sunny Awards announcement falls during the annual of "Sunshine Week," March 10-16, a period nationally recognized by hundreds of media and civic organizations that celebrates the efforts of activists and the strides taken towards open government.
Sunshine Review is a nonprofit organization dedicated to state and local government transparency. Sunshine Review collaborates with individuals and organizations throughout America in the cause of an informed citizenry and a transparent government. Since its inception in 2008, Sunshine Review has analyzed the websites of all 50 states and more than 7,000 state and local entities.
For more information, visit http://sunshinereview.org/index.php/2013_Sunny_Awards.
For more information about St. Lucie County, visit www.stlucieco.gov.