A successful pro se litigant may recover reasonable costs under this section. Weeks v. Golden, 764 So. 2d 633 (Fla. 1st DCA 2000); Wisner v. City of Tampa Police Department, 601 So. 2d 296 (Fla. 2d DCA 1992). And see Weeks v. Golden, 846 So. 2d 1247 (Fla. 1st DCA 2003) (awarding costs associated with postage, envelopes and copying, as well as filing and service of process fees, incurred by inmate who prevailed in public records lawsuit). Accord Yasir v. Forman, 149 So. 3d 107 (Fla. 4th DCA 2014). As amended in 2017, s. 119.12(1), F.S., provides that, if a civil action is filed against an agency to enforce the provisions of this chapter the court shall assess and award the reasonable costs of enforcement including reasonable attorney fees against the responsible agency if the court determines that the agency unlawfully refused to permit a public record to be inspected or copied and the complainant provided written notice of the public records request to the agency’s custodian of public records at least 5 business days before filing the civil action.
Joe’s Comments: I lost on procedural grounds 13 lawsuit, Koberlein and Kennon were better lawyers that I was. The Judges went with procedure instead of the law. And we still are denying public records to this very day.