South Carolina Freedom of Information Act
The City of Isle of Palms is committed to transparency of government action and operation, along with open access to public documents, as provided for in the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The city strives to grant access to public documents and records quickly and, in most cases, at no cost. The City publishes meeting agendas, approved minutes in accordance with the FOIA.
Written requests may be delivered via letter, facsimile, e-mail or other transmission means. Written requests should be precise and as specific as possible regarding details (names, dates, topics, etc.) to ensure an accurate response. Submit written requests to Desirée Fragoso, City Administrator at: P. O. Drawer 508, Isle of Palms, SC 2945, firstname.lastname@example.org or 843-886-8005 (fax).
The FOIA gives public bodies 10 working days, excluding weekends and legal holidays, to reply to written requests and make a determination about the release of documents and records. If the requested record is more than 2 years old, the deadline is 20 working days. Public bodies are required to produce the requested records within 30 calendar days from the date it responds that the request will be fulfilled.
FOIA requests that are particularly voluminous or time-consuming may result in charges to the requestor to recover the cost of public resources spent in fulfilling the request. Such charges shall not exceed the actual cost of searching for and/or providing access to or copies of the requested documents. An estimate of the cost may be provided on request, and a deposit may be required.
Schedule of Fees
In accordance with the FOIA, the City may charge the actual per hour dollar cost of staff time for searching, retrieving and redacting requested records.
Black & White copies: ¢.10 per page
Color copies: ¢.20 per page
CD or DVD copy: $5.00
If oversized documents or large quantities are sent to a third party for copying, the requestor will be charged the actual dollar amount of the invoice for the work.