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2006 Media Coverage of the Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court


December 31, 2006
St. Petersburg Times: County admits fault in auction of condo

by Christina Silva
CLEARWATER – Pinellas county officials have conceded they were acting unlawfully when they neglected to contact more than 900 time-share owners of a Pass-a-Grille condominium before they auctioned it off in a tax deed sale in November, according to court documents....
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December 30, 2006
St. Petersburg Times: They look like clerks checks, but they're fake

CLEARWATER – Pinellas County Sheriff's Officials were investigating a dozen instances since December 22, in which people have cashed fraudulent checks that appeared to be from the County Clerk of Circuit Court's Office ...
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December 30, 2006
Tampa Tribune: Fraudulent Checks Have Been Cashed

CLEARWATER – They look official, but they are not...
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December 29, 2006
Tampa Bay's 10 (Channel 10 News): County warns of bogus check scam

CLEARWATER – Pinellas County issued a warning Thursday about fake checks that appear to be written by the County Clerk's Office...
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December 21, 2006
Clearwater Gazette: Clerk of the Circuit Court, Ken Burke, Certified by Florida Supreme Court

Honorable Ken Burke was recently named as one of Florida's certified elected clerks of the Circuit Court by the Florida Supreme Court. Burke, Clerk, of Pinellas County, achieved certification along with six other Clerks of the Circuit Court who took office in 2005...
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December 1, 2006
Inside Pinellas (Pinellas County Channel 18 News): Pinellas County Gears up to Host First – Ever Group Wedding…

CLEARWATER – Want a wedding like Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes but don’t have the movie star budget? Pinellas County may be able to help…
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November 30, 2006
St. Petersburg Times: Group wedding set for Valentine's Day

CLEARWATER – Thanksgiving is barely over, but it's not too early to start thinking about Valentine's Day - if you plan to get married next year. That's because Pinellas Clerk of Circuit Court Ken Burke will perform a group wedding ceremony...
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November 16, 2006
Tampa Bay Newspapers, Largo Leader: Commission seeks ban on crematoriums

by Dave Shelton
LARGO – Only allowing crematoriums in industrial land-use zones isn't enough for city commissioners...
(Clerk's Director of Internal Audit, Bob Melton, speaks to the City of Largo's Commissioners about the benefits of having an independent auditor. Bob Melton's quote is highlighted in the Adobe Acrobat version below.)
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Printable Adobe Acrobat (PDF), HERE.

July 20, 2006
Tampa Bay Newspapers; Beacon, Leader, Bee & Citizen: Clerk's Office Prepares Record Summons

CLEARWATER – Call it a case of jury summons ad nauseam.
Bracing for a civil negligence trial expected to begin in early September, county officials are preparing to send out about 2,500 jury summons, possibly the most ever issued in the county for any trial....
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Printable Adobe Acrobat (PDF), HERE.

May 27, 2006
Bay News 9: Fighting ID theft

CLEARWATER – Identity theft is a huge problem in Florida, with the state being ranked by the Federal Trade Commission as one of the 10 worst states for ID theft....
READ THE COMPLETE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.

May 25, 2006
The Clearwater Gazette & Beach Views: Pinellas County Clerk Recognized for Outstanding Service to Citizens and Courts

CLEARWATER – Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court, Ken Burke was honored with the Liberty Bell Award from the Clearwater Bar Association at the Bar's 45th Law Day Luncheon and Annual Meeting at the Harborview Center in downtown Clearwater today.....
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May 20, 2006
The St. Petersburg Times: Law Day event honors best in and outside the field

CLEARWATER – Keynote speaker, Charlie Rose made it clear to the attorneys and judges gathered at the annual Law Day lunch Friday: The rule of law is in great danger in our country.....
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May 4, 2006
Tampa Bay Newspapers; Beacon, Leader, Bee & Citizen: Company charges nearly $60 for $2.50 certified deed copy

PINELLAS COUNTY – Many county residents have received an official-looking letter emphasizing the government’s recommendation to keep a certified copy of property deeds.....
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April 27, 2006
The Clearwater Gazette & Beach Views: Residents Cautioned of Unnecessary, Pricey "Convenience"
Private company charges nearly $60 for $2.50 certified deed copy. Many Pinellas County residents have received an official-looking letter emphasizing the government's recommendation to keep a certified copy of property deeds. The private company sending the letter hopes residents will see the value in paying $59.95 for a document they can obtain from the Clerk's office for about $2.50, according to Ken Burke, Clerk of the Circuit Court....
READ THE COMPLETE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.

April 26, 2006
Tampa Bay's 10 News WTSP: Warning: The truth about certified property deeds

Clearwater, Florida - The Pinellas County Clerk of Courts has a warning for homeowners -- don't be fooled by a private company offering certified copies of property deeds....
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April 25, 2006
Tampa Bay Business Journal: Tampa Bay residents warned on deed "convenience" pitch

A private company is charging nearly $60 for a certified deed copy that actually costs $2.50, the Pinellas County Clerk said Tuesday in a release...
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April 19, 2006
Tampa Bay Newspapers; Beacon, Leader, Bee & Citizen: Official concerned about Internet records

CLEARWATER - Internet access to public records raises privacy and identity theft concerns. Official and court records are open to and readily available to citizens...
READ THE COMPLETE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.

March 2006
Pinellas 18; Pinellas County Television: An Interview with Ken Burke (streaming video)*; "How to Remove Your Personal Information from Public Records"

*You will need video software that supports RealVideo format to watch the video, RealPlayer software, which can be download here. This software is free - the free version that supports playlists is called "RealPlayer 10 Basic."

This service streams live and archived video of Pinellas 18, a Pinellas County government division. This service increases citizen access to the public meetings and other informative films that are televised on Pinellas 18. Streaming video can be viewed from anywhere in the world via the Internet.
WATCH THE COMPLETE INTERVIEW HERE.

Fall 2005
Trustee Quarterly: Ken Burke: Putting Wings on Dreams

by Len Lazarick
Ken Burke was not your typical community college student at St. Petersburg Junior College, which he attended right after high school. While there, Burke, ACCT's new chair, founded a "Circle K" service club...
READ THE COMPLETE FEATURE ARTICLE HERE.

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