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Florida Court Public Information Officers renames its Lifetime Achievement Award after Craig Waters

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Craig Waters

Recently retired Florida Supreme Court spokesperson Craig Waters is receiving another tribute to his nearly 40 years of service.

The Florida Court Public Information Officers organization is renaming its highest honor the “Robert Craig Waters Lifetime Achievement Award,” according to a statement.

“If any of you had the opportunity to work with Craig Waters when he was PIO for the Florida Supreme Court, then you already know why we renamed our award in his honor,” said Eunice Sigler, the public relations director for the 11th Judicial Circuit and past president of the FCPIO.

Waters founded the FCPIO in 2007 and served as its inaugural president. The group was charged in 2016 with creating a five-year statewide court communication plan.

Waters enjoyed his 15 minutes of world fame during the 2000 presidential recount.

But one of his biggest contributions was designing the Supreme Court website in 1994 – the first of its kind in the nation – at the direction of former Chief Justice Gerald Kogan. Waters also helped initiate live broadcasts and digital streaming of Supreme Court oral arguments.

Former Justice Rosemary Barkett hired the Pensacola native as a staff attorney in 1987, the year Waters graduated from the University of Florida law school. Waters retired in February.

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