The Florida Panthers will be getting a new publicly funded $4.2 million scoreboard and master control room, thanks to the Broward Commission.
The commission voted to allow Broward County's bed tax to pay for it -- which was the same exact tax the Miami Dolphins were asking for from Miami-Dade Count ... More >>
Amid growing alarm among Broward County's bureaucracies concerning the ownership of pit bulls -- and whether they should be banned -- scientific research offers a very different perspective on the animal.
According to a 2008 study, "Breed Differences in Canine Aggression," pit bulls are markedly le ... More >>
Parasailing is a hoot. It is also safe.So why can't Broward County decide on how to do it? Two spectacular deaths in Pompano Beach have made everyone a little gun shy.Good Morning America, Inside Edition, and many others have done studies and work that shows its safe -- if three major rules are foll ... More >>
The Broward Commission has passed an ordinance to require gas station signs to advertise the highest prices they charge, not the lower, cash-only prices. That reminded us of an episode last year, when "the most expensive gas station in America," Sun Gas in Orlando, was fined $250 a day for not revea ... More >>
If you vote in next week's Broward primary election, you'll be able to pick from a number of judges who are up for election. One of them is Ilene Lieberman, a Broward County commissioner who nearly fell to corruption charges before testifying against her friends for prosecutorial immunity.She's also ... More >>
What a difference a year or two makes.In November 2010, during a wave of Republican support, Broward County Mayor Ken Keechl was swept out of office despite a long and blistering attack on his opponent, Chip LaMarca, whom he outspent by nearly half a million dollars.People wondered why. Was it the d ... More >>
lametees.netThe Broward Commission gave the OK yesterday for $6,505,593 to come out of the Law Enforcement Trust Fund and be used for the purchase of a brand new helicopter for the Broward Sheriff's Office.The BSO already has three other helicopters -- the most recent one being purchased in M ... More >>
The Broward Commission will be deciding today whether the Broward Sheriff's Office gets $6,505,593 for a new helicopter.Sure, they already have three other helicopters -- the most recent one being purchased in March 2010 -- but the sheriff's office apparently needs a brand new one, because the three ... More >>
The Broward Commission voted yesterday to go through with its complaint to the Transportation Security Administration against the body scanners at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, but the conversation that took place before the vote apparently didn't quite satisfy some of ... More >>
TSAImages from the "backscatter" machine.The Broward Commission may request that the Transportation Security Administration go back to the old-school gropings pat-downs of passengers at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and ditch the use of body scanners.The item -- which was de ... More >>
Broward Vice Mayor Kristin Jacobs (left) and Mayor John Rodstrom.The Broward Commission voted unanimously to pick Vice Mayor John Rodstrom as the new Broward Mayor, replacing Sue Gunzburger to begin his one-year term.Kristin Jacobs' path to becoming the new vice mayor wasn't exactly a shoe-in. Sh ... More >>
The Broward Commission unanimously voted down a draft ordinance proposed by County Administrator Bertha Henry to require people to apply for and obtain permits to engage in "expressive activities" at county facilities -- a mandate that many members of the public see as a stab at the First Ame ... More >>
legaljuice.comWell, "everyone" may need a permit.The Broward Commission loves the First Amendment right of the people to assemble, as long as you get a permit two days in advance, don't bring tents or sound amplification, don't have more than the maximum people allowed, are out by 5 p.m., and don ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsNobody takes more sectarian pride in county lines than Florida -- where you would normally find city rivalries and geographic landmarks, we have a patchwork quilt of little sovereign empires dividing up the swamps. Heck, we even named our paper after some counties.So when the lat ... More >>
Wasserman-Rubin's mug shot.Prosecutors typically don't cite reporters as a source when they've built a criminal case, and today's indictment of Broward County Commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin is no different. So here's a little footnote.Today's charges would likely have never happened if not fo ... More >>
After the Miami Herald over the weekend broke a story on yet another Stacy Ritter vote that benefitted the lobbying business of her husband, Russ Klenet, I think it's time we had a one-stop shopping spot for all the alleged misdeeds of the Ritter-Klenets.
Because of its length, the post jumps. ... More >>
I've always thought of Broward Commission newcomer Ken Keechl, who now holds the position of Vice Mayor, as a benign force. Sure, he's subject to the wiles and temptations of Broward's ruling class like anyone else, and he's fallen prey at times to special interests. But he's sort of a goo ... More >>