When Palm Beach County two years ago awarded a subsidiary of Kellogg Brown & Root a share of a $668 million contract to build a new waste treatment facility, the company's anti-union ways were no secret. But KBR's was the cheapest of three competing proposals, so commissioners gave the firm the ... More >>
The Florida mortgage crisis has hit the Broward County Commission: Lighthouse Point Commissioner Chip LaMarca is facing foreclosure on his home after, records show, he stopped paying his second mortgage, per Gossip Extra."I've been on the phone with the bank and I'm hoping they'll work with me," LaM ... More >>
When we stop to remember Michael Garretson, we should never forget that the late School Board construction chief led the spending of a billion dollars a year in what was one of the largest and most damaging school building booms in Broward County history. For ... More >>
Broward Mayor Ken Keechl appears to be getting desperate. He's certainly getting dirty. A new low Keechl camp's last-ditch negative ad campaign goes to a new low. Of course he won't take credit for it since it comes from one of those late-date 527 slush committees funded by a ... More >>
Jeff Greene's ad campaign launched today, and despite his billionaire status, Pixar animations were left on the cutting room floor. Also absent from the two spots: Greene's "I took on Wall Street and won" slogan. With the campaign heating up, it looks like our badboy is reforming. "He's starting w ... More >>
Defective drywall from China is full of bacteria and fungus and, in at least one case, fecal matter.That's according to Spiderman S. Mulholland, an expert in building inspections. Mulholland says the drywall is so corroded with bacteria that it's likely causing health issues for those who live i ... More >>
Photo by C.StilesWith CityPlace South Tower in foreclosure, what is Related thinking?You have to hand it to the Related Group. No matter how bad the economy gets or how many ghost towers dot the skyline, the Miami real estate giant keeps looking for ways to make a buck. Here's the current philoso ... More >>
Experts use high tech gagetry to test drywall at WhitneyResidents at the Whitney in downtown West Palm Beach aren't particularly happy to know that they're living in one of the only condo buildings in Florida to have a suspected problem with Chinese drywall, at least so far. Especially since that ... More >>
Photo by C.StilesCityPlace South Tower is now in foreclosure.Miami-based real estate giant The Related Group has struggled to weather the housing bust, watching its massive Icon Brickell condo project on Biscayne Bay sit largely empty, while its CityPlace South Tower in West Palm Beach goes into ... More >>
Photo by C. StilesTao Sawgrass in Sunrise is owned by Corus.Behind some of the area's biggest condo ghost towers -- Tao Sawgrass in Sunrise and Trump International Hotel & Tower in Fort Lauderdale -- lies one very cash-strapped bank. Chicago-based Corus Bank has become a poster child for the ... More >>
When Ira Goldstein found out his house in Delray Beach was made with Photo providedGoldstein outside his home in Vizcaya.defective Chinese drywall, he did the first thing most people would do: He called the home's builder. And unlike most of those calls, this builder actually offered to help Goldste ... More >>
Photo providedLisset Sanchez-Schwartz and Ian Schwartz pose outside their newly purchased house in June 2007. They're now on the verge of losing the place.For many homeowners suffering with Chinese drywall, it's safe to say they wouldn't mind a chance to confront the builders who installed the defec ... More >>
So far, the problems with Chinese drywall in South Florida appear to have been confined to single-family homes. Sure, some entire developments, like Heron Bay in Parkland, might turn out to have been built with the defective drywall. But the reports of Chinese drywall in South Florida have so far be ... More >>
The only way to hang Chinese drywall.It's something of a cliché by now to think of Florida developers as the bad guys. But as homeowners start blaming them for the defective Chinese drywall rotting their homes, it is literally the stench that has led them to contractors.Not the developer's stench, ... More >>
It's this way for Chinese drywall.A couple of weeks ago, I wrote this story about homeowners who are searching for who's to blame for the Chinese drywall that's wrecking their homes. In the article, I referenced this deal being offered by South Florida-based Lennar home builder, which has agreed to ... More >>
Suddenly, "made in China" doesn't have a good ring to it.In the Hollywood-produced movie about the Chinese drywall controversy, I'm guessing the story will be broken wide open by Zac Efron as ace reporter Carl Bernstein Jr. That would be supercool for me and all the other Efron fans. But in real lif ... More >>
Crossing the Donald
Will Lauderdale Lakes commish Haynes' career crash on the reefs of fatherhood?
The patriarch of Waldrep Farm wouldn't go near the place nowadays. Will anybody else?
Confronted with evidence of influence peddling, a school board member tearfully claims she'll quit her job.
South Florida's housing bubble has popped, suckas! But the Donald still wants your millions for his condos.
International Swimming Hall of Fame
Pompano Beach Mayor Bill Griffin is, well, conflicted over the Swimming Hall of Fame deal
Letters for March 23, 2000
An F in economics. That's what the Broward County school board earned when they rushed to fire construction firm Church and Tower, only to be sued for millions.