Economic Development

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2014

    Woman Who Got Catcalled 108 Times Needs to Learn to Use Her Middle Finger

    So according to the internet, catcalls have become as pressing and dangerous an issue as the spread of ebola. The web is up in flailing arms over the complete and unacceptable horror of being hit on in the public realm by unattractives, possible perverts, maybe molesters, and total fucking creeps, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2014

    Could Ebola Kill Our Chocolate Supply?

    Last weekend on a flight from Fort Lauderdale International Airport to Chicago, a man felt queasy and fainted. As paramedics met him at the gate in the Windy City, the rumors spread through the plane: the man had Ebola. He had just come from Liberia. He was contagious. Of course no one actually knew ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 25, 2014
  • Blogs

    June 30, 2014

    Tickets on Sale for Sixth-Annual Tastemakers in Delray Beach

    The annual food and drink event known as Tastemakers in Delray Beach is back for its sixth year this August, and tickets go on sale this month. The event, organized by the Downtown Delray Beach Development Authority (DDA) in partnership with Delray Beach magazine, has officially announced the dates ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2013

    Walmart Supercenter Is Coming to Hollywood

    Miami city commissioners just approved a 203,000-square-foot, three-story Walmart superstore in Midtown, Miami last night. Not to be outdone, the retail leviathan just announced that Hollywood will also be getting its very own supermegabehemothverybig store come 2015. It's like Oprah decided to giv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2013

    Benzaiten Center, Lake Worth Arts Project, Played Tax Status Puffery with Public

    Misrepresenting your tax exempt status when dealing with the public and public officials? Not cool. Having the IRS make whole your puffery after the fact? Priceless. Just ask the folks at the Living Arts Foundation -- the Florida non-profit that is sponsoring the Benzaiten Center for the Arts, a $1. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2013

    Electronic Streetcar Coming to Broward County

    Streetcars conjure up visions of San Francisco, New Orleans, Uncle Ben's Rice, and that Marlon Brando movie where he pleads for his wife to return to him after he beats her. But now, it will also conjure up downtown Fort Lauderdale and, also, the future, because the Broward County Commission has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2013

    Marco Rubio Voted No on Fiscal Cliff Bill

    On the first ay of the brand new year, the House voted 257-167 to approve the Senate bill that would avoid major tax hikes and spending cuts and keep us all from falling over the so-called "fiscal cliff," which would've been a terrible way to start 2013. The GOPers wanted to amend the Senate's bill ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 23, 2012
  • News

    July 12, 2012
  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    Fort Lauderdale Streetcar a Terrible Idea, Cato Institute Says

    Last month, the Department of Transportation announced that it will fork over an $18 million TIGER grant for the first phase of Fort Lauderdale's proposed Wave Streetcar. The plan, which city officials have been molding since 2004, features a 10-station, 2.7-mile trolley-like system intended to shut ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    Palm Beach County Worker Accused of Cookin' the Books to Obtain Mortgage Through County

    Palm Beach County Sheriff's OfficeSylvia Sharps​For writing "$0.00" instead of "$16,482.75" under the "second job" column of her mortgage application, Palm Beach County employee Sylvia Loretta Sharps could face up to 35 years in prison, according to the State Attorney's Office.Sharps -- who most r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2011

    Deerfield Beach Special Election Is Today. Try to Avoid Voting for an Alleged Criminal This Time

    ​If you live in District 2 of Deerfield Beach, today is Election Day.Thanks to the fact that the last commissioner, Sylvia Poitier, has been suspended for allegedly falsifying public records a few times, today's special election will find someone to replace her for the rest of her term -- which en ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2011

    Deerfield Beach Commission Candidate Accused of Having Shady Past Using Public Funds

    churchofbrotherlylove.orgAnthony Davis (left) and his wife Margaret Davis​The city of Deerfield Beach is holding a special election on July 19 to replace former District 2 Commissioner Sylvia Poitier -- who's facing five misdemeanor counts of falsifying public documents -- and out of the four qual ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    Broward County Passes Model Ordinance to Regulate "Pill Mills" That Don't Actually Exist

    neglectedwar.comA pain management clinic, which doesn't exist in unincorporated Broward County​The Broward County Commission unanimously passed a new zoning and regulatory ordinance yesterday for pain management clinics in unincorporated areas of the county.This new ordinance requires all of the s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2011

    Allen West and John Boehner Fall Out Over Pakistan

    ​Allen West, writing to the chairwoman of the subcommittee on state, foreign operations, and related programs, CC'ing Boehner, Cantor, McCarthy, Hesarling, Rogers, Ros-Lehtinen, and McKeon:Dear Chairwoman:...It is not unreasonable for the American people to question. If Osama bin Laden was living ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    Embattled Stacy Ritter Back on the Fundraiser Trail

    Cal Deal Wild Art: Sheriff Al Lamberti at a pill mill protest Friday at the Galleria in Fort Lauderdale. Also pictured: Broward Commissioners Chip LaMarca (left of Lamberti) and Kristin Jacobs (far right). Thanks to Cal Deal for the photo. ​Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter may be in t ... More >>

  • News

    December 2, 2010

    Mexican Macro-Economics

    Do undocumented migrants steal jobs from American workers?

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2010

    Amendment 4? What's That? Citizen Campaign Struggles to Get the Facts Out

    Can they flip the debate?​Amendment 4 to the Florida Comprehensive Land Use Plans (Still reading? Congratulations!) is fairly simple: It would require that any changes to local land-use plans, such as those requested by developers, be put before voters before approval. Unfortunately, that informat ... More >>

  • News

    July 1, 2010
  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    Update on the Haitian Boy Receiving Treatment for the Massive Tumor on His Neck

    Michael J. MooneyEsthelhomme Peterson​ Last week we brought the story of Esthelhomme Peterson ("Peter"), the 12-year-old Haitian boy brought to the U.S. to get treatment for the massive growth on his neck. His transportation and treatment were arranged by a coalition that included Sen. George LeMi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2010

    Mentor to Deerfield Youth May Be in Trouble Over Dealings With City

    The Rev. Anthony Davis appears to be a pillar of society. His charity, Brotherly Love Social Services, mentors at-risk youth in Deerfield Beach. Davis was quoted today in the Sun-Sentinel, decrying how the image of the city's schools has been distorted by two violent incidents, the burning of Michae ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2010

    "That's Commissioner Chaz"

    God help us, Chaz Stevens has been appointed to the board of the Deerfield Beach Housing Authority. Not even a very loud "No!" from Commissioner Marty Popelsky (at 1:20 in the video above) could stop Stevens' rise to power.Of course, the activist blogger (he prefers "genius") played a crucial role i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2010

    Report: Deerfield Beach Moves to Secure Computers Used by Officials Named in Investigation

    A day after a forensic auditor told the Deerfield Beach Commission he'd found evidence of favoritism and fraud by officials in the city's Community Development Division, the city has asked the Broward Sheriff's Office to take custody of computers that belonged to two officials named in the audit rep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2010

    Tamarac Resident LeRoy Browne: You CAN Fight City Hall

    The potential view from Paradise?​Tamarac homeowner LeRoy Browne moved from Washington D.C. to Paradise Estates in the 1980s because he was looking for, well, Paradise. But now his heavenly retreat is threatened: Browne's house sits directly on a golf course that the city wants to rezone. The plan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2010

    Deerfield City Worker Tries to Swat Gadfly

    Flickr: arkworld​There's still no official word on what evils the forensic auditor found in its recent analysis of Deerfield Beach finances; but Chaz Stevens isn't the type to wait. Back on March 1, as that auditing firm was arriving in town, Stevens composed these lyrics, which he sent to city st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2010

    Hollywood's New CRA Director a Political Outsider

    The city of Hollywood has named a former Orlando official to lead its Community Redevelopment Agency. Tanja Gerhartz previously worked as the economic development director in Orlando. More recently, she had her own private consulting firm. If that means she's new to the South Florida political scene ... More >>

  • News

    July 10, 2008

    Naked Negotiation in Riviera Beach

    How a Riviera Beach official allegedly does business in a very warm climate

  • News

    July 26, 2007

    Towering Rage

    Luxury condo developers up the ante with critics

  • News

    April 19, 2007

    River of Greed

    The plan includes playing footsie with a controversial land baron and paving over a piece of the Everglades

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2007

    Who Killed Kenny's Project?

    Cynthia Berman-Miller, at far left, with Hollywood Commish Cathy Anderson (in purple), lobbyist Alan Koslow, and County Commish Sue Gunzberger (watch that hand, Al!) I'm going to be updating this damn bloggy beast all day long, but wanted to start with news coming from Hollywood that former state ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2006

    Activist Jailed In Riviera Beach

    Lozman Fane Lozman was arrested at Riviera Beach City Hall last night for ... speaking at a commission meeting. Lozman, the houseboat-living activist who has been fighting the city to stop their eminent domain effort for a massive redevelopment of the city's waterfront area, was called up to the pod ... More >>

  • News

    August 17, 2006
  • Blogs

    June 28, 2006

    Mayor Mara Answers Her Critics

    Our Leader Below is an e-mail from Hollywood Mayor Mara Giulanti responding to her many critics. The mayor was adding her voice to a series of e-mails that began about the Mach eminent domain victory over the city. She was responding, as best as I could tell, to an e-mail from Howard Sher, a long-ti ... More >>

  • News

    May 4, 2006

    Bulldozers Gone Wild

    Bad, CRA! Bad, Bad CRA!

  • News

    February 16, 2006

    Access Hollywood

    To be a development star in Hollywood, it’s all in who you know, baby

  • News

    March 17, 2005

    Urban Removal

    It's the same old story, critics say: displacing blacks to make way for whites

  • News

    March 3, 2005
  • Calendar

    August 14, 2003

    A Run on the Bank

    Attack of the Activists

  • News

    April 24, 2003

    Shakin' tha Foundation

    A pair of South Florida rappers takes on Cheney, Ashcroft, and Taco Bell

  • News

    August 15, 2002

    So Long, Skid Row

    The last days of a flophouse tell a tale of urban renewal's losers

  • News

    February 7, 2002

    A House Surrounded

    As the city spars with deep-pocketed developers, will a vertical horizon obscure the historic Stranahan House?

  • News

    September 13, 2001

    Almost Perfect

    The rise and fall of Perfection, South Florida's biggest and boldest New Urbanist community

  • News

    August 23, 2001

    Annexation Vexation

    The plan to bring Broward County's poor areas into the fold is full of holes

  • Best of BPB

    May 17, 2001
  • News

    July 27, 2000


    To Hyde Park Market They Merrily Go

  • Calendar

    December 2, 1999

    Home For the Holidays

    The Ninth Annual Victoria Park Holiday Home Tour

  • News

    October 14, 1999

    Burning Down the House

    After the closing of an apartment building for AIDS victims in Fort Lauderdale, the city's ability to oversee a multimillion-dollar, federally funded program is called into question

  • News

    February 25, 1999

    The People's Republic of Area A

    A group of neighborhood leaders prepares to declare independence and start Broward's first black-majority city

  • News

    January 29, 1998

    Going Postal

    The county's decision to spend big bucks on a shiny new federal post office has advocates of the poor hopping mad

  • More >>