Call it Boca Raton's chicken and egg. On the one hand: More and more cars are coming through the city's downtown, so finding a parking space has become difficult. On the other, more cars means the city gives more parking tickets when folks are staying too long. The solution? Parking meters! See al ... More >>
Oh, hey, good news, everyone. Homeless people dying for no good reason is a bad thing, Pensacola has decided. So the city is going to go ahead and repeal its "camping ordinance." On Tuesday, we told you about its law that made it a crime for homeless people to cover themselves with blankets. But ... More >>
Nadine Whiteman loves Trader Joe's. The former New Yorker used to shop at the organic market, which features fair-priced produce, cheap wine, and private-label foods. A nurse living in Hollywood, Whiteman misses her trips to Trader Joe's so much that she's started a campaign to bring the store to ... More >>
Earl Rynerson, who's running for Fort Lauderdale mayor (again) against current Mayor Jack Seiler, deployed an interesting campaign strategy in his effort to get elected -- admittedly convincing someone else to run for mayor to force a primary election.Rynerson doesn't specifically use the word, b ... More >>
Photos by Stefan KamphThe Pulp tried to attend last night's meeting of the Southwest Ranches town council, but BSO Deputy Lee Roselli and Cmdr. Wallace Haywood wouldn't let us inside the council chambers. So we remained outside with the 50 or so local residents who were loudly protesting an immig ... More >>
flickriver.comProbably not the teacher's petApparently elementary school teachers don't like getting loaded guns as presents from their 8-year-old students or their grandmothers.Regardless, that's what Palm Beach County School District officials are saying happened at the Allamanda Elementary ... More >>
The Miami HeraldCameron BensonCameron Benson has worked for the City of Hollywood since 1995 and as city manager since 2002. Historically, he has shunned attention -- newspapers are still referencing interviews he gave in 1995 -- despite periodic allegations of questionable behavior.He's known ar ... More >>
BSO Talabisco's mug shot UPDATED: The arrest affidavit for just-arrested Tamarac Mayor Beth Flaunsbaum-Talabisco lays out an intricate plot to deliver the 2006 mayoral election to the 57-year-old politician. Blacktie South Florida Talabisco and Lieberman before ... More >>
There's a mysterious force at work in the Plantation City Council races -- and they call him the Jedi.The Jedi is being blamed for a recent negative ad on council candidate Lynn Stoner, who is getting backing by certain Republicans. The ad, which attacks Stoner's dismal voting record, comes with no ... More >>
timsmith.comImagine a society in which citizens must work to air their grievances, where every complaint to city hall requires a bit of physical effort. Would this weed out the gadflies? Apparently not.Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler's new "mobile office hours" involve a monthly jog/walk throug ... More >>
Photo: City of Hallandale BeachMayor Cooper says Kessel played a role in the city's purchase of land at Sunset Park.It's been awfully hard to get Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper to talk about the consulting contract that her city manager gave to real estate agent Joe Kessel in 2008. When I reac ... More >>
FlickrJoy CooperHallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper says she was aware that a real estate agent, Joe Kessel, had been contracted by the city manager as a consultant, but Cooper refused to answer a question about whether that consultant should have disclosed his contract before testifying in support ... More >>
Photo by C. StilesCityPlace South Tower is next door to the convention center.Here's a riddle of government wisdom: Palm Beach County commissioners have been itching for a hotel to prop up the convention center in downtown West Palm Beach for years. Industry experts warn that the center will neve ... More >>
Time To Engage UsA new wave of how local government works with people in communities around the nation is happening. In several large metropolitan areas such as San Francisco, New York, and Seattle, mobile phone applications that allow users to submit trouble reports to municipalities for repair ... More >>
EggelletionFormer Broward County Commissioner Josephus Eggelletion has agreed to enter a guilty plea in the federal corruption case against him.UPDATE: Just got off the phone with Eggelletion's former colleague, Commissioner John Rodstrom. "I think it's just a tragedy," he said of Eggelletion's f ... More >>
Why go through all the trouble of vetting a company that wants a big pile of cash from the town when the town has a high-ranking official who can vouch for them?If you said "conflict of interest" then congratulations! But you'll never make it in Jupiter.Today's South Florida Business Journal has an ... More >>
DeetjenYes, that Larry Deetjen -- the former Deerfield Beach city manager who was practically joined at the hip with mayor-turned-felony-suspect Al Capellini. Despite rumors that Deetjen would be swooping back around to take his old job back from Mike Mahaney -- Mayor Peggy Noland doesn't like th ... More >>
Flickr user: ZenTravelerGovernments all over the country are slashing their budgets to survive the New Depression. Last month, the city of Pembroke Pines took the drastic step of axing its entire building department -- laying off at least 33 employees, and outsourcing building inspection duties t ... More >>
Wilton Manors is strapped for cash, but the city gives a developer a $160,000 discount on fees.
Mike Mahaney, the Deerfield Beach city manager who has been straddling a political fault line since the March 10 municipal election, is in danger of being fired at tonight's special meeting of the Deerfield Beach City Commission, according to a source.There's no mention of Mahaney on the agenda rele ... More >>
Flickr user: HeneghanYour money, wasted by Palm Beach County officials.How corrupt is Palm Beach County government? A grand jury report released today counts the ways. From overpriced land deals to shady bond underwriting practices, to slush funds that allow public officials to spend millions on the ... More >>
hallandalebeach.orgMike GoodWell, it sure looks like a sweetheart deal. In 2008, Mike Good, city manager of Hallandale Beach, collected a gross income of $422,000 and change.I say "looks" only because thus far, neither Good nor Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper, who signs Good's contracts, has retur ... More >>
In Deerfield Beach, they don't do Democrats and Republicans. Rather, you've got the Indicted Party, which nominated Al Capellini, who resigned as mayor last month after corruption charges were filed against him. And you've got the Nearly Indicted Party, which recently chose Jean Robb as its nominee. ... More >>
A sure-fire technique to rile a city: Accuse people of anti-Semitism
Investigating a gun-slinging city commissioner and the mayor who hides in the bathroom
Even with a housing bust and bad court verdicts, the show goes on.
Thanks to Chaz Stevens for pointing out the slogan of TransMedia, the firm hired by Mayor Al Capellini to combat bad press about his dubious dating and business habits: "What can we SPIN for you today?" Another TransMedia client is Walter Shaw, the famed jewel thief and cat burglar of West Palm. Th ... More >>
We objected to John Canada's abuse of power. But the state didn't.
The scam artists/malfeasants come at you in waves in South Florida
Things are changing in Southwest Ranches, but the outlaws are in charge
Fort Lauderdale city employees'wearing gags
Did one of Broward's biggest developers rip off Parkland residents and pay off the mayor?
And you thought Mayor Griffin's other transgressions were worthy of indictment
Pompano Beach Mayor Bill Griffin is, well, conflicted over the Swimming Hall of Fame deal
Pompano Beach's top dog managed to gag his chief tormentor by playing politics
Letters for August 16, 2001
American Heritage School survives despite near financial collapse, angry neighbors, and a questionable relationship with a Plantation politician
With politicians in its pocket and more than a few violations under its belt, SunCruz sails into a port near you
Coming soon to a courtroom near you: dueling conspiracy theories that pit Fort Lauderdale's finest against their political bosses. One certain verdict: There's a price to pay for tangling with civic activist Sonny Irons.
The ACLU will file suit against Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle for his proposed prayer meeting in the city commission chambers.