Peter Bober

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    October 31, 2013
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    July 8, 2013

    Hollywood Beach To Lose 800 Parking Spaces To Make Room For Margaritaville Resort Hotel

    Just when you thought finding parking in Hollywood Beach was a complete and total nightmare, it's about to get worse! And by "worse," we mean "abysmal." Because come midnight on Monday, the parking garage located at Johnson Street, along with an additional 200 other spaces, will be gone, all so th ... More >>

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    October 11, 2012
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    June 1, 2012

    Hollywood City Manager Doug Hewett Gets Paid $66,000 For Getting Arrested

    Hollywood City Manager Doug Hewett was arrested on DUI charges after a police officer reported Hewett was swerving on the way home from a male strip club on Easter Sunday. A meeting this morning was held to figure out what was going to happen to him after Mayor Peter Bober called for his r ... More >>

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    September 29, 2011

    State Attorney's Office Drops Investigation of Former Hollywood Manager Cameron Benson

    ​Chalk one up for former Hollywood City Manager Cameron Benson and zero so far for the anonymous citizen who accused him of corruption in two letters sent to city commissioners this spring.The letters accused Benson of accepting a bribe from WastePro, which went on to win the city's waste-hauling ... More >>

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    July 26, 2011

    Hollywood's Water Tower, Much Like Its Budget Office, Can't Get Its Numbers Straight

    ​Two construction workers fall into the cavernous metal tank, suffering serious injuries. Five Tongan workers are among the people tasked with a $600,000 restoration and painting project. When the city announces a surprise $10 million budget shortage that it failed to report, people complain about ... More >>

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    July 5, 2011

    Cameron Benson, Former Hollywood City Manager, Gets $300K Severance Deal

    Miami HeraldCameron Benson​Last month, longtime Hollywood City Manager Cameron Benson caught heat in public from Mayor Peter Bober, who had made sport of publicly shaming his chief bean counters since a May revelation that the city was millions of dollars further in debt than it had disclosed.Bens ... More >>

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    June 16, 2011

    Hollywood City Manager, Under Investigation by Feds, Bails Before He Can be Fired​Hollywood City Manager Cameron Benson didn't want last night's commission meeting to be his political funeral, so he made the decision to quit during a meeting recess.Benson was taking a lot of heat from Mayor Peter Bober for a few things yesterday -- a $10.3 million budget defici ... More >>

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    June 3, 2011

    Hallandale Neighbors in a Schvitz About Proposed New Charter School

    Deutsch​Around 100 Hallandale Beach residents who live near the Hallandale Jewish Center have signed a petition opposing the opening of a new K-8 charter school on the site. The school would be run by the Ben Gamla Charter School, which already has locations in Hollywood and Sunrise.Broward Bulldo ... More >>

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    December 28, 2010

    Is JenJen's School The Whitest In South Broward?

    You've probably read about the construction of Broward School Board Member Jennifer Gottlieb's pet school in Hollywood that wasn't needed at all but still cost taxpayers some $25 million and ruined a neighborhood park. Gottlieb​The school, Beachside Montessori Village (which is ne ... More >>

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    May 17, 2010

    In Hollywood, Politicians' Kids Get a Private School Education on the Public Dime

    Activists in South Hollywood recently staged a funeral for their park, part of which was leased for what's become a controversial school project.​Normally, a minority-dominated low-income neighborhood like South Hollywood would have reason to cheer the arrival of a new school, especially one that ... More >>

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    May 14, 2010

    Food Events on the Radar

    ​• The old phrase, "Take me out to the ball game" is going to have to be changed to "Take me out of the ball game" after Sunday's Marlins vs. Mets game. That's the Marlins are offering discounted "All You Can Eat Seats" for the throw down. This Club Level section of seats will offer fans complet ... More >>

  • News

    August 27, 2009

    A Monument to Waste

    How the School Board turned a community park into a $25 million black hole.

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    June 18, 2009

    Cause of Fire That Damaged Hollywood Mayor's Law Office Under Investigation

    A street shot of the office building that houses Bober's law officeA fire at the building that houses the law office of Hollywood Mayor Peter Bober is being investigated by police for possible arson.According to a Hollywood Fire Department spokesman, Mark Steele, a fire struck in the upper floors of ... More >>

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    February 6, 2009

    Hollywood Mayor Bober: Fort Lauderdale, Give Us Our Sand!

    Beach erosion has been a problem in South Florida at least since the Army Corps of Engineers created the Intracoastal Waterway last century.  Under natural circumstances, winds and waves push sand down the coast, gently and perpetually southward.  But wherever there's a man-made jetty that ... More >>

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    February 5, 2009

    Lobbyists a Wedge Issue in Hollywood

    Maybe Hollywood Commissioner Beam Furr is right that an ordinance to ban private commissioner meetings with lobbyists is "unconstitutional." But it's still a shrewd move by Mayor Peter Bober and Commissioner Heidi O'Sheehan to champion the legislation. Or rather, to force their less savory colleague ... More >>

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    February 2, 2009

    No Drama in Hollywood

    After the hero vanquishes the villain, it's usually our cue to leave the theater. And so it is with Hollywood politics. Peter Bober (right), the fresh-faced, sweet-talking protagonist who in lieu of a Bat-mobile drove a Segway, toppled the tyrannical regime of Mara Giulianti a year ago. Say what you ... More >>

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    January 16, 2009

    Another Newspaper Falls Into Bankruptcy

    The Minneapolis Star Tribune followed the Tribune Co. and went into Chapter 11 bankruptcy today. Remember, Miami Herald parent McClatchy, in the only good move it has made in several years, sold the Strib, as it is called, for $530 million back in 2006. The newspaper's story includes some inter ... More >>

  • News

    January 15, 2009

    The Fourth Estate Sale

    Decimated by corporate overlords, the only hope for our local newspapers may be the auction block.

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    December 3, 2008

    'Tis the Season for A Mara-cle!

    During her 20-year reign as the grande dame of Hollywood, Mara Guilianti had many pet projects, but perhaps none that she adored more than the Holocaust Documentation and Education Center, a museum that moved from North Miami to downtown Hollywood last year, thanks in large part to Giulianti's hustl ... More >>

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    August 28, 2008
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    July 3, 2008

    Manee Nanny

    Coddle the Cows

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    February 7, 2008
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    January 30, 2008
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    January 29, 2008
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    January 24, 2008

    Hush, Money

    Nobody's talking about the Hollywood Beach Resort, but campaign contributions scream Next Big Thing

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    January 22, 2008
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    January 9, 2008
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    October 25, 2007
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    March 12, 2007

    It's All Better Now

    Mara Wants "Transparency" Mayor Mara Giulianti, after decades of being against any type of ethics in government at all, has finally seen the light. In her "Facets of the Diamond" column in the puffy South Florida Sun-Times the Hollywood honchess breaks the news that she is now recommending a new "E ... More >>

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    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 >>

  • News

    February 8, 2007

    Heartbreak Hotel

    It's the end of an era on Hollywood Beach, where small, cheap motels are all that stand in the way of another playground for the wealthy

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    January 18, 2007

    Skeletons in Mara's Closet (Or Backyard)

    A friend just pointed out what he called the quote of the month. I say it might be the quote of the year in local politics. It appears in Todd Wright's story in the Miami Herald about a contentious Hollywood Commission meeting and it comes from the mouth of Commissioner Cathy Anderson. Here's the ke ... More >>

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    November 16, 2006

    Hooray for Hollywood

    Even with a housing bust and bad court verdicts, the show goes on.

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    October 5, 2006

    Die Bold, Die Wussy

    An Invitation to Steal an Election

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    September 14, 2006

    Turkey for Builders

    Hollywood Commission meetings are a dysfunctional family feast for developer pals.

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    June 22, 2006

    Good Jim Good

    -- Good Jim reared his head in the Miami Herald today. Todd Wright quotes Mayor Jim Naugle: "I think the ugliest side of local politics are the developers and vendors give thousands of dollars to candidates. For that money they get access. If you got a major contributor, you are going to return th ... More >>

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    April 21, 2006

    Toppling the Tower of Babble

    There's been a lot of controversy lately regarding the New Times' takeover of the Village Voice and the resulting carnage at the legendary weekly in New York. Blood has been spilled, great reporters have left or been fired, a lot of people are concerned. I don't pretend to understand what's happen ... More >>

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    February 23, 2006

    Slush Money

    Hollywood sets aside big money for its friends and doesn't want you to know

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    February 16, 2006

    Access Hollywood

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

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    December 22, 2005


    Crackin' Crack

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    September 23, 2004
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    September 9, 2004
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    September 2, 2004
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    July 29, 2004

    River of Sludge

    Sure, Hollywood's sewage plan is dirty. It pollutes the Everglades too.

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    July 15, 2004

    Telltale Hearts

    To follow the wrongdoing in Hollywood's sewage deal, just watch the drama unfold

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    April 15, 2004

    Ooh, That Smell

    Hollywood commish profits on biowaste

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    February 28, 2002
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    July 5, 2001


    SunCruzs problems are much deeper than you think they are

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    March 8, 2001

    Hollywood No!

    Hollywood lost last fall's referendum by siphoning cash to political cronies, sending out armed cops, and failing to win over the Broward sheriff

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