Rothstein Auction, Dolphins Favors, and the Mystery Biker-Politico

[UPDATED: School board sources confirmed that former school construction chief Mike Garretson died today of heart failure at age 64. Garretson was a controversial figure at the School Board who steamrolled the construction boom that ended with the board $2 billion in debt and overbuilt with a projected 30,000-plus empty seats. See comments section for email announcing the news.]

The high roller for wheels at the Rothstein auction weren't there for pleasure -- it was business.

The auction wound up being delayed by the sheer number of registrants for more than an hour and a half. But once it started, it moved fast, with the cars and vessels going in a little over an hour for nearly $6 million -- money that is slated by the government to go to Rothstein's victims. 

Sources tell me that one man put in the high bid on three vehicles, including the Bugatti Veyron ($858,000), the Mercedes SLR McLaren convertible ($301,000), and the 1967 Corvette Stingray ($103,000). That's $1,262,000 total. The buyer: Gene Morales of Euro Motorsports, which has a high-profile showroom at 925 Broward Blvd.

Morales got a write-up recently for dealing cars to another Scott -- music producer Scott Storch. I got Morales on the phone shortly after the auction, and he told me he purchased the Bugatti for an "investor" before he had to meet a customer. He said he would pick up the conversation later, and I'll update when he does.

Now we see that Morales has already put the car up for auction on EBay with a minimum bid of $949,000.  

-- Well, we broke the story about BSO Comdr. Alvin Pollock and his inside role with the Miami Dolphins. Pollock, who works as a security guru for the football team at the same time he runs the sheriff's courthouse operations, reportedly escorted Dolphin Phillip Merling out a side door of the jail to avoid media and then gave him a ride home. Yesterday Sheriff Al Lamberti reassigned Pollock as the internal investigation continues. Tease: Now we're hearing that Pollock pulled strings with another governmental agency on behalf of another Dolphins star. Will report.

-- Finally, thought we'd end the day with some fun. After the jump, I have posted a photograph of a Broward County politician from his younger days. The first person who identifies the politician in the photograph will get a signed copy of "Florida Pulp Fiction," which I've found to be absolutely sensational bathroom reading. 

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Journalist Bob Norman has been raking the muck of South Florida for the past 25 years. His work has led to criminal cases against corrupt politicians, the ouster of bad judges from the bench, and has garnered dozens of state, regional, and national awards.
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