Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s son rose to the top skirting lobbying rules, critics say

Mayor Carlos Gimenez, right, and his son, Carlos Gimenez Jr.

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
As his father rose to power from county commissioner to strong mayor, Carlos Gimenez Jr. has climbed his way to the upper echelon of South Florida’s lobbying corps representing prominent clients like Donald Trump, the PGA Tour and American Traffic Solutions, the nation’s largest red-light camera operator.

Gov. Scott’s undisclosed interest – via First Lady – in Zika mosquito control company

Gov. Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has an undisclosed financial interest in a Zika mosquito control company in which his wife, Florida First Lady Ann Scott, owns a multi-million dollar stake through a private investment firm she co-owns.

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U.S. Rep. Graham asks Gov. Scott to call special session on Lake O crisis

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
In a sharply worded rebuke of Rick Scott, U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham (D-FL) urged the governor to call a special legislative session to deal with the toxic algae bloom discharges from Lake Okeechobee threatening the state’s ecosystem as well as the tourism and fishing industries.

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The release of the 28 pages isn’t the last word in the search for who was behind 9/11

The 28 pages originally were censored from the 2003 report of Congress's Joint Inquiry into 9/11.

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
It took 13 years and enormous public pressure to force President Obama to order the release of the suppressed chapter from Congress’s Joint Inquiry report about apparent Saudi support for the 9/11 suicide hijackers. Those 28 pages, however, aren’t nearly the last word about the people and events behind 9/11.

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The Miami fight over right to sue to block controversial development

A rendering of planned development on Watson Island

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
A proposed amendment to Miami’s charter that would help a series of lawsuits aimed at stopping controversial mega-projects on public waterfront land has drawn fierce opposition from City Attorney Victoria Mendez. Amendment supporters, on the other hand, accuse Mendez of running interference because she fears the lawsuits — if allowed to move forward — would expose her office’s role in violating the city charter, breaking Florida’s public records law and feeding misinformation to city commissioners.

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Miami-Dade Commission to vote on multi-million dollar Liberty Square redevelopment

A rendering from Miami's proposed Liberty Square redevelopment project

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Three years after taking over the affordable-housing division of a scandalous company that defrauded $26 million from the federal government, Atlantic Pacific Communities is still dealing with the fallout.

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Push to block Sabal Trail gas pipeline looks to enlist U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Sabal Trail pipeline opponents handed out signs and leaflets in Live Oak on April 21. Photo: John S. Quarterman

By Jake Galvin and Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
In an escalating effort to block the controversial Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline, opponents are asking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to examine allegations that information about potential environmental hazards was overlooked during the regulatory process.

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Florida DEP sought little public input about plan to allow more toxins in state waters

everglades

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
With minimum public input, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has been working for four years on a proposal that could let more cancer-causing toxins be released into the state’s surface waters. Most Floridians have been kept in the dark regarding the plan that will cause great harm to the state’s aquatic environment, residents and visitors, according to activists and some elected officials.

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Report: ChildNet Broward is failing, ‘urgent’ need to fix county’s child welfare system

childnet

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Burdened with high caseloads and mired in millions of dollars in debt, the lead agency in Broward’s child welfare system is failing. That’s the gist of a 15-page state task force report obtained by FloridaBulldog.org about ChildNet Broward, the nonprofit that received $67 million from Florida’s Department of Children & Families (DCF) this year to provide community-based child welfare services.

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FOIA lawsuit disputes 9-11 Review Commission effort to discredit sensational FBI report

FBI Director James Comey, second from right,  is flanked by 9/11 Review Commissioners Tim Roemer, right, Ed Meese and Bruce Hoffman, far left. Photo: FBI

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Two blue ribbon government panels on 9/11, two approaches to public accountability. The 9/11 Commission held a dozen public hearings before issuing its report in 2004. Last year’s lesser known FBI 9/11 Review Commission was more secretive. A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday in Miami seeks access to its records that the FBI has refused to release.

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Broward’s Inspector General probes Hallandale Beach CRA – again

Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper is flanked on the left by Commissioners Keith London and Michele Lazarow and on the right by Commissioners Bill Julian and Anthony Sanders. The commission also sits at the city CRA's board of directors

By William Gjebre
FloridaBulldog.org
The Broward County Inspector General’s Office has launched another inquiry into Hallandale Beach’s Community Redevelopment Agency, three years after finding the city “grossly mismanaged” millions of dollars in CRA funds.

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