Corruption allegations involving Broward Health, Gov. Scott unsealed in whistleblower suit

By Dan Christensen
Florida Bulldog exclusively reported last year about 21st Century’s unprecedented 2012 contract to provide radiation oncology services at Broward Health, and how it was inked while the governor was an investor in a private-equity firm that owned 21st Century Oncology.

In Hialeah, money meant to feed poor kids pays for Las Vegas trip for city officials

By Francisco Alvarado
Two years ago, Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez signed off on spending $7,621 from a $10,000 corporate grant for feeding poor children. Instead, the money went to pay for airline tickets and posh hotel accommodations for himself, his chief of staff, a police detective and four other city employees to attend a parks and recreation conference in Las Vegas.

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Fort Lauderdale zoning vote on church’s expansion plans delayed again

UPDATE: Fort Lauderdale’s planning and zoning board will meet June 16 at 6:30 p.m. to decide whether to approve First Presbyterian’s proposed expansion plans. By Dan Christensen, Fort Lauderdale’s planning and zoning board can’t get its act together to take a vote on First Presbyterian Church’s controversial building plans in historic Colee Hammock. The […]

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Broward’s $1.5 billion no-bid trash deal under fire by cities

By Dan Christensen, The first shot was fired last week at Oakland Park City Hall in a brewing rebellion among Broward cities over the high cost of garbage disposal. County officials have offered a proposal they say will save the cities nearly $49 million a year over what they now pay to get rid […]

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All eyes on Romney Rogers in church’s zoning fight with neighbors

 UPDATE: May 19: Fort Lauderdale’s zoning board voted this evening to hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. on May 27 to decide whether to approve  First Presbyterian Church’s controversial expansion plans.    UPDATE, MAY 18: Wednesday’s expected vote by the Fort Lauderdale zoning board on First Presbyterian Church’s controversial expansion plans has been delayed. The reason: city officials have learned there won’t be enough […]

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It’s Forrest Gump vs. BP as Fort Lauderdale law firm looks to clean up on giant gulf spill

By Dan Christensen, As oil continues to gush from a severed pipeline on the Gulf of Mexico seabed, a consortium of law firms stretching from Fort Lauderdale to Texas is preparing for its own kind of cleanup. The first wave of more than a half-dozen lawsuits landed in federal court in New Orleans last week […]

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Former Chief Justice Wells failed to file required financial disclosure forms

By Dan Christensen, When former Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles T. Wells retired in March 2009 he did not file final financial disclosure forms required by state law and judicial canons. He belatedly did so this week after Broward Bulldog inquired about that omission. Supreme Court justices, like lower court judges and other […]

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Ex-Supreme Court chief justice approves ballot petition, gets hired by firm allied with its sponsor

By Dan Christensen, Weeks after casting the deciding vote to approve a controversial ballot petition in December 2008, former Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles T. Wells joined a law firm aligned with the petition’s sponsor. The high court’s 4-3 ruling gave life to a push by developers and statewide business interests – led […]

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Lobbyists, landowners seek a yummy slice of courthouse pie

By Dan Christensen, As Broward’s courthouse task force steamrolls ahead with its $328 million building plan for a new downtown government high-rise, it will have to do so without Broward Public Defender Howard Finkelstein. Finkelstein has resigned, claiming the task force established to assess the need for a new courthouse has morphed into a […]

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Fort Lauderdale church’s big expansion plans rile neighbors

By Dan Christensen, Three years ago, Fort Lauderdale’s First Presbyterian Church lost a fight with neighbors to build $25-million family center, parking garage and other facilities in the city’s historic Colee Hammock district. The defeat, however, wasn’t a knockout. The church goes back to the city’s planning and zoning board April 21 with a […]

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Broward-based boss of Jamaica’s brutal Shower Posse dies; politically connected drug gang lives on

By Dan Christensen, Vivian Blake’s peaceful death in a Kingston, Jamaica hospital bed March 21 is a grim contrast to his life steeped in violence – much of it in South Florida. Blake, formerly of Miramar, was a founder of the “Shower Posse,” a politically connected drug gang that got its name from the […]

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Conflict of interest shuts down lobbyist Ron Book’s work for bail industry

By Dan Christensen, Flagged by Broward officials for a conflict of interest, county lobbyist Ron Book has agreed to stop pushing for a new state law that county officials say would seriously undermine Broward’s pretrial intervention program and cost local taxpayers millions. The new law is being sought by another of Book’s clients, the […]

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