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Has developer-dominated Fort Lauderdale DDA taxing district outlived its usefulness?

Sunday, February 17th, 2019

By Noreen Marcus
FloridaBulldog.org
Republican State Rep. Chip LaMarca, wants to extend the life of the Fort Lauderdale Downtown Development Authority until 2050. DDA critics are not happy.
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Is Florida’s prison diet strictly kosher? Who knows? U.S. monitor has backed off

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

By Noreen Marcus
FloridaBulldog.org
Court oversight of Florida’s kosher diet program, prison variety, appears to be dissolving like a sugar cube in hot tea.
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High-living Roger Stone, search warrants and more than $1 million in unpaid income taxes

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The day before the FBI arrested Roger Stone during a pre-dawn raid at his rented, canal-front home in ritzy Las Olas Isles, the presiding U.S. magistrate authorized a pair of sealed search warrants…
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Builder of collapsed FIU pedestrian bridge had troubling construction failure at Port Everglades

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Two months after last year’s fatal FIU pedestrian bridge collapse in Miami, the company that built the bridge was responsible for a troubling construction failure at Port Everglades.
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BSO, County Auditor probe out-of-control P-Card spending by Port Everglades employees

Thursday, January 17th, 2019

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A Port Everglades plumber was fired, another quit and current and former port public works employees are under suspicion amid a quiet investigation into apparent out-of-control spending using county credit cards.
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Federal Elections Commission reopens corruption case against ex-U.S. Rep. David Rivera

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
The Federal Elections Commission will get another crack at holding former Miami congressman David Rivera accountable for his role in an infamous South Florida campaign scandal.
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Construction giant Odebrecht goes after former top So. Fla execs for stealing trade secrets

Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Odebrecht, the controversial global conglomerate that has an extensive portfolio of big-ticket government construction projects across Florida, is accusing three of its former top South Florida executives of pillaging trade secrets, company data and clients over the last two years.
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Broward’s elections chief misled ethics commission about Scott’s sham blind trust

Wednesday, December 26th, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Gov. Rick Scott’s newly appointed Broward elections boss was a staunch defender for Scott’s sham blind trust, and falsely told the Florida’s ethics commission five years ago that it was “modeled on” a federal blind trust.
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White property owners get full refunds for streetcar snafu, black community’s CRA takes hit

Monday, December 17th, 2018

By Noreen Marcus
FloridaBulldog.org
Fort Lauderdale killed the controversial Wave streetcar in May and earlier this month the city announced that about $10 million in tax refund checks will go out on Feb. 1 to downtown property owners who paid a special tax to help build it. But a local agency created to clean up slum and blight that also kicked in heavily will up to $3 million hit.
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Big-name founders of Miami’s U.S. Century Bank in big-money fight with bank’s board

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
U.S. Century Bank, founded by big-name Miami developers and businessmen, has a turbulent history. Now it and appears headed for even more turmoil.
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Sunday, December 9th, 2018

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SFWMD’s last minute move to extend sugarcane lease triggers hearing demand

Friday, December 7th, 2018

By Katherine Lewin
FloridaBulldog.org
Nineteen years ago, the South Florida Water Management District bought 16,158 rural acres south of Lake Okeechobee leased for sugar cane farming as part of the massive Everglades restoration project. But one night last month, just hours before the district’s morning meeting, a resolution was quietly added to the governing board’s agenda that would extend the lease to a subsidiary of Florida Crystals, delaying restoration for as long as eight years.
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Who were pedophile Epstein and prosecutor Acosta protecting with ‘bizarre’ deal?

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

By Noreen Marcus and Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The secret deal that lawyers for pedophile Jeffrey Epstein struck with then-U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta a decade ago did much more than protect the disgraced billionaire from an extended prison term. It also shut down a South Florida grand jury probe that could have reached to others in Epstein’s international sex-trafficking ring.
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What is Waste Management trying to hide about antitrust review?

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
High-stakes Broward litigation has heated up with a judge’s ruling that a recycling company has provided sufficient evidence to establish that Waste Management’s effort to hide certain corporate records is bogus because the garbage giant may have sought legal advice to perpetrate a crime or fraud.
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Inmates with hepatitis C, and their chief advocate, race against time

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

By Noreen Marcus
FloridaBulldog.org
A federal judge ordered Florida to give thousands of prisoners with chronic Hepatitis C virus a standard treatment with a cure rate of 95 percent. A year later, Florida could move faster to save lives.
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Assignment of benefits scams rip off tens of millions of dollars a year

Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

By Joseph A. Mann Jr.
FloridaBulldog.org
Over the last several years, the assignment of benefits by consumers has become a major source of fraud, abuse and overpricing. Insurance companies estimate that AOB abuse costs Florida property owners and insurance companies tens of millions of dollars a year.
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Gun murders remain higher 13 years after Stand Your Ground – especially in white suburbs

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

By Christopher Persaud
FloridaBulldog.org
Florida’s gun murder rate reached record lows in 2005. But ever since state lawmakers passed the nation’s first “Stand Your Ground’’ law in October that year, the rate has crept up to levels not seen since the 1990s. And firearm homicides increased most in white suburban areas, say a team of researchers led by a University of Oxford professor.
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‘Stand Your Ground on steroids’ before Florida Supremes; Flood of cases could be reopened

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

By Noreen Marcus
FloridaBulldog.org
The Florida Supreme Court is reviewing a souped-up version of the controversial “Stand Your Ground’’ law, and the court may use it to reopen thousands of criminal cases.
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Come out to support and celebrate 9 years of watchdog journalism on Nov. 13

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

Dear Reader – It’s been said that news is what people want to keep hidden, and that everything else is publicity. We know you appreciate Florida Bulldog’s brand of watchdog reporting that delivers exclusive, fact based news that’s important to you.
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Key Biscayne businessman orchestrated $200 million rip-off against foreign investors seeking green cards

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
For eight years, Ariel Quiros lorded over a slate of Vermont real estate projects that raked in more than $350 million in capital from rich foreigners aiming to obtain green cards for themselves and their family members through the U.S. government’s EB-5 visa program. Now the Key Biscayne-based entrepreneur is set to relinquish what’s left of his stake to settle a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission civil complaint that accused him of misusing $200 million of those foreign investments.
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Key Biscayne businessman orchestrated $200 million rip-off against foreign investors seeking green cards

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
For eight years, Ariel Quiros lorded over a slate of Vermont real estate projects that raked in more than $350 million in capital from rich foreigners aiming to obtain green cards for themselves and their family members through the U.S. government’s EB-5 visa program. Now the Key Biscayne-based entrepreneur is set to relinquish what’s left of his stake to settle a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission civil complaint that accused him of misusing $200 million of those foreign investments.
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A Rick Scott Story Part II – how political giving and getting is done

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Since shortly after Rick Scott was sworn in as governor in 2011, he and the Republican Party of Florida have raked in nearly $1.2 million in contributions from companies owned or controlled by Dr. Daniel Dosoretz. State election records show that many of those contributions appear to have been timed to influence the award of a billion dollar state Medicaid contract…
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Fraud allegations against Florida developer/political donor with ties to Trump, Kushner

Friday, October 26th, 2018

By Deirdra Funcheon
FloridaBulldog.org
When Nicholas Mastroianni II appeared on stage at a real estate forum in Shanghai in 2016, the other panelists — including ex-New York governor George Pataki – deferred to him as the expert on the U.S. government’s EB-5 program, which allows foreign investors and their family members to get their green cards, and eventually citizenship, if they invest at least $500,000 in certain U.S.-based projects.
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State attorney, SEC close probes of Miami Gardens officials with no criminal charges or sanctions

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
After being probed by local, state and federal authorities for more than a year, Miami Gardens officials have come out mostly unscathed after the two investigations.
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Rick Scott has millions invested in Puerto Rico electric company

Saturday, October 20th, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
When Gov. Rick Scott led a delegation of utility providers to Puerto Rico last year to help hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico he also was protecting his investment.
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A Rick Scott story – how political giving and getting is done

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Big money flows both ways between Gov. Rick Scott and entrepreneurial radiation oncologist Dr. Daniel Dosoretz.
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Newspaper sales in Florida are eroding faster than the national average

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
’Tis the season…for newspapers to file their annual forms with the U.S. Postal Service disclosing how many copies they sold over the last 12 months. And once again, the numbers submitted by Florida newspapers are grim.
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Broward’s new Community Court looks to keep non-violent offenders out of jail

Monday, October 8th, 2018

By Noreen Marcus
FloridaBulldog.org
Broward has launched a new court to help keep non-violent lawbreakers out of jail. The “community court” is getting a jump-start with a $200,000 grant from the Center for Court Innovation, a nonprofit that supports outside-the-box solutions to problems within the justice system.
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Fired city worker with Cuban roots wins $300,000 Miramar bias suit

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Barely two months into Vernon Hargray’s tenure as Miramar interim city manager, a federal jury has concluded that he and other city officials discriminated against a former executive assistant because of her Cuban roots.
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Gov. Scott’s federal financial disclosure disguised blind trust loan to daughter

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Gov. Rick Scott’s blind trust loaned as much as $5 million to a Delaware company privately owned by his daughter Jordan. But you wouldn’t know it by reading Scott’s recent “full and complete” federal financial disclosure form.
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