Hallandale Beach CRA accused of misspending $2.1 Million, Broward County Commission takes no action on audit request.
By Bob Norman, Reporter, bnorman@Local10.com, Published On: Jun 04 2013 05:17:10 PM EDT
Updated On: Jun 05 2013 11:02:28 AM EDT
#UNC Hallandale Beach CRA accused of misspending $2.1M: A report by the Broward County Office of Inspector G... bit.ly/17YATUG
— trish galla (@GallaTrish) June 4, 2013
State of the South Florida news media in 2013: A non-reporter is seemingly paying more attention to the biggest ethical scandal in Broward County than CBS4, NBC6, 7News and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
* To give you an accurate idea of how badly things are botched at Hallandale Beach City Hall and the city's complete lack of any kind of transparency (or remorse to taxpayers) on this matter, the Broward Inspector General's preliminary and final report about the City of Hallandale Beach CRA -characterized by them as "gross mismanagement"- as well as the city's own response to them, have still NEVER appeared on the city's own website.
But because of this Broward County Commission meeting that touched on the scandal, the city's response to the preliminary response IS on Broward County's website, but still NOT on the city's. Really.
Who could make this sort of thing up?
Lobbyist Judy Stern uses texts to thwart Hallandale CRA investigation florida.mediatrackers.org/2013/06/10/hal… @browardpolitics @browardbulldog @buddynevins
— MediaTrackersFL (@MediaTrackersFL) June 10, 2013
Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper and controversial lobbyist Judy Stern joined forces to prevent a Broward County Commission investigation of the misappropriation of funds by the Hallandale Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). Hallandale Beach residents asked the Broward County Commission for assistance after a Broward County Office of the Inspector General (OIG) investigation “identified numerous instances of gross mismanagement that stemmed from institutional deficiencies in the establishment, organization and function of the CRA.”
"Media Trackers Florida obtained text messages sent by Stern to Ryan’s office on the morning of the Commission meeting. Stern blasted whistleblower Keith London for bringing the item before the County Commission. She wrote, “Keith and his blogs are such twists of the truth.”