Category Archives: Conflict of Interest
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Pay to Play?
When I looked at donations to Kevin Madok’s campaign for county clerk, I noted that two sizable donations came from landfill companies. That struck me as odd. Why would two landfill operations from out-of-town care who wins the election for Monroe … Continue reading
Lindback: Hassled out of business and property?
I hear from quite a few people behind the scenes, and an awful lot of them tell me stories about being hassled out of business by Monroe County government or the City of Key West. It’s hard to verify most of … Continue reading
Questions and Follow Ups
One of the many things that annoys me about the Board of County County Commissioners (BOCC) and their partner (in crime), the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority (FKAA), is their tendency to shove things down the memory hole. So I keep … Continue reading
What Happened to the Strategic Planning Department?
Update 3: George Neugent isn’t the only county commissioner to have a run-in with the ethics commission. Since this post was written, all five commissioners, including the “ever-so-proper” Danny Kolhage have been fined for ethics violations related to their financial … Continue reading
PEER Follows Up On FKAA’s Fake Environmental Assessment
On this blog, I discuss the many ways in which Monroe County has failed the citizens and taxpayers. Their extremely inappropriate “partnership” with the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority (FKAA) has resulted in unprecedented financial waste and struggling wastewater projects. The … Continue reading
FKAA $3 Million Contract for Toppino
Posted yesterday on www.bigpinekey.com: The Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority (FKAA) board is getting ready to award a $3 million contract to one of their own, Richard Toppino. Toppino, as has been discussed exhaustively on this blog, is a FKAA board member … Continue reading
Toppino – What the Law Says
Update: Here is some information about possible exemptions for someone in Toppino’s situation. (See paragraph 12.) The story is still very garbled, but I imagine the “form” had to do with securing an exemption for the Toppino companies. What … Continue reading
FKAA Bid – Conflicting Stories?
According to this story on KeysNews.com, Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority (FKAA) staff recommended that the board reject all bids for the new facility in Marathon. But according to the agenda back-up, staff recommended awarding the project. (See item DUO-4.) Much … Continue reading
No S__t, Sherlock – Toppino Troubles
Update: If you’re a public official and you’re concerned about running into ethics trouble, you can write a letter to the ethics commission requesting their opinion on your particular situation. The commission then posts those opinions on their website. There’s … Continue reading