Category Archives: Conflict of Interest

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

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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

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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

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What Happened to the Strategic Planning Department?

Update 2:  There’s a Strategic Planning survey at the county’s website.  Maybe the Strategic Planning Department will be revived?  I hope people take the survey and let the county know what they really think.   Update:  Well, the Clerk’s office responded … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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The “Gang of Three” Vindicated by Reality?

There was a comment on an article over at the Blue Paper that referenced the “Gang of Three”.  Hoo boy.  Do not get me started! Too late.  I’m started. If you really want to be accurate about it, there were two … Continue reading

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