Category Archives: State government

Another Appointed Board

I ran across this item today about the Lower Florida Keys Hospital District board.  Mr. Harry Bethel wrote the governor about the conduct of the board.  Here are a couple of his concerns. In his letter to the governor, Bethel questions the … Continue reading

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Tallahassee Happenings

Update:  Stewardship bill goes to Scott.  If the $10 million survives, we know that $5 million of that will go to Monroe County for “land purchases”.  The other $5 million is for “water quality projects”.  The need is still huge … Continue reading

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More About That $38 Million Overrun

Cudjoe Regional isn’t Monroe County’s only disastrously over budget train wreck .  That’s “only” $49 million over and counting.  As it turns out there are another five capital projects that are now $38 million over budget.  According to KeysNet.com, these projects … Continue reading

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Senate Bill 686 and the Cost of Corruption

Update:  There’s mention of a grand jury report in some of the linked newspaper articles.  Here it is. I saw this news item while browsing the web:  Almost every top official in Texas city arrested in federal corruption case.  It really … Continue reading

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Toppino’s Appointment File

At the end of December I submitted a public records request to the Governor’s Office of Open Government.  I asked for Richard Toppino’s appointment file.  I got it on Friday.  There are a few items of interest, but first some … Continue reading

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Connecting the Dots and Following the Money

I was gobsmacked by the governor’s decision to appoint Richard Toppino to replace Melva Wagner on the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority (FKAA) board.  Governor Scott couldn’t have picked a worse candidate.  It’s not because Richard Toppino is a bad guy.  It’s not because he’s … Continue reading

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Dean Residency Issue – Following Up

Kirk Zuelch, the Executive Director of the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority (FKAA) was specifically instructed by the board to send a packet of documents to the governor’s appointment office.  The governor’s appointment office could then review the documents and make … Continue reading

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From KeyNews.com – Toppino vows to avoid conflicts

Update:  It turns out the amount of Toppino’s subcontracts on Cudjoe Regional total well over $12 million.  It’s almost certain that Zuelch knew that when this article was written, and Toppino most definitely would have.  Yet they led the Citizen … Continue reading

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An Interesting Response

I submitted a public records request to the governor’s office.  I asked for the documents that were supposed to have been sent to them from the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority (FKAA) regarding Bob Dean’s residency issue.  Here is the response … Continue reading

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Toppino Project History

Richard Toppino of Charley Toppino & Sons has recently been appointed to the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority (FKAA) board.  He will  replace Melva Wagner who resigned in September after it became publicly known that she no longer lived in the Keys … Continue reading

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