Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam takes first legal step toward presidential candidacy

In a move that signals how seriously Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam is about running for the 2020 presidential nomination, he is seeking formal guidance from the Florida Division of Elections about a key state law. In a letter to the Elections Division obtained by the South Florida Sun Sentinel, one of the state’s most prominent election lawyers is asking for an advisory opinion on Messam’s behalf about the state law that requires elected officials to resign from their current offices when... Read More

Full text of Florida House bill to strip retired deputy Scot Peterson of retirement benefits

A bill was introduced on Tuesday that would strip former Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson of his retirement benefits from the Florida Retirement system. The bill, HB 1091 filed by Rep. Spencer Roach, R-North Fort Myers, accuses Peterson of neglect for not entering Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland during the Feb. 14, 2018 massacre of 17 students and faculty members. Peterson resigned and retired a week after the shooting, and in April started receiving his... Read More

Five years later, hit-and-run driver who fatally struck teen remains on the loose

It’s been five years since Justin Flowers was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in Fort Lauderdale and a reward is still being offered for information leading to the arrest of whoever was responsible for the death of the Pompano Beach teenager. Broward Crime Stoppers this week re-circulated information about the case in the hopes of stirring up leads for investigators. Of the $5,000 reward being offered, a $2,000 donated portion will expire on Feb. 26, 2020 unless it is renewed, a... Read More

Bill would eliminate Parkland deputy Scot Peterson’s $8,771 monthly pension

Accusing former Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson of neglect during last year’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, a House Republican proposed a bill Tuesday to try to strip Peterson of his $8,771 pension in the Florida Retirement System. Rep. Spencer Roach, R-North Fort Myers, filed the bill (HB 1091) for consideration during the legislative session that starts March 5. Peterson, who was the school resource officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, has drawn... Read More

Why are gas prices so different from one county to another? | You asked, we answer

Drivers who commute between Broward and Palm Beach counties may notice a bit of sticker shock when they travel northward over the county line — gas prices seem to shoot up as soon as you cross the border. One of those frustrated motorists wrote in as part of the Sun Sentinel’s Sound Off South Florida project, in which we attempt to answer reader-submitted questions. “Why is gas so much more expensive in Palm Beach County than Broward County?” the reader wondered. “It’s... Read More

Hollywood’s old, contaminated incinerator site could be worth millions

It was once a dumping ground for toxic incinerator ash. And now it’s for sale. For 56 years, Hollywood has been the owner of the sprawling 30.5-acre parcel that housed an incinerator from 1958 to 1973. The long-contaminated site — once known as the Hollywood Incinerator Ash Dump — could be transformed into a top-notch industrial zone or a bustling neighborhood with hundreds of apartments surrounded by shops and restaurants. It all depends on who buys the land. Commissioners are... Read More

Hollywood land for sale: Old incinerator site could be worth millions

It was once a dumping ground for toxic incinerator ash. And now it’s for sale. For 56 years, Hollywood has been the owner of the sprawling 30.5-acre parcel that housed an incinerator from 1958 to 1973. The long contaminated site — once known as the Hollywood Incinerator Ash Dump — could be transformed into a top-notch industrial zone or a bustling neighborhood with hundreds of apartments surrounded by shops and restaurants. It all depends on who buys the land. Commissioners are... Read More

America’s third-safest city is right here in South Florida

Wherever you go around here, Florida Man may be lurking, but he apparently has stayed away from Weston. The affluent city in western Broward County is the third-safest city in the entire country, according to a report from security system review site SafeHome.com. Only Greenwich, Conn., and Parsippany, N.J., ranked higher than Weston. To generate each city’s score, the report considered FBI crime data and demographic metrics, including population density, population trends, unemployment... Read More