Wayne Washington

Wayne Washington is the Palm Beach County government reporter for The Palm Beach Post. He is a veteran reporter of 25 years who recently worked for the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, where he covered state education policy. A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Wayne also has worked for The State in Columbia, S.C., Boston Globe, St. Pete Times, Minneapolis Star Tribune and San Jose Mercury News.

Latest from Wayne Washington

GL Homes mounts email campaign for its Ag Reserve development plan
 Palm Beach County commissioners are getting an earful — actually, an email in-box full — from backers of a controversial GL Homes development plan. The developer has asked county residents to let county commissioners know they support the builder’s plan to preserve 4,900 acres in The Acreage/Loxahatchee area in exchange...

Posted: a day ago

Palm Beach County commissioners are getting an earful — actually, an email in-box full — from backers of a controversial GL Homes development plan. The developer has asked county residents to let county commissioners know they support the builder’s plan to preserve 4,900 acres in The Acreage/Loxahatchee area in exchange...
Planning commissioner quits, citing GL Homes plan, other development
 A member of the Palm Beach County Planning Commission has resigned, citing frustration with large-scale development projects that have been recommended by the commission. Domenic R. Guarnagia’s resignation comes two months before the Planning Commission takes up a controversial development proposal from GL Homes, which wants the county...

Posted: a day ago

A member of the Palm Beach County Planning Commission has resigned, citing frustration with large-scale development projects that have been recommended by the commission. Domenic R. Guarnagia’s resignation comes two months before the Planning Commission takes up a controversial development proposal from GL Homes, which wants the county...
Boca Mayor Haynie files for Abram’s Palm Beach County Commission seat
 Residents in southern Palm Beach County currently have a former Boca Raton mayor, Steven Abrams, serving as their county commissioner. Boca Raton’s current mayor, Susan Haynie, hopes to follow in Abrams’ footsteps. Haynie, re-elected to a second three-year term as mayor in March, filed Wednesday to run for Abrams’ District...

Posted: 3 days ago

Residents in southern Palm Beach County currently have a former Boca Raton mayor, Steven Abrams, serving as their county commissioner. Boca Raton’s current mayor, Susan Haynie, hopes to follow in Abrams’ footsteps. Haynie, re-elected to a second three-year term as mayor in March, filed Wednesday to run for Abrams’ District...
Palm Beach County relief effort for Puerto Rico, V.I. seeks volunteers
 Palm Beach County Cares wants you — and whatever baby formula, cleaning supplies, first aid kits, flashlights and batteries you can spare. The group, formed to aid disaster relief in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, is looking for volunteers and donations. It has set up a total of 13 donation sites in Palm Beach, Palm Beach...

Posted: 3 days ago

Palm Beach County Cares wants you — and whatever baby formula, cleaning supplies, first aid kits, flashlights and batteries you can spare. The group, formed to aid disaster relief in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, is looking for volunteers and donations. It has set up a total of 13 donation sites in Palm Beach, Palm Beach...
Palm Beach County OKs borrowing up to $35 million for debris removal
 Palm Beach County commissioners approved a $35 million line of credit Tuesday to pay for Hurricane Irma debris removal and to replenish the reserves of the Solid Waste Authority. The line of credit, obtained through Wells Fargo, reflects both the high costs of storm cleanup and the slow pace of reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management...

Posted: 4 days ago

Palm Beach County commissioners approved a $35 million line of credit Tuesday to pay for Hurricane Irma debris removal and to replenish the reserves of the Solid Waste Authority. The line of credit, obtained through Wells Fargo, reflects both the high costs of storm cleanup and the slow pace of reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management...
Palm Beach County approves $35M line of credit for debris removal
 The board of the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County approved a $35 million line of credit Tuesday to help pay for Hurricane Irma debris removal and to replenish the authority’s reserves. So far, the SWA, which oversees garbage, recycling and debris collection in unincorporated parts of the county, has spent $23 million removing...

Posted: 4 days ago

The board of the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County approved a $35 million line of credit Tuesday to help pay for Hurricane Irma debris removal and to replenish the authority’s reserves. So far, the SWA, which oversees garbage, recycling and debris collection in unincorporated parts of the county, has spent $23 million removing...
Palm Beach County climate change czar leaving her post
 Palm Beach County is losing its climate change czar. Natalie Schneider, hired in April 2015 to serve as the county’s climate change and sustainability coordinator, is leaving that post to accept a job in private industry. “Natalie has done an outstanding job representing the county in our four-county Southeast Florida Regional...

Posted: 5 days ago

Palm Beach County is losing its climate change czar. Natalie Schneider, hired in April 2015 to serve as the county’s climate change and sustainability coordinator, is leaving that post to accept a job in private industry. “Natalie has done an outstanding job representing the county in our four-county Southeast Florida Regional...
Upset about remaining Irma debris? Have some patience, officials say
 On some streets, where leaves and branches blown down by Hurricane Irma have turned brown and brittle, it might not look like much progress has been made in the long slog to clear Palm Beach County of the estimated three million cubic yards of vegetative debris left by the storm. But based on numbers tracked for the county’s Solid Waste...

Posted: 8 days ago

On some streets, where leaves and branches blown down by Hurricane Irma have turned brown and brittle, it might not look like much progress has been made in the long slog to clear Palm Beach County of the estimated three million cubic yards of vegetative debris left by the storm. But based on numbers tracked for the county’s Solid Waste...
Palm Beach County coalition organizes to help post-Maria Puerto Rico
 Palm Beach County Cares, a coalition of non-profit groups, businesses and individuals, announced a series of initiatives Wednesday aimed at providing assistance to the people of Puerto Rico. The group is attempting to raise $5 million in five weeks and has coordinated with Palm Beach County to establish drop-off points for the laundry list...

Posted: 10 days ago

Palm Beach County Cares, a coalition of non-profit groups, businesses and individuals, announced a series of initiatives Wednesday aimed at providing assistance to the people of Puerto Rico. The group is attempting to raise $5 million in five weeks and has coordinated with Palm Beach County to establish drop-off points for the laundry list...
County set to work with Trump on immigration to improve grant chances
 Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw and the Board of County Commissioners have agreed to a Trump administration request for cooperation with its efforts to combat illegal immigration. But Bradshaw has told county officials that cooperation — which gives PBSO a better shot at coveted federal grant funds — won’t call for...

Posted: 10 days ago

Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw and the Board of County Commissioners have agreed to a Trump administration request for cooperation with its efforts to combat illegal immigration. But Bradshaw has told county officials that cooperation — which gives PBSO a better shot at coveted federal grant funds — won’t call for...
Palm Beach County exploring ways to help hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico
 One day after a visit by President Donald Trump offered up a reminder of the humanitarian crisis unfolding on Puerto Rico, Palm Beach County officials are looking for ways to provide assistance to those on the storm-ravaged island. Local residents of Puerto Rican descent, led by Juan Pagan, president of the Puerto Rican/Hispanic...

Posted: 16 days ago

One day after a visit by President Donald Trump offered up a reminder of the humanitarian crisis unfolding on Puerto Rico, Palm Beach County officials are looking for ways to provide assistance to those on the storm-ravaged island. Local residents of Puerto Rican descent, led by Juan Pagan, president of the Puerto Rican/Hispanic...