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

County fighting the same gender- and race-based battles 16 years later
 Sixteen years ago, when Palm Beach County was considering ending its gender- and race-based contracting assistance program, women and minority business owners warned against the move, documents obtained by The Palm Beach Post show. Women and minority business owners said their opportunities to get county contracts — already limited...

Posted: 18 hours ago

Sixteen years ago, when Palm Beach County was considering ending its gender- and race-based contracting assistance program, women and minority business owners warned against the move, documents obtained by The Palm Beach Post show. Women and minority business owners said their opportunities to get county contracts — already limited...
Indictment: Florida, West Palm play role in Russian election-meddling
 Using fake Twitter accounts and false identifications, Russian nationals organized rallies in Florida to help the candidacy of Donald Trump, an indictment unsealed Friday by Special Counsel Robert Mueller alleges. Florida in general — and West Palm Beach in one bizarre reference — played a prominent role in a sprawling, sophisticated...

Posted: 2 days ago

Using fake Twitter accounts and false identifications, Russian nationals organized rallies in Florida to help the candidacy of Donald Trump, an indictment unsealed Friday by Special Counsel Robert Mueller alleges. Florida in general — and West Palm Beach in one bizarre reference — played a prominent role in a sprawling, sophisticated...
NRA cash helps keep gun violence laments from becoming gun control law
 The National Rifle Association has pushed back – successfully – against nearly every gun control measure Congress has contemplated in recent years. High-profile mass shootings – in Colorado, Connecticut, California, Virginia, Texas, Nevada and now three here in Florida – led...

Posted: 3 days ago

The National Rifle Association has pushed back – successfully – against nearly every gun control measure Congress has contemplated in recent years. High-profile mass shootings – in Colorado, Connecticut, California, Virginia, Texas, Nevada and now three here in Florida – led...
Nelson — and Rubio and Scott — take credit for new dike repair money
 U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson met with Glades officials Friday in West Palm Beach to tout the passage of a budget deal with additional funding that could be used to expedite repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike at Lake Okeechobee. Hurricane Irma’s push through Florida last year renewed long-standing fears of what a rupture would mean for Glades...

Posted: 9 days ago

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson met with Glades officials Friday in West Palm Beach to tout the passage of a budget deal with additional funding that could be used to expedite repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike at Lake Okeechobee. Hurricane Irma’s push through Florida last year renewed long-standing fears of what a rupture would mean for Glades...
Law firm says ex-fire chief, officials forced out by ‘civil conspiracy’
 Former Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Chief Jeffrey Collins and a pair of other high-ranking officers in the department were forced out of their jobs because of a “civil conspiracy” being carried out by the county government, a lawyer representing the officers said Thursday. The lawyer provided no details about the nature of that...

Posted: 10 days ago

Former Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Chief Jeffrey Collins and a pair of other high-ranking officers in the department were forced out of their jobs because of a “civil conspiracy” being carried out by the county government, a lawyer representing the officers said Thursday. The lawyer provided no details about the nature of that...
Fired Fire Rescue division chief Hoch seeks name-clearing hearing
 Former Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Division Chief Chris Hoch, fired in January after he was accused by a female subordinate of sexual harassment and retaliation, has requested a “name-clearing” hearing, according to documents provided to The Palm Beach Post. “Mr. Hoch also requests adequate notice as to what exactly he...

Posted: 18 days ago

Former Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Division Chief Chris Hoch, fired in January after he was accused by a female subordinate of sexual harassment and retaliation, has requested a “name-clearing” hearing, according to documents provided to The Palm Beach Post. “Mr. Hoch also requests adequate notice as to what exactly he...
Mast, two sons OK after train collides with garbage truck in Virginia
 A spokesman for U.S. Rep. Brian Mast said the Palm City Republican and his two sons are fine after a train they were traveling on collided with a garbage truck in Virginia Wednesday morning. Mast and his two sons, 7-year old Magnum and 5-year old Maverick, were traveling to West Virginia for a GOP policy retreat at 11:20 a.m. when the train...

Posted: 18 days ago

A spokesman for U.S. Rep. Brian Mast said the Palm City Republican and his two sons are fine after a train they were traveling on collided with a garbage truck in Virginia Wednesday morning. Mast and his two sons, 7-year old Magnum and 5-year old Maverick, were traveling to West Virginia for a GOP policy retreat at 11:20 a.m. when the train...
UPDATE: PBC Fire Rescue interim chief names top admins after scandal
 In the end, the letters were perfunctory and brief, an ignominious end to the careers of two more of Palm Beach County Fire Rescue’s highest ranking officers in the aftermath of a churning sexual harassment and retaliation scandal. Division Chief Chris Hoch, accused by a female subordinate of sexual harassment and retaliation...

Posted: 23 days ago

In the end, the letters were perfunctory and brief, an ignominious end to the careers of two more of Palm Beach County Fire Rescue’s highest ranking officers in the aftermath of a churning sexual harassment and retaliation scandal. Division Chief Chris Hoch, accused by a female subordinate of sexual harassment and retaliation...
Mast, Frankel, Hastings mark opening of shared office at VA hospital
 Three members of Palm Beach County’s congressional delegation marked the opening of shared office space at Palm Beach County’s Veterans Affairs Medical Center Friday, pointing to the project as an indication of bipartisan commitment to helping those who served the country in uniform. Two Democrats — U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel...

Posted: 23 days ago

Three members of Palm Beach County’s congressional delegation marked the opening of shared office space at Palm Beach County’s Veterans Affairs Medical Center Friday, pointing to the project as an indication of bipartisan commitment to helping those who served the country in uniform. Two Democrats — U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel...
Abrams blows up at Burdick as board OKs move to diversity contracting
 Lava-like tensions that had been bubbling beneath the surface of Palm Beach County’s debate about a controversial disparity study erupted Tuesday when Commissioner Steven Abrams tore into a colleague he said had accused him of racism. Later, in a series of votes, commissioners ultimately decided to accept the findings of that study...

Posted: 26 days ago

Lava-like tensions that had been bubbling beneath the surface of Palm Beach County’s debate about a controversial disparity study erupted Tuesday when Commissioner Steven Abrams tore into a colleague he said had accused him of racism. Later, in a series of votes, commissioners ultimately decided to accept the findings of that study...
Astros’ World Series trophy visits today’s county commission meeting
 As the first Palm Beach County Commission meeting of the year got underway Tuesday, a crowd of people gathered in one spot in front of the dais. Cell phone cameras flashed. People crowded around, waiting for their turn to take pictures. RELATED: Where baseball goes beyond and inspires: Tryouts for team of amputees The public wasn’t...

Posted: 26 days ago

As the first Palm Beach County Commission meeting of the year got underway Tuesday, a crowd of people gathered in one spot in front of the dais. Cell phone cameras flashed. People crowded around, waiting for their turn to take pictures. RELATED: Where baseball goes beyond and inspires: Tryouts for team of amputees The public wasn’t...