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

Frankel leads call for sexual-misconduct investigation of Trump
 Led by U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, five dozen Democratic congresswomen are calling for an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by President Donald Trump. The total number of Democrats backing such an investigation has now reached 139 men and women and is climbing, Frankel told The Palm Beach Post by telephone...

Posted: 2 hours ago

Led by U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, five dozen Democratic congresswomen are calling for an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by President Donald Trump. The total number of Democrats backing such an investigation has now reached 139 men and women and is climbing, Frankel told The Palm Beach Post by telephone...
Therapist threatens to sue PBC if it passes conversion therapy ban
 A Boca Raton therapist has threatened to sue Palm Beach County if it passes a proposed ban on the controversial practice of conversion therapy, which aims to change an individual’s sexual orientation. Robert Otto argued during Tuesday’s County Commission meeting — and again in an email to County Mayor Melissa McKinlay sent...

Posted: 4 days ago

A Boca Raton therapist has threatened to sue Palm Beach County if it passes a proposed ban on the controversial practice of conversion therapy, which aims to change an individual’s sexual orientation. Robert Otto argued during Tuesday’s County Commission meeting — and again in an email to County Mayor Melissa McKinlay sent...
GL Homes withdraws controversial Ag Reserve development plan
 GL Homes has withdrawn its application for a controversial development plan in Palm Beach County’s Agricultural Reserve, ending — for now — a battle that had already begun to divide the county. GL’s decision came Thursday, one day before the builder was to make a presentation to the county’s Planning Commission...

Posted: 5 days ago

GL Homes has withdrawn its application for a controversial development plan in Palm Beach County’s Agricultural Reserve, ending — for now — a battle that had already begun to divide the county. GL’s decision came Thursday, one day before the builder was to make a presentation to the county’s Planning Commission...
Opioid crisis: Palm Beach County looking for firms for Big Pharma suit
 Want to represent Palm Beach County if it goes toe to toe with Big Pharma? Law firms could soon have that opportunity. Commissioners voted 7-0 Tuesday to have County Attorney Denise Nieman’s office begin crafting a request for proposals from firms that would represent the county should it decide to file suit against drug companies...

Posted: 7 days ago

Want to represent Palm Beach County if it goes toe to toe with Big Pharma? Law firms could soon have that opportunity. Commissioners voted 7-0 Tuesday to have County Attorney Denise Nieman’s office begin crafting a request for proposals from firms that would represent the county should it decide to file suit against drug companies...
Palm Beach County takes step to ban conversion therapy for gay minors
 The Palm Beach County Commission moved forward with a proposed ordinance Tuesday that would ban conversion therapy for minors, a controversial practice aimed at changing an individual’s sexual orientation. Several municipalities in the county — Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach and Wellington...

Posted: 7 days ago

The Palm Beach County Commission moved forward with a proposed ordinance Tuesday that would ban conversion therapy for minors, a controversial practice aimed at changing an individual’s sexual orientation. Several municipalities in the county — Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach and Wellington...
If Palm Beach County sues big Pharma, 14 law firms interested
 Fourteen law firms — including seven based in Florida — have expressed an interest in representing Palm Beach County if it decides to file suit against opioid manufacturers, distributors or pharmacies, according to a report prepared by the county attorney’s office. At the suggestion of County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay...

Posted: 8 days ago

Fourteen law firms — including seven based in Florida — have expressed an interest in representing Palm Beach County if it decides to file suit against opioid manufacturers, distributors or pharmacies, according to a report prepared by the county attorney’s office. At the suggestion of County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay...
Study: Racism, sexism in hiring firms at Palm Beach County Solid Waste Authority?
 Firms owned by white men got the overwhelming share of money awarded by the Palm Beach County Solid Waste Authority for contract work from 2009 through 2013, a disparity study conducted for the authority shows. The 284-page study, conducted by Mason Tillman Associates of California and delivered to the SWA in March, has confirmed the suspicions...

Posted: 10 days ago

Firms owned by white men got the overwhelming share of money awarded by the Palm Beach County Solid Waste Authority for contract work from 2009 through 2013, a disparity study conducted for the authority shows. The 284-page study, conducted by Mason Tillman Associates of California and delivered to the SWA in March, has confirmed the suspicions...
Palm Beach County SWA delays hauling bids over bias accusations
 The Palm Beach County Commission decided Thursday to postpone the deadline for garbage hauling contract bids so commissioners can consider the implementation of a program aimed at helping women- and minority-owned firms get a piece of those contracts, which could be worth as much as $450 million. Tuesday was the deadline for those bids, but...

Posted: 11 days ago

The Palm Beach County Commission decided Thursday to postpone the deadline for garbage hauling contract bids so commissioners can consider the implementation of a program aimed at helping women- and minority-owned firms get a piece of those contracts, which could be worth as much as $450 million. Tuesday was the deadline for those bids, but...
Palm Beach County faces $50 million shortfalls each of next 3 years
 Palm Beach County is facing projected budget deficits of about $50 million a year starting in 2019, according to an analysis prepared for commissioners, who met to discuss the budget Tuesday. Growth and its corresponding need for expanded services, particularly law enforcement, are driving those deficits, county staff members said. Concerns...

Posted: 14 days ago

Palm Beach County is facing projected budget deficits of about $50 million a year starting in 2019, according to an analysis prepared for commissioners, who met to discuss the budget Tuesday. Growth and its corresponding need for expanded services, particularly law enforcement, are driving those deficits, county staff members said. Concerns...
Palm Beach County sends $1 million, 100 tons of goods to Maria victims
 Palm Beach County Cares, a coalition of local aid groups, has delivered more than 200,000 pounds of goods to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, which were both devastated by Hurricane Maria in September. “We had intended to close up the effort on November 12 but were approached by a group with close to 600,000 pounds in the Florida...

Posted: 21 days ago

Palm Beach County Cares, a coalition of local aid groups, has delivered more than 200,000 pounds of goods to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, which were both devastated by Hurricane Maria in September. “We had intended to close up the effort on November 12 but were approached by a group with close to 600,000 pounds in the Florida...
Board grills Solid Waste Authority chief over disparity study handling
 Palm Beach County Solid Waste Authority Director Mark Hammond endured a grilling Tuesday from county commissioners unhappy about the agency’s response to a study that found firms owned by women and minorities have not had a fair shot at agency contracts in recent years. Commissioner Mack Bernard, who has suggested Hammond and his management...

Posted: 21 days ago

Palm Beach County Solid Waste Authority Director Mark Hammond endured a grilling Tuesday from county commissioners unhappy about the agency’s response to a study that found firms owned by women and minorities have not had a fair shot at agency contracts in recent years. Commissioner Mack Bernard, who has suggested Hammond and his management...