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

PEACE calls for community IDs, slams commissioners who skipped meeting
 More than 2,000 people attended a community meeting at the Palm Beach County Convention Center Monday evening, but organizers were miffed that figure wasn’t a little larger. Officials from the social activism group People Engaged in Active Community Efforts called out six of the county’s seven commissioners for skipping the gathering...

Posted: 7 days ago

More than 2,000 people attended a community meeting at the Palm Beach County Convention Center Monday evening, but organizers were miffed that figure wasn’t a little larger. Officials from the social activism group People Engaged in Active Community Efforts called out six of the county’s seven commissioners for skipping the gathering...
County board wants ordinance declaring opioid crisis a public nuisance
 Palm Beach County commissioners have directed County Attorney Denise Nieman to draft an ordinance declaring the opioids epidemic a public nuisance and making clear the county’s ability to recover money it is spending combating the crisis. The county filed suit last week against 29 drug manufacturers, distributors and pharmacies...

Posted: 14 days ago

Palm Beach County commissioners have directed County Attorney Denise Nieman to draft an ordinance declaring the opioids epidemic a public nuisance and making clear the county’s ability to recover money it is spending combating the crisis. The county filed suit last week against 29 drug manufacturers, distributors and pharmacies...
PBC to hold forum discussion on legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
 Palm Beach County is hosting a remembrance today to commemorate the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., who was assassinated 50 years ago this month. In the third floor courtroom of the Historic 1916 County Courthouse at 205 N. Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach, Commissioner Mack Bernard is expected to lead a forum discussion entitled...

Posted: 16 days ago

Palm Beach County is hosting a remembrance today to commemorate the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., who was assassinated 50 years ago this month. In the third floor courtroom of the Historic 1916 County Courthouse at 205 N. Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach, Commissioner Mack Bernard is expected to lead a forum discussion entitled...
Drug firms react to Palm Beach County suit, deny causing opioid crisis
 Some of the companies being sued by Palm Beach County have acknowledged the devastation of the opioids epidemic, but they stopped short of admitting any role in creating or worsening it. “We are deeply troubled by the prescription and illicit opioid abuse crisis, and we are dedicated to being part of the solution,” Bob...

Posted: 19 days ago

Some of the companies being sued by Palm Beach County have acknowledged the devastation of the opioids epidemic, but they stopped short of admitting any role in creating or worsening it. “We are deeply troubled by the prescription and illicit opioid abuse crisis, and we are dedicated to being part of the solution,” Bob...
Palm Beach County sues Wal-Mart, CVS, drug firms over opioid crisis
 Palm Beach County has filed suit against more than two dozen individuals and firms — including mega-companies like CVS, Wal-Mart and Johnson & Johnson — alleging that their negligence and deceptive trade practices have contributed to the ongoing opioid crisis. The 266-page complaint, filed Thursday in Palm Beach County Circuit...

Posted: 20 days ago

Palm Beach County has filed suit against more than two dozen individuals and firms — including mega-companies like CVS, Wal-Mart and Johnson & Johnson — alleging that their negligence and deceptive trade practices have contributed to the ongoing opioid crisis. The 266-page complaint, filed Thursday in Palm Beach County Circuit...
Mast addresses veterans during town hall meeting in Palm Beach Gardens
 U.S. Rep. Brian Mast reaffirmed his commitment to veterans during a town hall meeting with them in Palm Beach Gardens Wednesday night. The meeting, hosted by Concerned Veterans for America, served as an opportunity for Mast, a U.S. Army veteran who lost his lower legs and part of a finger during an explosion in Afghanistan, to meet with a...

Posted: 20 days ago

U.S. Rep. Brian Mast reaffirmed his commitment to veterans during a town hall meeting with them in Palm Beach Gardens Wednesday night. The meeting, hosted by Concerned Veterans for America, served as an opportunity for Mast, a U.S. Army veteran who lost his lower legs and part of a finger during an explosion in Afghanistan, to meet with a...
County opioids lawyer accused of poaching clients in Flint water case
 One of the lawyers seeking to represent Palm Beach County in an opioids lawsuit has been accused of poaching clients and charging excessive fees in the lead poisoning cases from Flint, Mich. Palm Beach Gardens attorney Ted Leopold has filed a motion in federal court to have Hunter Shkolnik of Napoli Shkolnik removed as co-counsel in...

Posted: 22 days ago

One of the lawyers seeking to represent Palm Beach County in an opioids lawsuit has been accused of poaching clients and charging excessive fees in the lead poisoning cases from Flint, Mich. Palm Beach Gardens attorney Ted Leopold has filed a motion in federal court to have Hunter Shkolnik of Napoli Shkolnik removed as co-counsel in...
Scott vetoes letting Palm Beach County pick Housing Authority members
 Florida Gov. Rick Scott has vetoed legislation that would have allowed Palm Beach County commissioners to select additional members for the board of the Palm Beach County Housing Authority. Several commissioners had expressed interest in having some input over how things are done at the housing authority, which fired its executive director...

Posted: 23 days ago

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has vetoed legislation that would have allowed Palm Beach County commissioners to select additional members for the board of the Palm Beach County Housing Authority. Several commissioners had expressed interest in having some input over how things are done at the housing authority, which fired its executive director...
Florida Bar opinion complicates Palm Beach County opioids lawsuit plan
 At least two Palm Beach County commissioners want a new team of lawyers to represent the county if it files suit against drug makers and distributors. The three-firm team of Stull, Stull and Brody, Napoli Shkolnik and the Ferraro Law Firm was selected by commissioners to represent the county in an opioids suit. Among the three finalists vying...

Posted: 29 days ago

At least two Palm Beach County commissioners want a new team of lawyers to represent the county if it files suit against drug makers and distributors. The three-firm team of Stull, Stull and Brody, Napoli Shkolnik and the Ferraro Law Firm was selected by commissioners to represent the county in an opioids suit. Among the three finalists vying...
Lawyer Palm Beach County chose for opioid suit has controversy in past
 Paul Napoli has survived leukemia, a dispute with another firm over legal fees, an acrimonious split with a former law firm partner and a tabloid-feeding sex scandal involving a junior associate. Now, the New York lawyer is poised to help represent Palm Beach County in what could be one of the biggest court cases in the county&rsquo...

7:16 PM Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018

Paul Napoli has survived leukemia, a dispute with another firm over legal fees, an acrimonious split with a former law firm partner and a tabloid-feeding sex scandal involving a junior associate. Now, the New York lawyer is poised to help represent Palm Beach County in what could be one of the biggest court cases in the county&rsquo...
PBC taxpayers might not get full protection against costs in drug suit
 All of the law firms that have agreed to help Palm Beach County sue drug makers and distributors have extensive and diverse experience, winning hundreds of millions for their clients in complex, high-profile cases in recent years. For county taxpayers, that’s the good news. The bad news is that taking on drug makers and distributors...

2:05 PM Saturday, Mar. 17, 2018

All of the law firms that have agreed to help Palm Beach County sue drug makers and distributors have extensive and diverse experience, winning hundreds of millions for their clients in complex, high-profile cases in recent years. For county taxpayers, that’s the good news. The bad news is that taking on drug makers and distributors...