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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.

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District 18 candidates debate toxic algae, health care, gun control
 Candidates in one of the county’s hottest congressional races squared off during a debate in West Palm Beach Friday, attacking each other over gun rights, health care and the toxic algae bloom fouling waters in the Treasure Coast. The highest-profile candidates in the race — incumbent U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, and...

Posted: 10 days ago

Candidates in one of the county’s hottest congressional races squared off during a debate in West Palm Beach Friday, attacking each other over gun rights, health care and the toxic algae bloom fouling waters in the Treasure Coast. The highest-profile candidates in the race — incumbent U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, and...
Baer unveils her first campaign ad of pivotal congressional race
 Democratic congressional candidate Lauren Baer released her first television ad of the campaign Thursday, touting her experience in the Obama administration and underscoring her upbringing in the state’s 18th Congressional District, which stretches from northern Palm Beach County through the Treasure Coast. The ad was released...

Posted: 12 days ago

Democratic congressional candidate Lauren Baer released her first television ad of the campaign Thursday, touting her experience in the Obama administration and underscoring her upbringing in the state’s 18th Congressional District, which stretches from northern Palm Beach County through the Treasure Coast. The ad was released...
Ousted small-business owners claim racial bias in garbage hauling
 A pair of black small business owners have accused the Solid Waste Authority of failing to live up to its commitment to help small businesses by ignoring their complaints when a large hauling company dumped them. By not forcing the large hauler to retain the companies, the authority failed to assure that business opportunities filter...

Posted: 24 days ago

A pair of black small business owners have accused the Solid Waste Authority of failing to live up to its commitment to help small businesses by ignoring their complaints when a large hauling company dumped them. By not forcing the large hauler to retain the companies, the authority failed to assure that business opportunities filter...
Haulers oppose race, gender targets in bid specs for garbage contracts
 Garbage haulers tore into a new set of Solid Waste Authority standards that would require them to share future contracts with firms owned by women and minorities and form a joint venture with them to service a specific portion of the county. Unveiled publicly for the first time Wednesday, the new standards would require haulers bidding to...

Posted: 26 days ago

Garbage haulers tore into a new set of Solid Waste Authority standards that would require them to share future contracts with firms owned by women and minorities and form a joint venture with them to service a specific portion of the county. Unveiled publicly for the first time Wednesday, the new standards would require haulers bidding to...
PBC property tax rate unchanged as county forecasts $52M windfall
 Palm Beach County commissioners voted Tuesday to keep the county’s property tax rate the same for the eighth straight year, locking in a $52 million windfall because of rising property values. Excluding taxes collected for debt, fire rescue and library services, county residents will pay $4.78 for every $1,000 in taxable property...

8:46 PM Tuesday, Jul. 10, 2018

Palm Beach County commissioners voted Tuesday to keep the county’s property tax rate the same for the eighth straight year, locking in a $52 million windfall because of rising property values. Excluding taxes collected for debt, fire rescue and library services, county residents will pay $4.78 for every $1,000 in taxable property...
Brian Mast support for assault weapons ban ripped by GOP rivals
 Brian Mast, a first-term Republican congressman and U.S. Army veteran, made a splash when he announced his support for a ban on assault weapons. House District 18 candidates dig in as big congressional race heats up Shortly after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Mast, who lost both of his lower legs in...

5:22 PM Monday, Jul. 09, 2018

Brian Mast, a first-term Republican congressman and U.S. Army veteran, made a splash when he announced his support for a ban on assault weapons. House District 18 candidates dig in as big congressional race heats up Shortly after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Mast, who lost both of his lower legs in...
House District 18 candidates dig in as big congressional race heats up
 The campaign to win Florida’s District 18 congressional seat — one of the most closely watched in the nation — has heated up with incumbent Brian Mast producing a documentary, his GOP rivals attacking his support for an assault weapons ban and two Democratic hopefuls lining up endorsements. Each of the five candidates in...

6:42 PM Friday, Jul. 06, 2018

The campaign to win Florida’s District 18 congressional seat — one of the most closely watched in the nation — has heated up with incumbent Brian Mast producing a documentary, his GOP rivals attacking his support for an assault weapons ban and two Democratic hopefuls lining up endorsements. Each of the five candidates in...
PBC again extend leases to families farming in its Ag Reserve
 Palm Beach County has again extended the leases of families farming in its Agricultural Reserve, laying down a marker for more agriculture in a fertile swath of land eyed hungrily by developers. Commissioners voted unanimously last month to extend to 2053 a series of leases with the Bedner and Bowman families, who have grown peppers, squash...

11:03 AM Monday, Jul. 02, 2018

Palm Beach County has again extended the leases of families farming in its Agricultural Reserve, laying down a marker for more agriculture in a fertile swath of land eyed hungrily by developers. Commissioners voted unanimously last month to extend to 2053 a series of leases with the Bedner and Bowman families, who have grown peppers, squash...
Separated immigrant kids could — eventually — get help from local groups
 U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson blasted the Trump administration’s zero tolerance immigration policy Monday, and a Palm Beach County commissioner said the county will lend a hand if children recently separated from their parents end up here. The policy of separating families has drawn an intense political and social backlash even as...

9:52 PM Monday, Jun. 25, 2018

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson blasted the Trump administration’s zero tolerance immigration policy Monday, and a Palm Beach County commissioner said the county will lend a hand if children recently separated from their parents end up here. The policy of separating families has drawn an intense political and social backlash even as...
Commission reinstates solid waste race, gender contract program
 Palm Beach County commissioners voted Wednesday to re-establish race- and gender-conscious assistance programs for the Solid Waste Authority, pleasing women and minority business owners who complained they have been largely shut out of contract opportunities. The 5-2 vote capped a racially divisive debate and offered a possible preview of...

10:45 PM Wednesday, Jun. 20, 2018

Palm Beach County commissioners voted Wednesday to re-establish race- and gender-conscious assistance programs for the Solid Waste Authority, pleasing women and minority business owners who complained they have been largely shut out of contract opportunities. The 5-2 vote capped a racially divisive debate and offered a possible preview of...
Race, gender program issue raises tensions as county’s meeting nears
 Palm Beach County commissioners will meet Wednesday in another attempt to decide whether race- and gender-conscious business assistance programs should be re-established at the Solid Waste Authority. The meeting comes at a tense juncture marked by increasing acrimony among contractors, dueling studies and racially-charged allegations of favoritism...

7:49 PM Tuesday, Jun. 19, 2018

Palm Beach County commissioners will meet Wednesday in another attempt to decide whether race- and gender-conscious business assistance programs should be re-established at the Solid Waste Authority. The meeting comes at a tense juncture marked by increasing acrimony among contractors, dueling studies and racially-charged allegations of favoritism...