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Ultra-Powerful Miami Lobbyist Ron Book Arrested for Alleged DUI

8 months ago by Jerry Iannelli
Ron Book, one of the most powerful lobbyists in Florida, was arrested Sunday for DUI, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office online arrest database. Book is one of the most influential behind-the-scenes political figures in the state. In addition to being the lobbyist for powerful private firms such as the prison giant GEO Group, Book is also the official lobbyist for Miami-Dade County.

County Commissioners Deny Ron Book's Waiver

9 years ago by Francisco Alvarado
Maybe Ron Book is losing his touch. On Monday, Miami-Dade County commissioners denied Book's request to lobby on behalf of a private client pushing a state bill the county is against. The ultra influential lobbyist represents Miami-Dade before the Florida Legislature. But he also works for the Florida Apartment Association,...

Morons of the Week: Ron Book, Jeff Ireland, and Arizona

10 years ago by Gus Garcia-Roberts
Some say it's the heat that causes it. Others blame Jimmy Buffett. Whatever the reason, South Florida is Mecca for this hemisphere's most devoted morons. Let's see who took the pilgrimage this week: 5. Ron Book, who apparently thought it was wise to put a bunch of Julia Tuttle sex...

Lobbyist Ron Book Tries to Tackle the Housing Crisis

11 years ago by Tim Elfrink
Riptide can't pay his rent. So he recently headed downtown to visit the guys who advise the county commission on building affordable housing. Weird. After you pass a sign that reads, "Lobbyists are required to register with the clerk of the board," standing at the head of the table is...

Pam the PTO Mom Fed Up With School Cuts, Ron Book

11 years ago by Kyle Munzenrieder
Meet Pamela the PTO Mom. If more media covered state politics with the same passion and obsession as national politics and more people cared, she'd be Florida's anti-Joe the Plumber. Pamela Hennan, a St. Augustine Realtor and dedicated school volunteer drove all night to address the House Finance and Tax...

Ron Book and Romero Britto Bring You the Ugliest Parking Meters Ever

9 years ago by Erik Maza
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's another terrible Romero Britto sculpture, only this time it's not just hurting your eyes but also taking your spare change. Meters designed by the local hack artist have made their first appearance in Brickell. But don't blame Britto; blame another Miami-Dade dunce: Ron...

Two Weeks After New Times Story, Ron Book Wants to Close Sex Offender Camp Near Hialeah

2 years ago by Isabella Vi Gomes
For nearly three years, county officials and police in Miami-Dade failed to respond as a tent city of sex offenders grew along train tracks near Hialeah. The squalid camp is just the latest consequence of a 2005 county law that banned sex offenders from living within 2,500 feet of any school, daycare center, or park, effectively banishing them into homelessness.

Amid Fight Over "Poop Map," Homeless Trust Chair Ron Book Says He's Keeping His Job

4 years ago by Trevor Bach
The very nasty public squabbling over homeless toilet needs continues. Yesterday the Downtown Development Authority, the agency in charge of  “As the chief advocate for downtown Miami's growing base of residents, businesses and visitors from around the world, the Miami DDA has been making the case that homelessness is having...

Ron Book Has Made $1 Million Lobbying This Year; Lincoln Diaz-Balart Got Rich Off Genting

8 years ago by Tim Elfrink
It's only May, but South Florida super-lobbyist Ron Book is already having one hell of a year in Tallahassee. This week, lobbyists filed their reports for 2012's first quarter and since January, Book has already topped $1 million in fees. Who's paying him all that cash? Along with every other...

Ron Book Never Saw a Conflict of Interest Waiver He Didn't Like UPDATED

9 years ago by Francisco Alvarado
Update: Ron Book tells Banana Republican that it was unfair to characterize his representation of municipal governments and private clients with competing interests as something bad. "I didn't do anything nefarious or unethical," he says. "Your story implies I did, and that is wrong."Just call superlobbyist Ron Book the Waiver...

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