As expected, the Broward County Commission has deferred action on the troubled taxpayer-funded Young At Art Children’s Museum. Commissioner Lois Wexler’s motion has been deferred from today’s agenda until the November 15th meeting while the museum negotiates with the County.
Last week, YAA filed a “ridiculous” lawsuit in an attempt to keep the County from taking control of the museum from YAA CEO Mindy Shrago and her son Zack Spechler. YAA Chairman David Di Pietro informed County lawyers that the board would delay the lawsuit while the parties discussed new terms. Wexler agreed to Di Pietro’s request that County control of the museum and its preschool be tabled during the negotiations.
Yesterday, Di Pietro worried any public negotiations during today’s County Commission meeting could be “misconstrued” by the media to the “detriment” of YAA.
More good news for Team YAA: David Di Pietro can go back to holding a sign for his wife’s faltering judicial campaign. In a huge embarrassment, Judge Nina Di Pietro came in second during the August primary forcing a November runoff. On Monday, REDBROWARD spoke to her hard-working opponent, former Judge Ian Richards at early voting in Plantation. Richards said he was pleased by the support he’s received so far throughout the county.
Yesterday, BrowardBeat reported Nina Di Pietro had been left off the Broward Republican endorsement list. Some speculate she was left off due to her husband’s decision to sue Florida Governor Rick Scott. Di Pietro and his legal team (led by Jay Spechler, spouse of YAA CEO Mindy Shrago) sued Governor Scott after he removed David Di Pietro as chairman of Broward Health.
Adding to the embarrassment, the GOP snub comes after David Di Pietro made a very public endorsement of Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump.