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Sign Honoring Fallen Sheriff Replaced With Garish Tribute To Current Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony

A tribute to fallen Broward Sheriff Ron Cochran was replaced with a garish tribute to Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony. In 1997, the new headquarters of the Broward Sheriff’s Office was named in honor of the late Ron Cochran. A large monument sign on the corner of Broward Boulevard and NW 27th Avenue marked the entrance of the Ron Cochran Public Safety Building in Fort Lauderdale. Now, the tribute to Cochran is gone.

Ron Cochran was elected Broward Sheriff in 1992. Cochran was the longtime Fort Lauderdale Police Chief. In September 1997, after a long battle with brain and lung cancer, Cochran died in office. Published reports hailed Cochran as the “modern architect” of the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

While battling cancer, Cochran faced enormous pressure to resign. Former Florida Attorney General Robert Butterworth visited Cochran to deliver news that then Governor Lawton Chiles would not force him from office. Butterworth told the Sun-Sentinel, “More than anything, Ron Cochran loved being a cop. His last wish was that he be given the chance to die with his boots on.”

“Florida lost a wonderful, competent, professional law enforcement officer who I think ran a very fine department,” Governor Chiles said. “I think we also lost a great humanitarian. He believed in very strict law enforcement, but he also believed very strongly in prevention.”

Two months later, the Broward County Commission honored Ron Cochran by naming the public safety building after him. The Sun-Sentinel reported the very humble Cochran did not want such honors.

“Susan McCampbell, acting Broward County sheriff, said Cochran told her during his last days that he didn’t want his name going on any public buildings, parks , ‘not even a parking space.’”

“’He was a very humble man, that was part of his charm,’ she said. ‘That’s why it took the County Commission about 30 seconds to rename the building after him.’”

While Cochran’s name may still be on the building, the large sign on the busy intersection is no more. It’s been replaced with a digital marquee sign with an oddly painted surround. One Monday morning, the marquee read “Sheriff Gregory Tony.” The sign features the Broward County logo as well as the BSO logo.

While there’s room for Cochran’s name, only the building address remains on the sign.

Nobody would ever mistake Sheriff Gregory Tony as a humble man. Whether it’s embellishments of his football career at Florida State University, vanity podcasts or appearing on swinger websites in a Speedo, Gregory Tony is no stranger to self-promotion.

One thing Tony does not promote is the ongoing legal inquiry into his tenure at BSO. In an exclusive report last week, REDBROWARD revealed the Tony legal inquiry was moved to the office of the State Attorney of 20th Judicial Circuit in southwest Florida.

Wonder if State Attorney Amira Fox and her investigators are big fans of Gregory Tony’s self-promotion?

The only signage mentioning Ron Cochran is located near the back entrance of the Ron Cochran Public Safety Complex. There is no signage on the front of the main building.

Who decided to insult the legacy of Ron Cochran? How long before the sign near the back door is replaced with another bit of Gregory Tony self promotion?

New sign at BSO HQ

Pro-Gregory Tony PAC Funneled Money To Consultants Tied To Broward Mayor Dale Holness

Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony and Broward Mayor Dale Holness

Funds from a political committee supporting Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony were funneled to consultants tied to Broward Mayor Dale Holness, State campaign records show. To date, the Parkland-based Broward First political committee has raised nearly $1.5 million dollars in support of Sheriff Tony’s campaign. In the weeks before and after the August 18 primary, Broward First sent $36,750 to two different political committees in Fort Lauderdale.

On July 27, 2020 Broward First made a $16,000 contribution to the Young Professionals For Florida political committee. On August 25, 2020 Broward First made a $20,750 contribution to the South Florida Accountability Project.

Both Fort Lauderdale Political committees are managed by the same attorney.

DALE HOLNESS’ EX-WIFE?!?

On July 27, 2020, Young Professionals For Florida made a $16,000 contribution to the South Florida Accountability Project.

On that very day, Karlisle Williamson Jr. of Margate created All Priority Consulting, Inc., State corporation records show.

On August 11, 2020 South Florida Accountability Project paid $15,000 to All Priority Consulting.

On August 12, 2020 the money was refunded to the political committee. It was repaid to All Priority Consulting on August 13, 2020.

The campaign records and corporation filings show 5523 Barnstead Circle in Lake Worth as the place of business for All Priority Consulting.

This is the exact same address used by the mysterious Stronger Together Florida political committee.

Earlier this week, REDBROWARD revealed the telephone number for the political committee is (754) 444-6117.

Campaign reports from the 2016 Broward election show Stronger Together Chairperson Kayla Butler was a paid intern on the Dale Holness campaign

The telephone number for Stronger Together Florida is listed in State records for third party groups conducting voter registrations. The number is listed for “All Consulting And Marketing, Inc.” which conducted voter registration drives at 4325 W. Sunrise Blvd in Plantation since May, 2019.

This is the same address for All Broward Realty, Inc, a real estate company owned by Broward Mayor Dale Holness.

According to State corporate records, All Consulting And Marketing Inc. is owned by Richelle Holness, the daughter of Broward Mayor Dale Holness. State corporate records indicate the corporation was dissolved in September 2019 after failing to file its required corporate report.

State records show Richelle Holness started Tax Unlimited Corp in 2016 with A.H. The corporation was located at 4325 W. Sunrise Blvd in Plantation.

REDBROWARD has learned A.H. is the former wife of Broward Mayor Dale Holness.

When reached by telephone by REDBROWARD, Richelle Holness refused to discuss her role with the political committee. Broward election records list Richelle Holness as the treasurer for Broward Mayor Dale Holness’ 2020 campaign.

BIG BUCKS FOR HOLNESS CONSULTANT/GURU

On September 2, 2020 State the South Florida Accountability Project paid $20,000 to A Star For I, Inc. As REDBROWARD reported on numerous occasions. A Star For I, Inc. is owned and operated by Dale Holness consultant and marketing “guru” Omar M. Smith.

When REDBROWARD contacted the mysterious People For Principle PAC in July, Omar Smith answered the telephone. In 2018, REDBROWARD exposed Omar Smith’s role in the mysterious A Better Florida For All political committee.

Earlier this month, REDBROWARD reported on a large COVID Relief/PPP Loan obtained by A Star For I, Inc.

According to news organizations tracking the COVID-19 relief program, A Star For I, Inc. received approval for a loan between $150,000 and $350,000 on June 1, 2020.

Even though PPP loans were intended to be used on employee payroll, these organizations state A Star For I, Inc. reported zero employees on its loan applications. Self-employed business owners were eligible for PPP loans of $20,883.

How did A Star For I, Inc. receive nearly ten times more for “owner compensation replacement” than average self-employed business owners?

But why was A Star For I, Inc. seeking “compensation replacement” at all?

In addition to the $20,000 from the South Florida Accountability Project, Florida Division of Elections records show Omar Smith’s company received 14,188 from political campaigns after receiving a six-figure PPP loan. This includes a July 9, 2020 payment of $1,500 by George Odom’s judicial campaign and and a July 30, 2020 payment for $10,200 by former Broward Judge Ian Richards.

Broward election records show Omar Smith made even more money from his work as Dale Holness’ campaign consultant. Holness is seeking re-election for his District 9 seat this November. Holness has no Republican opposition, just an unknown write-in candidate.

According to Holness campaign reports, Omar Smith/A Star for I, Inc was paid $46,750 as a consultant. More than $31,000 was paid after the COVID-19 lockdown.

Why would pro-Gregory Tony political contributions end up in the hands of Dale Holness consultants?

Why does the Palm Beach home of Dale Holness’ former wife house multiple businesses involved in Broward politics?

Shouldn’t someone else start asking Dale Holness what is going on with these political committees and his family members?

Broward voters deserve answers, right?

Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony Kneels With Protestors

Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony Kneels
Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony kneeling near Broward Boulevard

Earlier this week, Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony kneeled near Broward Boulevard with several Black Lives Matter protestors outside the Broward Sheriff’s Office. The video, posted online by Xclusive Street, shows Tony walking from the building to the street where, unprompted, he kneels along the street. The protestors were sparked by the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin.