Response to Fake News Email


In an email to supporters on February 15, Susan Haynie dismissed BocaWatch as “fake news” because she thinks that any negative coverage of her policies and campaign is not newsworthy. BocaWatch is a fact driven organization run by Boca Raton residents–and that scares Susan Haynie, because neither she nor her developer friends can control–or silence BocaWatch. We will continue to honestly and accurately bring about breaking news and up-to-date information about city hall and Boca Baton politics, despite Haynie’s false and disappointing claim. We invite the Mayor (or, anyone) to challenge us on the specific facts of any of our 442 articles to-date.

What’s even more troubling here is that BocaWatch invited Haynie (and every candidate running in this election) to be interviewed by our video producers and editorial board to discuss her candidacy. Rather than defend her questionable voting record on the city council, Mayor Haynie decided to just dismiss BocaWatch as “fake news” because she knew we would challenge her on the facts.

Mayor Haynie, you continue to have an open invitation to sit down with us to discuss your campaign and the issues, but just like the November referendum on recreation, you can’t try to dismiss us as “fake news” simply because you disagree with the way we present the truth about City Hall to voters.

BocaWatch will hold you and every candidate in this election, accountable.

Jim Wood
Editor in Chief

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Jim Wood is a 25-year citizen of Boca Raton. Upon arriving in Boca from Arizona, Jim and his family had a house built in Broken Sound in the western section of the City. After the last of their three children left for college Jim and Trish downsized and relocated to east Boca, where they have lived for 18 years. His volunteering activities include serving eight years on an advisory board in the City. Jim is a computer engineer who advanced into executive positions with telecommunications companies Siemens and Lucent. He holds undergraduate degrees in mathematics and management, a master’s degree in computer engineering and an MBA. He is also a veteran who served four years on active duty with the United States Air Force. His interests include cycling (A1A), guitar (acoustic) and cooking (healthy comfort food). He is a member of the Boca Raton Bicycle Club and the FAU Alumni Association.


  1. Using nonsensical trendy terms to dismiss citizens trying to get answers is troubling. Why not try a real dialogue instead of dismissing citizens as cranks?


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