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A series on allegations of condominium fraud reported by the Key Biscayne Independent was selected as a finalist in the 2024 Esserman-Knight Journalism awards this week. The awards honor outstanding investigative and public service reporting in South Florida.

The KBI’s entries were written by John Pacenti and Tony Winton. The series also looked at legislative reform of condominium governance, playing a role in the passage of a bill known as “Condo 3.0.”

The measure , HB 1021, is awaiting action by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

The program is meant to “honor journalists who take risks to expose injustice and demand accountability in order to support a more engaged and informed South Florida community.” Works were judged by the quality of analysis and storytelling, rigor of newsgathering, inclusion of community voices and impact on public understanding or action. 

“We are honored by this recognition for the second year in a row,” said Winton, the editor-in-chief. “We are also very grateful for the support of our community that makes nonprofit journalism possible. To our readers and donors, thank you!”

Here are the other winners and finalists

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