BY BUDDY NEVINS
Sunrise Commissioner Sheila Alu finally got revenge on Tuesday.
Her target: John Ferguson Jr., a garbage executive who once lorded over the lucrative waste hauling business in Sunrise.
He was king of garbage in Sunrise until he ran into Alu. All this took place five years ago.
Ferguson was an executive of All Service Refuse. The company was fighting against Alu’s demand that Sunrise take competitive bids for the city garbage contract. All Service had held the contract without competition for decades.
Ferguson was accused of intimidating and harassing Alu.
The commissioner alleged that detectives hired by the garbage company followed her and probed into her private life. Their goal was to stop her from pushing competitive bids.
At Tuesday’s commission meeting, Alu got back at Ferguson…if only for a month.
She blocked until October consideration of the routine transfer of a University Drive strip bar’s business license because Ferguson owned 10 percent of the joint.
She stopped the debate by publicly revealing Ferguson’s role in the harassment of her. She told commissioners that he had been investigated by the FBI.
Since Alu has worked as an operative for the FBI investigating government corruption, her allegation had weight.
Mayor Mike Ryan, who appeared stunned by Alu’s comments, asked that city staff reinvestigate Ferguson’s background. The transfer was delayed until next month.
Ferguson left All Service after the spat with Alu.