Pandemic relief money spent on hotel, ballpark, ski slopes

The site where an 800-room luxury hotel will be built alongside the Broward County Convention Center is seen near dark Tuesday, March 22, 2022, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. An Associated Press review finds state and local governments have spent nearly $1 billion worth of federal coronavirus aid on projects that have little to do with combating the pandemic. In Broward County, $140 million will help to build an upscale hotel. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

WASHINGTON — Thanks to a sudden $140 million cash infusion, officials in Broward County, Florida, recently broke ground on a high-end hotel that will have views of the Atlantic Ocean and an 11,000-square-foot spa.