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)

  • The site where an 800-room luxury hotel will be built alongside the Broward County Convention Center, is seen Tuesday 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)

  • FILE - A television cameraman films near the entrance to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, in Boston, , March 23, 2015. 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. Lawmakers delivered $5 million to pay off debts of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate, a nonprofit established to honor the senator that has struggled financially. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

  • A full-scale replica of the U.S. Senate Chamber is displayed inside the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, in Boston, March 23, 2015. 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. Lawmakers delivered $5 million to pay off debts of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate, a nonprofit established to honor the senator that has struggled financially. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

  • A passer-by walks near the engraved name of the late U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy near the main entrance to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, in Boston, March 23, 2015. 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. Lawmakers delivered $5 million to pay off debts of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate, a nonprofit established to honor the senator that has struggled financially. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

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.