One Building is an icon, visited by tourists from all over the world. The other building, in Miami, they want to demolish it and have us foot the bill for a new building. One way or another, it is going to cost us big-time. They tried a Bond vote but the public rejected that.
First, why was this building not kept up over the years? It is a travesty. Why can New York maintain an older building and we can't maintain ours? Are New Yorker's smarter?
So now that we have let the courthouse run down into ruin, I have a new question. The County Government knew for years that they have not kept up the building so why didn't they put aside money to rebuild it? Let's face it, Gimenez has been at the County for 12 years. We could have $360 million stashed away by now (what they claim in needed to replace it) with a sum of $10 million a year (a paltry sum in a $7 billion dollar budget).
Why should we pay for their neglect? Or worse, why should we have to give the land to a developer to get a new building? Wouldn't it have been cheaper to just do upkeep every year?
Condo owners call it reserves. Where are the reserves of Miami Dade County for projects such as this?
|Here is an example of dumb upkeep: Look at the beautiful historic floor in the the courthouse bathroom. What did they do? They covered it with a shit floor. Why didn't they just fix up the original, beautiful floor?|
The Miami Herald article