House Wants Supremes in "Tallahassee Taj Mahal" 1st DCA Building

By: The News Service of Florida
By: The News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, Florida -- March 16, 2011

A proposed committee bill that will be heard Thursday splitting the Supreme Court into two courts also would move the newly cleft Supreme Court into the controversial new First District Court of Appeal Building in Tallahassee. House Speaker Dean Cannon, one of several lawmakers critical of the lavishness of the new appeals court, denied Wednesday that he was punishing the appeals court judges who pushed for the new building by seeking to move them out of their brand new building. “Absolutely not,” said Cannon, R-Winter Park. “It was convenient that the 1st DCA was built with two large courtrooms.” Cannon proposed splitting the Supreme Court into two courts, one for civil cases and one for criminal, but said he didn’t “claim credit” for also proposing the move into the new building. The bill (PCB CVJS 11-07) is on the agenda for Thursday’s meeting of the House Civil Justice Committee, chaired by Rep. Eric Eisnaugle. The committee wrote the bill. The sentence “The Supreme Court Building shall be at 2000 Drayton Drive, Tallahassee,” is tucked into the 140 page bill on page 14. Drayton Drive in the city’s suburban Southwood complex is the site of the new $48 million courthouse that the judges of the 1st DCA lobbied for and that then became controversial for being expensive and extravagant. Several lawmakers have criticized the court’s judges, particularly Judge Paul Hawkes, who pushed for the court and was involved in its design, for having the bigger and more elaborate courthouse built. The committee measure is silent on where the 1st DCA would sit, a detail Cannon said would have to be worked out in the legislative process. If it weren’t able to remain in its new building, an obvious option would be the current Supreme Court building across the street from the Capitol in downtown Tallahassee.

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  • by dog Location: gone on Mar 18, 2011 at 05:50 AM
    Turn it in to a HOMELESS SHELTER . Have a work detail, work or get on down the road.
  • by abby Location: tallahassee on Mar 17, 2011 at 03:45 PM
    I sincerely hope everyone realizes that the Legislature APPROVED every penny spent on the building. It is cowardly to blame the Judges now.
  • by tax payer Location: fl on Mar 17, 2011 at 03:25 PM
    WHAT A BEAUTY. maby oneday i can afford aplace to live.
  • by Ima Location: Tallahassee on Mar 17, 2011 at 02:38 PM
    It's not a "Taj Mahal". Even the Days Inn and the "projects" have flat screen TVs and granite counter tops now. It's not the 60's, for heavens sake. You can't even BUY a TV that's not a flatscreen anymore.
  • by Anonymous Location: Florida on Mar 17, 2011 at 01:43 PM
    The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum located in Agra, India. There are courtrooms, obviously, you have no idea where they are located in the 1DCA Courthouse. I'm still waiting to know where the 700,000 jobs will be in the state.
  • by gram on Mar 17, 2011 at 01:37 PM
    It is so out of place-their should be bellydancers on the porch.
  • by Tax Saving Costs Location: Tallahassee, Leon, Co. on Mar 17, 2011 at 12:26 PM
    I have driven by the Taj Mahal, it is huge. Only saw inside on tv. It could be remodeled to make most anything work including adding courtrooms and when CEO Scott is done laying off, it may fit everyone. Using less space, going green is the going thing.
  • by alex on Mar 17, 2011 at 12:11 PM
    I think they should let us rent it out for parties
  • by Anonymous on Mar 17, 2011 at 11:54 AM
    Tax Cost Savings?, You realize that there are no courtrooms in the Taj Mahal. There are conference rooms for negotiations and depositions, but no courtrooms.
  • by IsthisReal Location: Tally on Mar 17, 2011 at 10:25 AM
    Saw this coming....
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