'Taj Mahal' Opens with Phone Troubles

By: Mike Vasilinda Email
By: Mike Vasilinda Email

Monday was the first day the new 50 million dollar appellate court was open for business….sort of. Our initial calls to the court were met with this:

“Hold the line, and an operator will assist you shortly.”

When we arrived unannounced, the security guard at the front desk couldn’t reach anyone either. Finally, the court Marshall told us they were too busy getting settled to give us tour. Earlier this month we went through the unopened building with State Senator Mike Fasano. He says every tax payer in Florida should be concerned with the the opulence.”

“The judges have a bathroom in their chamber that is sound-proof,” Fasano said. “Now, why would we, the taxpayers, have to pay for a sound-proof bathroom within a judge’s chamber?”

Make no mistake, lawmakers funded the building in 2007. But Fasano says he will hold hearings in January over what he calls deceitful manipulation of the legislature.

“That building is going to actually cost the taxpayers, once those bonds are paid off in a 30 year period of time, it will actually cost over 70 million dollars of tax payer money,” Fasano said.

Powerful FSU Alumni also helped grease the money for the new courthouse.

The old courthouse is just 30 years old, and after some renovations, it will be part of the FSU law school.

Fasano had sought to delay the court’s move into the new building, but it was already in progress before he asked for the court to wait.

The Appeals court will hear its first case in the new courthouse in early January.


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  • by Michael Location: Tallahassee on Dec 21, 2010 at 12:46 PM
    I heard when they flipped the power switch at the Taj Mahal today that it caused a major power outage downtown.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 21, 2010 at 09:29 AM
    I think it'd make a great cold weather homeless shelter. The judges won't mind, right?
  • by rureallysurprised Location: logal on Dec 21, 2010 at 09:17 AM
    Is anyone surprised that a past FSU prez might have his fingers in the State money for FSU and the old Court building. What's new about this. Just look at the money wasted on the stadium with the brick vaneer.
  • by sherry Location: perry on Dec 21, 2010 at 09:14 AM
    I THINK IT SHOULD BE TORN DOWN TO SETAN EXAMPLE OF GOVERNMENT WASTE. they sain on the news last night it is more like 70 not 50 million$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ wake up people.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 21, 2010 at 05:30 AM
    Get over it already. The money has been spent long ago. Now the only smart thing to do is get the most utilization out of this building. Nothing to see here, move along!
  • by Phones??? on Dec 21, 2010 at 05:24 AM
    I knew there was something we forgot. We forgot money to get the phones working. This absolutely ticks me off. There is money if the legislature wants it. They will find the money. But to take care of state workers or fund programs that are needed? Sorry the state is broke.
  • by Billo Location: Tally on Dec 21, 2010 at 05:15 AM
    Have you heard what comes out of some of these judges mouths? Hate to hear what comes out the other end. For that, i am all in favor of sound proof bathrooms.
  • by Night Viewer Location: TLH on Dec 21, 2010 at 05:13 AM
    Drive by this thing at night and you can see the wonderful dome lights shining bright! Maybe by next Christmas they can make them red and green!
  • by Elizabeth Location: tallahassee on Dec 21, 2010 at 04:56 AM
    Taj Mahal has phne troubles but the judges bathrooms are sound proof. what a joke. Citizens of FLa are paying for this JOKE and we can't even get a look at the judges bathrooms no less use them
  • by Anonymous on Dec 20, 2010 at 09:14 PM
    Terri, I agree, but they can't move the Supreme Court in because there are no courtrooms in this building. The 1st DCA holds hearings in meeting rooms not courtrooms. What a waste of our tax dollard. I've also heard that a certain past FSU Prez had his hands all in this. Told them how to introduce this bill in a DOT bill. What does building a courthouse have to do with the Dept. of Transportation? He also obtained funding to remodel their old building for FSU prior to even knowing this bill would pass and FSU would get the old building.
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