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Courthouse waiting on certificate of occupancy

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Updated: 5/01/2013 6:53 pm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Action News has learned the new courthouse could have a permanent certificate of occupancy very soon.

City Council President Bill Bishop says it's about time the new $350 million courthouse got a seal of approval. It has been open nearly a year and still only has a temporary certificate of occupancy.

"Oh yes, it's definitely taking forever to get this done," said Bishop.

Action News has learned the building is expected to be all done and up to code this week.

"All but a few minor incidentals like counter tops being lowered, and taking care of handicapped doors," said Bishop.

It took Turner Construction nearly an extra year to fully get the job done. It's costing taxpayers more money. The new doors alone cost $300,000. "We're getting what we paid for," said Bishop.

Bishop says taxpayers should have another big problem with this so-called money pit. "The stops and starts, wasted money and what we went through is what taxpayers should be concerned about. How did we end up with that," said Bishop.

Last year, the city hired an outside firm to start looking at whether to pursue litigation against Turner for all the problems with this new courthouse. As of January, that has cost you an extra $38,000. We did call Turner to ask for comment. They have not gotten back to us.

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TOMMY - 4/30/2013 6:39 AM
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We should be waiting on the refund for all the overcharges and also get a refund on the artwork, what a waste of five million dollaars!

Fred Thompson - 4/30/2013 12:19 AM
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You see! when you build a monstrasoty of a structer(tax payers never really approved of)you get oversites. With the "Americans with disabilitys act" you violated law in the very building to punish law breakers! WHAT?? $300'000 in new doors? One day all us citizens need returned all the taxes ever wasted on every thing imaginable. Jesus said; I SHALL RETURN TO YOU 7 FOLD THAT WICH SATAN STOLE FROM YOU!
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