JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It is still questionable that the new courthouse is going to open on Tuesday morning. Your tax dollars paid for this more than $350 million dollar project that is over budget and years overdue.
We asked Mayor Alvin Brown about the problems and a possible alternate plan if the courthouse doesn't open on Tuesday. Mayor Brown said, "I think the courthouse is going to be fine. I think the key is making sure people are safe."
Mayor Brown would not give us specific plans on an alternate location for court if the new courthouse does not open on time. He said, "I think specifically if it doesn't work, there will be a plan."
We also asked him about a months-old report that highlighted concerns with the fire and smoke systems at the courthouse. "I can't speak to that report, I haven't seen the report," Mayor Brown said.
Brown added, "I think no matter what happens, we'll be able to serve the public."
Two weeks ago, on May 10, we interviewed the city's senior project manager Dave Schneider. He is overseeing the courthouse project. We asked him about any possible problems with the fire and smoke systems. At the time, he told us there were no problems with the smoke systems, and they were testing them.
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