If we pay for a building do we get to keep it?

stupid-1245103__340More animal control weirdness.  The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) agreed to use $1.5 million of taxpayer money to pay for a new animal shelter in Stock Island, but it doesn’t sound like this facility is going to belong to the taxpayers.

Apparently, the county already donated the land for the new facility to the Florida Keys Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (FKSPCA).  Is it even legal for a government to give away public land to a private entity?  I’d love to know the circumstances behind this donation.  Who will actually own the building the taxpayers are being forced to contribute to?  What happens if the county and the FKSPCA part ways?  I don’t see anything about it in FKSPCA’s agreement with the county.

In the mean time, they’ve done nothing to address the high kill rate at the Upper Keys shelter.  Zero.

Looks like the BOCC is blindly and stupidly leading us into another mess.  They can’t seem to help themselves.  The funny thing is they know they’re incompetent.  Here’s a quote that’s just…hoo boy.

County Administrator Roman Gastesi told commissioners the Florida Keys SPCA, which holds county contracts to provide county animal-control service in the Lower and Middle Keys, has raised the $6 million it pledged to rebuild the aging and undersized Stock Island shelter. But the SPCA needs an additional $1.5 million to cover building costs, which have soared to $7.5 million because of the construction boom that raised prices.

There’s no “construction boom that raised prices”.  The iPhone Bandit can retire that silly excuse right now.  There are irresponsible county officials who refuse to control spending.  It’s a self-perpetuating cycle.  The BOCC blindly approves every change order and every spending increase that comes along.  Not only that, the projects are poorly planned and poorly scoped.  If it’s not active deception, it has to be high-level incompetence.  Bernstein Park is great example.  Every contractor within 200 miles is more than happy to take advantage of these twits.



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