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The nerve of Brazil’s Odebrecht, the construction company of the world’s dictators

Via Capitol Hill Cubans:

The Nerve of Odebrecht

According to The Miami Herald, the Brazilian conglomerate Odebrecht has sent a letter to Miami-Dade County threatening to sue if the Commission doesn't present for consideration -- and approve -- the controversial Airport City project.

Thus, not only does Odebrecht feel entitled to Miami-Dade taxpayer money, but it also feels entitled to control the agenda of the democratically-elected County Commission.

Can you imagine the uproar if Exxon-Mobil or Halliburton threatened to sue the U.S. Congress if it didn't consider federal projects it had an interest in? Or if the Fanjuls threatened to sue the U.S. Congress if it didn't pass a Farm Bill?

Who elected them?

In the letter, Odebrecht claims it has spent $11 million preparing for the Airport City project.

That's quite presumptuous considering the fact that the Miami-Dade County Commission hasn't even voted to approve the project.

Did Odebrecht think that Miami-Dade County was a rubber stamp? Or has Odebrecht gotten unduly used to so many hand-me-outs throughout the years?

The irony here is that Odebrecht is a company notorious for costing Miami-Dade taxpayers millions in chronic cost-overruns and reimbursements.

To wit: What do the MIA South Terminal, Miami Intermodal Center, MIA North Terminal and the Carnival Center all have in common?

They were tens of millions over-cost and behind schedule -- all courtesy of Odebrecht.

Let's not forget the $25.5 million in cost-overruns that Odebrecht cost Miami-Dade taxpayers for the Performing Arts Center.

Yet now it wants to sue taxpayers?

Perhaps Miami-Dade taxpayers should sue Oderbecht to recoup all of their wasted money.

Continue reading HERE.

1 comment to The nerve of Brazil’s Odebrecht, the construction company of the world’s dictators

  • asombra

    I visited that Performing Arts Center (now named after some local rich moneybags) foolishly expecting that it would actually reflect the huge amount of money and time that was spent on it. I was distinctly underwhelmed, as in, WTF? Where did all that money go? It clearly did not go into the actual facility, which I found undistinguished, not to say generic, and in some respects laughable (a prominent feature of the interior lobby area, I believe meant to honor donors and such, looked way too much like the Vietnam War Memorial in DC, which was wildly inappropriate). The "cheaper" (relatively speaking) seats afforded the same view I would have had watching the event on TV at home, only without any kind of close-ups, and that "cheaper" seating area looked and felt cheap. I was sorry I bothered going, and never went back. But yes, that's a classic Miami experience.