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.
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