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It's Time for a New Courthouse

There remains a certain charm when entering 73 West Flagler -- the crumbling infrastructure, the rats, the moldy odor of decaying facilities -- and I'm only referring to the lawyers and judges!

Still, even the Herald agrees it is time, and it is -- we've managed to build a stadium that will cost over $2.4 billion so a few thousand can watch baseball, so perhaps we can find it in our set of priorities to update where justice is administered.

Or maybe we just let nature take that sucker back while we continue to litigate as the building turns to rubble -- it'll be like holding court in Ephesus, but with a lot less atmosphere.

What say you, lawyers of Miami?


  1. I'm okay with it as long as it is named after me!

    S/ Former chief judge, Eleventh Circuit designee appellate judge (the federal one you state hacks), full time debonair stud of the lunch crowd, don't call me-Fred, Fred.

    Venezuelan Power!

  2. From the streets and the gutters where the blood flows with the slime and sludge of downtrodden humanity, I bring you greetings and say you get the courthouse you deserve. (Except west palm. No way they deserve that).

  3. When you can't get in or out, that's tort reform!

  4. I will support the tax to build a new civil courthouse when each circuit civil judge swears under oath to do the following: (1) show up to court on time every day; (2) attempt to try at least 1 jury trial per week; and (3) read what is submitted (within your time guidelines) prior to specially-set hearings.

  5. Make them earn it!

  6. In hands of the voters now.....

  7. Late to the party with this comment, but I love the old courthouse. Just because it's old doesn't mean it should be dispensed with as the courthouse. Rather than spend a whole lot on a new courthouse, spend a lot less to renovate the old one, and to retrofit the county building at 140 W. Flagler as an annex. The square footage of a renovated 73 W. Flagler and a retrofitted 140 W. Flagler would be the same as the proposed new courthouse.


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