The Real Deal Miami

SF projects rebuked for nabbing public funds

May 24, 2010 05:00PM

A collection of South Florida development projects are the subject of scrutiny from research group Florida TaxWatch, after receiving upwards of $1 million in undue public funds, according to the South Florida Business Journal. The projects named include the renovation of a Miami-Dade County senior center, which recently received $1.7 million in taxpayer money after completing a separate $1 million state-funded renovation and expansion, and the Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale, which received $1 million in taxpayer funds. Dominic Calabro, CEO of Florida TaxWatch, said that while his group isn’t trying to criticize the projects, it is arguing that the money should be directed toward other developments. “Money is so badly needed for housing and feeding families and to invest in and maintain the businesses they created that generate jobs and fuel Florida’s economy,” Calabro said. [SFBJ]