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'Millions of dollars of wasteful spending.' A look at Gov. Scott's post-Irma debris deals, including firm under scrutiny for FIU collapsed bridge


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https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article213762674.html

 

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Soon after Hurricane Irma slammed into the state, Gov. Rick Scott made the decision to ignore the debris removal contracts already in place in the Florida Keys and instead push forward with a plan to issue emergency contracts for the lucrative work of clearing fallen trees and palm fronds, as well as the remnants of destroyed homes and trailers.

 

One of the companies selected had no previous emergency debris removal experience, while more qualified firms were prevented from even submitting bids.

 

The governor’s emergency contracts will end up costing taxpayers an additional $28 million to $30 million, according to an analysis by CBS4 News.

 

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By the afternoon of Sept. 13, the state decided on two firms: MCM and Community Asphalt. (In an unrelated matter, MCM is currently under scrutiny for its role in constructing the FIU pedestrian bridge that collapsed in March killing six people.)

 

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