Miami Marlins Ballpark Under Scrutiny Again

The City of Miami is already under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission for questions surrounding the financing of the new Marlins ballpark. There are questions about how the money was raised, and now there are questions with how well the contractors used the money. From CBS Miami:

Engineering specifications ignored. Contractors cutting corners to save time and money. He even caught a fellow inspector falsifying records and signing off on welds he never examined.

"If people knew what was going on there or how they did things, I mean, I won’t go to that stadium, I won’t take my kids to that place," (welder and building inspector Roy) Fastabend told CBS4’s Jim DeFede in an exclusive interview.

Well, I wouldn't take my kid there either, but for entirely different reasons.

Now Miami-Dade County’s inspector general is looking into the allegations from Fastabend, while the City of Miami is apparently satisfied after an internal investigation

City Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, a critic of the publicly financed stadium deal, said he was satisfied after reviewing the documents collected by the inspector general.

"The engineer of record has indicated it’s a structurally sound building,’’ Sarnoff said.

That might be the eventual resolution, but at the very least it's a bit of a public-relations nightmare for the Marlins. Not sure about the other 24 ballparks built within the past two decades, but I doubt any of them had a building inspector come out and say that he wouldn't take his kids there.

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