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Florida stimulus projects land on 100 most wasteful list



A report alleging the 100 most wasteful stimulus projects was released today by Republican Sens. John McCain and Tom Coburn, and several Florida projects make the list:

  1. Restoration of Fort Jefferson at Dry Tortugas National Park. "Located 70 miles off shore, the park is almost entirely underwater and accessible only by airplane, private boat or ferry. Despite its remote location, the park will get $13,304,484 in repairs for its main above-water attraction, Fort Jefferson."
  2. Researchers at Florida International University received nearly $60,000 to document and provide statistical analysis regarding the rise of colonial lawsuits in the Spanish Empire.
  3. Highlands County Commission got $1.1 million to install a fiberoptic cable so 14 traffic lights are better coordinated, thus reducing fuel emissions from vehicles on the road.
  4. Jupiter Inlet National Historic Lighthouse will get $442,000 for interior painting and restoration of a small building next door to the lighthouse that was formerly used as a workshop and Coast Guard housing.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:16am]


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