State overseer defends role on 'Taj Mahal' courthouse
The state agency supervising construction of a new 1st District Court of Appeal says it saved the state money while supervising construction of the new courthouse many call a "Taj Mahal."
In a formal response to a highly critical audit of the project released last month by Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, officials at the Department of Management Services say they complied with state laws, used money provided by the Legislature and supervised construction of a building design selected by the court's judges
"DMS has met all its responsibilities … and done so in a professional manner," Secretary Linda South noted in a 13-page response submitted Thursday to legislators, the Florida Supreme Court and others. (story here)