Florida Taxpayer-Funded Job Facility Empty Since 2011 Continued To Get Money; Destroyed Records

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Via BPR

A taxpayer-funded educational facility in Miami-Dade County intended to teach at-risk teens job skills is sitting vacant and unused, which has been the case since 2011.

The building, in Cutler Bay, fails to benefit the public despite ample initial funding, according to a county inspector general’s audit. It’s also doubtful a single student has benefitted from the project as designed.

As part of a community grant agreement between the county and Bay Point Schools Inc, a nonprofit alternative school for minors with criminal pasts, $1 million in taxpayer money went toward the construction of a 13,400-square-foot building for the purpose of vocational training programs. The Lennar Foundation, a charitable arm of a nationwide housing corporation, pledged an additional $1 million.

Bay Point Schools is no longer a legal entity, and auditors have determined at least 80 percent of money was lost because of poor decisions.

If there’s a saving grace it’s the option for the local government and other stakeholders to find a tenant, but nothing has been secured.

Approved in May 2008, the building was meant to be part of the larger campus that sits on land owned by the Ethel and W. George Kennedy Family Foundation, a Miami-Dade charitable group focusing on children’s issues.