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Important Step for New Fort Lauderdale Federal Courthouse

Important Step for New Fort Lauderdale Federal Courthouse

Washington, DC – Today, Reps. Lois Frankel (FL-22), Alcee Hastings (FL-20), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23), and Ted Deutch (FL-21) announced that the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has issued a favorable report on the feasibility of building a new federal courthouse in Fort Lauderdale. The report concludes that construction of a new publicly funded courthouse is the best and most cost-effective solution.

“The courthouse is a pillar of a functioning democracy,” Frankel said. “Fort Lauderdale’s federal courthouse serves one of the largest and busiest judicial districts in the country and has been substandard for more than a decade. This report takes us an important step forward towards a new safe and secure facility.”

“Today’s report brings new hope for the construction of the new federal courthouse in Fort Lauderdale. I have worked closely with the South Florida Congressional delegation for years to advocate for this important project. I will continue to prioritize securing funding for a new courthouse and ask that the Judicial Conference committee gives this project the attention it rightly deserves,” Hastings said.

“The people who work at the Fort Lauderdale federal courthouse have dealt with horrendous indoor environmental conditions for too many years,” Wasserman Schultz said. “I’m proud of the work we have done as a congressional delegation and welcome this report on the new courthouse. It will one day serve our constituents and the employees who work there in a way that delivers on the promise of justice and ensures a safe environment for everyone who uses it. It is a testament to our congressional delegation’s work on behalf of South Florida.”

Read more about this issue at https://frankel.house.gov