TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The state has agreed to pay more than $500,000 to settle a dispute over artwork for a new appellate courthouse in Tallahassee.
Gov. Rick Scott and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater announced the settlement with two contactors on Tuesday. It also will resolve a lawsuit between agencies headed by the two officials.
Scott's Department of Management Services sued Atwater's office when he refused to pay a contractor hired to provide large, framed historic photos for the 1st District Court of Appeal building.
The $48.8 million structure has been criticized for being too expensive and too opulent. Critics have dubbed it a "Taj Mahal."
The settlement will pay $392,658 remaining on the state's bill for the photos and $122,224 for legal expenses to Peter Brown Construction and Signature Art Gallery.
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Photo courtesy of CBS Miami.