LEE COUNTY, Fla. - It's your money and almost $14 million of it has been set aside to build the new Fort Myers library. It was supposed to be open in October. But it's still closed, according to the county, because of rain delays.
It's not hard to see construction is still underway at the new Fort Myers library: a project the county says has been delayed because of bad weather.
It was supposed to open in October, then pushed back to mid November, and now mid December.
The old Fort Myers library has been closed since the summer. "It shouldn't be closed because they do a lot of business, we need it open till the other one gets ready," said resident Agatha Monroe.
WINK News wanted to know if getting the other one ready will cost you more money. County spokeswoman Besty Clayton says at this time the delays to the new building shouldn't cost taxpayers anything extra, because the county doesn't think construction will exceed the guaranteed maximum price of almost $14 million.
Clayton did hint at who might have to pay for the delays the construction company: Lodge Construction, in the form of fines, but didn't elaborate.
"...the county's focus continues to be to get it done and then go back and determine what's legitimate and what isn't. Then we will determine any applicable liquidated damages." she said.
Lee County Commissioner Cecil Pendergrass says he'll be asking some questions about the delays at a Tuesday board meeting.
"The contract between the contractor and the county, I'm sure, in the future, we'll be looking at that. What was initially agreed on, and if the contractor is going to be owing us any money back, Pendergrass said.
The county holds meetings every week with the construction manager and architect.
Right now, staff are moving books into the new library. While it's expected to open in a few weeks, the county hopes to celebrate with a grand opening in January.