JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - We already know the Florida Department of Transportation is going after an insurance company to recover the nearly $3 million in affiliated costs to repair the Mathews Bridge.
We've now learned the city is doing that as well.
"The sheer manpopwer that we're alocating from JSO to man all these intersections, the additional costs for JTA buses, school buses, and the like...any of those expenses, in my opinion, should be borne by the offending party," says city councilman John Crescimbeni.
Crescimbeni says there's no clear sum or timeline to get the money back at this time.
"Something is better than nothing," he says.
General Counsel Cindy Laquidara says the fault for the closure clearly lies in the boats that towed a ship in to the bridge.
Whenever there is an expense incurred from teh city that is unexprected we look to see what's prompted it."
So while she wouldn't say just how much money the city has spent in extra police hours or related costs she says the city is speaking to attorneys for that company.
"We think the facts align as such that we will have a strong argument," Laquidara says.
She expects it will take about 9 months before we know if litigation will follow.