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Posted: 5:02 a.m. Monday, June 18, 2012
By Andrew Greenstein
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. —
After literally an eternity, the new Duval County Courthouse finally opens its doors today.
The courthouse was supposed to have opened the day after Memorial Day, but a series of failed fire inspections delayed the opening and forced a temporary move back to the old courthouse.
The first hearing with be an adoption case before Judge David Gooding at eight this morning.
Voters approved the courthouse in September of 2000 as part of the Better Jacksonville Plan.
Its original price tag was supposed to be $190-million.
The final cost to you the taxpayer -- $350-million.
The new courthouse is a whopping 800,000 square feet in size.
The Clerk of Courts offices takes up the entire first floor and part of the second floor, which also contains the jury selection room, a few family courtrooms and a cafeteria.
Dozens of courtrooms are found on the third through sixth floors, and the judges' chambers and hearing rooms are on the top floor.
Click here for a photo gallery.
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