This story about the new Broward County, Florida courthouse opening being delayed because of a toxic mold problem is proof that new construction projects can be plagued with mold. The ironic twist to this story is that the old courthouse was abandoned four years ago due to a mold infestation that resulted in serious health issues for many Broward County employees.

Channel 7 News Miami reports, “Four years ago, Broward County broke ground on the $200 million Broward County Judicial Complex. The building’s opening is now about a year late, it’s because of mold.

The old Broward County courthouse has dealth with numerous problems: flooding, asbestos, and black mold, which 7News chronicled in 2003.

Clerk of Courts Howard Forman said the county needs to fix the problem quickly.

“It is ironic,” Forman said. “But they have to move very quickly and solve the problem.”

Neva Rainford-Smith claims the mold in the old building made her sick. She has worked there for 16 years.

“Over the years it has just gradually increased,” Rainford-Smith said. “Now I’m sick almost every week. I’m either in the emergency room or in the hospital, using my sick days.”

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