On Wednesday, U.S. Senator from Florida, Marco Rubio visited the now vacant Pensacola federal courthouse that has been shutdown after a mold inspection revealed the building was unsafe.
Before the courthouse was shutdown, U.S. District Judge Casey Rodgers had said, “”Over 50 percent of the employees have reported symptoms consistent with mold and bacteria exposure: headaches and dizziness, nausea, aches and pains. Many of them have suffered these symptoms for years.”
Rubio was taken on tour of the building by Judge Rodgers who at times wore a protective mask to shield himself from the toxic air.
The mold is everywhere such as in the baseboards, walls, and vents.Some rooms the courthouse have been shut and quarantined because the mold is so bad.
After a few minutes of entering the courthouse, Rubio complained that his eyes were watering.
The Senator told the media he would push congressional leaders to approve the $30 million it will take to remediate the moldy building.
“And it was just ignored for far too long,” Rubio said. “Had they jumped on it eight, ten years ago, remediation might have cost far less, but mold spreads and that’s what’s happened here, unfortunately.”
“It’s an issue we think is a priority and we’ll continue to push to get the appropriate senators and congressmen to approve this so we can get the funding so we can get the remediation work done,” Rubio said.