The Contact 5 Investigators went up in the air in Chopper 5 to see how much vacant property is owned by government agencies in our area.
This tower was built to be occupied at the Palm Beach International Airport. It now sits unused and the federal government says it expects to spend even more money on it before it is able to be used because the tower was not built big enough.
A look at Mecca Farms: a large area of land owned by Palm Beach County, but currently not being used. The County still pays to maintain it.
Indian River County School District tore down the main school building here, but left 40 portable classroom buildings on the property. The school district is now using tax dollars to maintain the property and the buildings.
The State of Florida closed this Belle Glade Correctional Facility last November. Now, it is vacant and not being used, even though the state still owns it and has to pay to maintain it.
This structure is the foundation of the Scripps Labs facility that occupies Mecca Farms in Palm Beach County. The facility was not completed on this site, which now sits vacant and is costing tax payers money to maintain.
Palm Beach County owns a large vacant property called Mecca Farms. It also has to pay to maintain the vacant land.
The Indian River County School District owns and maintains 40 vacant portable classrooms that tax payers are footing the bill for.