“PORK OF CORPUS CHRISTI?“ PORT COMMISSIONERS APPROVE OVER $1.2 MILLION “CHANGE ORDER” FOR NEW BUILDING OFFICES FOR CEO SEAN STRAWBRIDGE.
In yet another shocking discovery uncovered exclusively by the Crónica, the Port of Corpus Christi approved over $1.2 million dollar, change order for the fourth floor build out for offices that will house CEO Sean Strawbridge. Construction industry experts tell the Crónica that “change orders” should only be used in the event of a significant construction discovery, like asbestos removal, not for a swanky build out using public monies. Serious questions have arisen about the unchecked spending by Port Commissioners and Strawbridge. The Crònica broke the news about a $240,000 television set and $160,000 art piece, Commissioners purchased for Strawbridge‘s new building with public monies. Notoriously, Strawbridge also spent $800 for Hotel Zaza Friday room nights for he and County Judge Barbara Canales, who is the live in lover to Port of Corpus Christi lawyer Doug Allison.
The new Port office facility was expected to be completed in September 2020, but costs appear to have exploded and the project is nearing a year delay. The Port of Corpus Christi community nickname? The “Pork of Corpus Christi.”
Port officials say no comment. More to come in our investigative series. See documented Port of Corpus Christi agenda item here:
11.d) Approve a Change Order in the amount of $1,238,869 with Bartlett Cocke Beecroft JV for construction services to build out the fourth floor space in the New Port Office Facility project.