According to Sen. Jeff Flake, in 2011 Louisiana’s St. Bernard Parish blew a $289,000 Dept. of Housing and Urban Development grant on buying an ice house. Their goal? Provide ice for fishermen. But they soon discovered that refurbishing this pink elephant was economically unfeasible.
What to do? Return the $289,000? Nooo….
So they spent another $700,000 to tear the first ice house down and build a new one – which nobody needed then, needs now or will ever need.
Said observant fisherman F.J. Campo, “I guess it’s what you would call a catastrophic screw-up on the parish’s part.” We call it another Golden Fleece of taxpayers.