Zurik: City inspectors approved work at the Hard Rock Hotel site, but GPS shows they were not there

FOX8LIVE: By Lee Zurik and Cody Lillich

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) – New Orleans City Hall officials are investigating whether employees signed off on inspections at the construction site of the Hard Rock Hotel without visiting the project.

The construction site collapsed on October 12, 2019, killing three men. The bodies of two of the workers have yet to be recovered from the site. Since the collapse, several agencies have opened investigations into the collapse and the city’s safety and permits office.

FOX 8 News has obtained and analyzed GPS data from the City of New Orleans Department of Safety and Permits that shows several times inspectors logged they signed off on projects at the site, but vehicle data shows they did not visit.

“What you did is what any investigator we hope is doing,” FOX 8 Legal Analyst Joe Raspanti said.

On July 18, 2019, records from the Department of Safety and Permits showed out of 21 vehicles in service that day not one came close to the Hard Rock Hotel construction site.

The inspections log from the city shows inspector Julie Tweeter signed off on work at the construction site that day, but GPS records from the department’s vehicle fleet seems to tell a different story. Through the data, FOX 8 was able to determine which vehicle Tweeter likely drove. It stopped at her house for nearly two hours around noon but never came close to the Hard Rock site at 1031 Canal Street. more

h/t RightWing Feather.

13 Comments on Zurik: City inspectors approved work at the Hard Rock Hotel site, but GPS shows they were not there

  1. I been to a World’s fair, Mardi gras & a whore house in New Orleans,ate a lot of great food & spent a bucket of money there but I will never go back.They can keep their chocolate city.

  2. They’re just following the example of many, mostly demonrat congressmen & senators, never coming near the work they’re paid to do. But instead focusing on activities that may collapse a nation, not just a building. While signing off they did the work they’re responsible for doing.

  3. I think NO was dangerous enough without buildings collapsing.

    The times I’ve been there, 3 days of it was more than enough. The stench of the French Quarter and the attitude of people made me want to get out of there fast. Fuck that city. I’ll never go back.

  4. See, that’s sad. I always wanted to go to the French Quarter (in bright daylight, of course) but the more I think about it, the more I won’t. lol

  5. @ MJA
    If you ever go, the week between Christmas and New Year is the best time. Not as many people and the cooler weather keeps the smell of the vomit in the streets at an acceptable level.

  6. It’s easy to be disgusted with New Orleans, but going there once every 5-10 years is good for you. It makes you appreciate wherever it is you call home. Plus, it’s fun for 2-3 days.

  7. This is the kind of corruption that caused the un-inspected levees to collapse after Katrina, not Bush, and not “white” racists.


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