Gitmo Renovation Costs Top $500 million
The local ice cream and Starbucks cafe cost another $683,000 to build, and the base's KFC/Taco Bell, housed in an unprepossessing cinder-block building that was almost completely empty when I stopped by there in April, cost another $773,000 to remodel.
For a glimpse at the base and inside that unimpressive Taco Bell, check out the Gitmo video diary I made after my trip there in the Spring.
It's worth noting that in addition to the more than $500 million construction costs, the government recently acknowledged that it costs $150 million a year to operate the Guantanamo detention camp. That's double the cost of operating a prison on U.S. soil, the Post notes.