At the same time, county comptroller Martha Haynie confirms sheis looking for a national construction consultant to do a year-longaudit on the project, one of the costliest commercial publicventures in county annals. Haynie didn't disclose the estimated feethe county would pay the consultant.

GlobeSt.com reported the audit was being considered in a June 22article.

Orange County chairman Rich Crotty is paying prominent Orlandolawyer Egerton van den Berg $48,000 to do a 90-day investigation onthe convention center's progress to date. That is the newestelement in a scenario that may show more smoke than fire, evencritics of the expensive project tell GlobeSt.com on condition ofanonymity.

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