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07/22/2014Young Developer Renovating Downtown Orlando Hotel

July 22--Inside one of Orlando's most iconic, but aging, hotels, crews in orange hard hats are gutting the building. They're ripping up carpet, tearing down wall coverings and yanking out bathroom fixtures. The lobby is dark, meeting rooms are bare and the floors tacky from the remnants of glue. It's all part of the renovation of the old downtown Orlando Marriott -- a project meant to turn the ...
07/22/2014One Dead, Two Hurt in Ft. Lauderdale Construction Site Accident

July 22--FORT LAUDERDALE -- In the latest in a recent spate of job site tragedies, one worker was killed and two others were injured Monday when a beam collapsed at a Fort Lauderdale construction site, officials said. The death, which apparently occured when the three men were knocked off a ladder, marks at least the sixth workplace fatality in Broward County in the past seven weeks. ...
07/21/2014Former Beazer Homes Officer Convicted on Securities Fraud Charges in Charlotte

July 21--A federal jury in Charlotte has convicted a Georgia man on charges related to a fraud conspiracy committed while he was chief accounting officer at a home building company. According to an FBI news release, Michael T. Rand was found guilty of conspiracy to commit securities fraud; make false and misleading statements to auditors and accountants; circumvent internal accounting ...
07/21/2014All Aboard Florida Unveils West Palm Beach Station Plans

July 21--City and county leaders gathered this morning for the unveiling of plans for All Aboard Florida's West Palm Beach station. The $29 million train station in downtown West Palm Beach will be under construction by late December as the express passenger service pushes forward on its unprecedented project to connect Miami with Orlando by rail. Plans unveiled today are for a sleek narrow ...
07/20/2014Orlando-area Builders Launch Habitat for Humanity Subdivision

July 20--Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando started work on its first single-family subdivision, which will be constructed by both home builders in addition to homebuyers. The nonprofit purchased 38 acres, 11 of which are buildable, in Washington Shores from U.S. Development of Orlando Inc. late last year for $127,000. The Butler Preserve community will include 51 single-family homes and ...
07/20/2014Odebrecht Founder Norberto Odebrecht Dies at 93

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Norberto Odebrecht, founder of the Brazilian construction company behind large-scale projects such as dams and highways in the Amazon jungle and some of the World Cup stadiums, died Saturday of heart problems. He was 93. Odebrecht started the company in 1944 in the city of Salvador to carry on his father's legacy in the construction industry. The conglomerate that carries ...
07/20/2014Broward County, Fla., Highway, Transit Projects at Risk If Federal Money Runs Out

July 20--Fort Lauderdale's Wave streetcar, express toll lane projects on Interstate 75 and new sidewalks are at risk as federal tax money that helps pay for transportation projects is in danger of running out. Congress is moving swiftly to shore up a budget shortfall in the Highway Trust Fund before an August deadline. The House on Tuesday passed a measure for a short-term fix of $10.5 billion ...
07/19/2014Backlash Against All Aboard Florida Jeopardizes Money for TriRail

July 19--Tens of millions of dollars needed to connect a future commuter line through South Florida's historic downtowns with a grand Miami hub is in jeopardy because of the project's ties with All Aboard Florida. At issue is $44 million to build a station for the proposed Tri Rail Coastal Link at All Aboard Florida's Miami facility -- a $150 million transportation, retail and office hub that ...
07/18/2014Obama Reopens East Coast to Oil Exploration

ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Obama administration is reopening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, announcing final approval Friday of sonic cannons that can pinpoint energy deposits deep beneath the ocean floor. The decision promises to create plenty of jobs and thrills the oil industry, but dismays environmentalists worried about the immediate impact as well as ...
07/17/2014Miami-Dade Backs Plan for Cuban Exile Museum Near AmericanAirlines Arena

July 17--Miami-Dade commissioners supported giving county land to a waterfront Cuban exile museum behind the AmericanAirlines Arena, a vote that followed a debate highlighting the community's ethnic sensitivities. "The Cuban exile experience is all about the American story," Commissioner Esteban "Steve" Bovo, the son of a Bay of Pigs veteran, said before the 8-t- 3 vote. "It's about those who ...
07/17/2014Orlando Int'l Airport To Spend $170M to Jump Start People Mover Project

July 17--Orlando International Airport leaders decided to spend almost $170 million Wednesday to build a new people mover, replace two old ones and jump-start a project that eventually could lead to the construction of a second passenger terminal. "This is kind of a big step," said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, who also sits on the seven-member airport board. Airport board members approved three ...
07/17/2014$8.3M Pedestrian Bridge Planned for Downtown Orlando

July 17--Construction could start next year on an $8.3 million pedestrian bridge over traffic-clogged Colonial Drive near Interstate 4 in downtown Orlando. With new apartment buildings and condominiums sprouting throughout downtown, city officials are looking for ways to encourage walking and bicycling. They think the bridge could get more people out and about -- and across Colonial without ...
07/17/2014Rail Expert Calls All Aboard Florida a 'Worthwhile Effort'

July 17--Skepticism of All Aboard Florida's success by transportation experts has buoyed foes, but one analyst says the express rail project has the potential to be the first profitable passenger service in the country. Robert Poole, the South Florida-based director of transportation for the Reason Foundation, said All Aboard Florida "appears to have identified a market niche" where passenger ...
07/15/2014Tampa Port to Ask FDOT for Full Study on Options to Save Cruise Business

July 15--TAMPA -- The Tampa Port Authority Board plans to send a letter to the Florida Department of Transportation asking that agency to proceed with a feasibility study to determine how Port Tampa Bay can keep its cruise business alive. The height of the Sunshine Skyway is at the heart of the issue, since it is not tall enough to allow newer and larger cruise ships to sail under it to reach ...
07/15/2014Construction Progresses on FPL's $1.2B Port Everglades Powerplant

July 15--One year after demolishing its 1960s oil-fired plant at Port Everglades known for its red-striped stacks, Florida Power & Light Co. has cleared away the debris and completed about 10 percent of its new $1.2 billion plant that will be fueled by cleaner and cheaper natural gas. On Tuesday, about 400 workers were busy at the massive construction site. Some were digging to lay work on ...
07/15/2014EDITORIAL: Congress Needs to Hit the Gas!

July 15--Congress has roused itself, at the last minute, and now is scrambling to save the Highway Trust Fund. Better late than never. Better still will be if lawmakers agree to come up with the money to prevent the fund from becoming insolvent. It's only a matter of weeks before that happens -- and it's the same with lawmakers' August break. If they don't, Americans across the country should ...
07/14/2014SunRail, Wekiva Parkway Projects at Risk If Federal Money Runs Out

July 14--Federal tax money that pays for roads and passenger trains all over the country, including the Wekiva Parkway and SunRail in metro Orlando, will run out in just a few weeks unless Congress finds billions of extra dollars. If Congress goes into its five-week August recess without setting aside the additional cash for the so-called Highway Trust Fund, projects big and small could be ...
07/14/2014West Palm Beach Officials Await All Aboard Florida Plan

July 14--WEST PALM BEACH -- West Palm Beach city officials have yet to see designs for All Aboard Florida's proposed train station even as the private company adds land to its downtown cache and plans for an architectural debut later this month. The most recent property acquisition was an $860,000 purchase in April of a plot of unused land from Florida Power & Light that will be used for an ...
07/13/2014Preservationists Rally Behind Miami Modern District

July 13--When lawyer and developer Shepard Broad created the town of Bay Harbor Islands 60 years ago from two mangrove clumps in the middle of Biscayne Bay, he recruited an all-star crew of local architects for a bold undertaking. Over a dozen years, they forged a showcase of modern architecture with a decidedly subtropical twist on the town's East Island -- a cohesive collection of dozens of ...
07/12/2014Orlando Airport Gets OK for Fee Increase for $1B Expansion Project

July 12--Orlando International Airport received federal approval Friday to extend a ticket tax to help pay for what eventually could be a more than $1 billion expansion. Right now, every passenger who flies out of Orlando International pays a $4.50 fee that goes for major projects. It was unclear Friday if the entire $4.50 will continue to be levied, or how long the fee will be in place. It is ...
07/11/2014N.C. Coal-Ash Cleanup Bill Destined for Compromise Committee

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A co-author of a Senate bill to clean up coal ash ponds at Duke Energy's North Carolina power plants said Thursday that his chamber would reject the House's competing version of the measure, requiring negotiators to forge a compromise. Sen. Tom Apodaca, R-Henderson, said the Senate would "absolutely not" agree with changes the House made to the measure the Senate passed ...
07/10/2014MetLife to Build $110M Distribution Center in Henry County, Ga.

MetLife announced today that it will soon break ground on a 3 million square foot industrial park at a cost of $110 million. Named the "Lambert Farms Distribution Center," the distribution space will be set up to accommodate up to two 1.5 million square foot facilities. The site will be located in Henry County, Georgia, 25 miles from downtown Atlanta. The project is expected to create 1,200 ...
07/10/2014Archer Western JV to Build $20M Orlando VA Medical Simulation Complex

July 10--The Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded a Chicago-based construction company a $20 million contract to build the veterans' medical simulation training center at Lake Nona, the agency said Thursday. Archer Western/DeMaria Joint Venture VIII of Chicago was tapped to build the 53,000-square-foot SimLEARN National Simulation Center on the campus of the new Orlando VA Medical Center ...
07/10/2014White House Threatens Veto of House Bill With MOX Construction Funding

July 10--The White House threatened Wednesday to veto a House spending bill, partially because it includes funding to continue construction on the mixed-oxide fuel fabrication facility at Savannah River Site. The Obama administration opposed House passage of the Energy and Water appropriations bill that funds the U.S. Department of Energy, saying it prevents cheaper alternatives for plutonium ...
07/09/2014Belk Plans $47M Expansion of S.C. E-Commerce Center

July 09--Charlotte-based Belk Inc. announced on Wednesday a $47 million investment to expand its e-commerce distribution and fulfillment center in Union County, S.C. The more than 345,000-square-foot expansion is expected to increase the facility's square footage by 50 percent and add 20 jobs, bringing the total employee count at the Jonesville location to 314. Belk leases the property from ...

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