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03/04/2015Orlando Hotels Plan Renovations to Stay Competitive

March 04--From constructing on-property water parks to restaurant overhauls to simply buying new furniture for guestrooms, many hotels in Central Florida are getting a facelift. With more than 120,000 hotel rooms in the region, many hotels seeking a competitive edge are remodeling -- adding everything from water parks to meeting rooms, and overhauling restaurants and buying new furniture. One ...
03/03/2015Miami Herald's Iconic Building Demolished

March 03--She's gone. By the time the last girder was down on Tuesday, there was nothing but blue sky where the Miami Herald's hulking headquarters stood for half a century. As if she'd never been there at all. She was the grande dame on Miami's bayfront when they started taking her down, chunk by chunk, in a strange, slow-motion demolition that took a full year and a half. But then she was ...
03/03/2015Planning Board Recommends Approval of Lincoln County, N.C., Solar Farm

March 03--A planned 40-acre solar farm would fit well with its surroundings and should be approved, the Lincoln County Planning Board unanimously recommended Monday night. HelioSage Energy, a Virginia-based solar energy developer, is proposing to build and operate the farm east of the four-lane N.C. 16 Bypass near unincorporated Lowesville in eastern Lincoln County. With the Planning Board's ...
03/03/2015Is All Aboard Florida Rebranding as the 'Bright Line'?

March 03--All Aboard Florida could be changing its name to Bright Line. The high-speed rail company has trademarked the names Bright, Bright Line and Bright Rail, according to U.S. Patent and Trademark Office records. But All Aboard Florida is remaining mum about its plans. A spokeswoman didn't deny the controversial railroad would be rebranded, but wouldn't confirm it, indicating only that ...
03/03/2015Planned $1B Petroleum Pipeline Will Cross Entire Georgia Coast

March 03--Local residents interested in a proposed petroleum pipeline that will run through 210 miles of Georgia, crossing four of the state's major rivers, can attend a meeting Wednesday to learn more. The Georgia Department of Transportation and Palmetto Products Pipe Line LLC are hosting the public information open house at 5 p.m. Wednesday at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Savannah Airport, ...
03/03/2015Orlando's Construction-Job Growth Outpaces Other Sectors

March 03--Construction has shown more robust job growth in Metro Orlando during the past year than any other area of employment, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. One of the region's hardest-hit industries during the housing crash and the Great Recession grew at triple the rate of job growth as the overall Orlando economy from December 2013 through December 2014, the bureau's ...
03/03/2015Report: Miami's Downtown Condo Market to Cool Down

March 03--A new study confirms the latest chatter from real estate watchers: Miami's sizzling downtown condo market is cooling down. Skyrocketing construction costs, overheated land prices and falling foreign currencies have finally caught up with a housing market that boomed after the lean years of the recession. But unlike the last go-around, when highly leveraged projects brought the house ...
03/02/2015FDOT Considers Widening Florida's Turnpike in Palm Beach County

March 02--In what officials are calling another sign of a recovering economy, the state Department of Transportation is reviving plans to expand Florida's Turnpike in Palm Beach County with additional lanes from Boca Raton to Palm Beach Gardens. No construction money is available yet, but the DOT wants to start work over the next five years on $46 million in designs for widening the turnpike ...
02/28/201550-Year-Old USF Dorms to Make Way for New Student Housing

Feb. 28--TAMPA -- It was a busy year. President Lyndon B. Johnson declared "War on Poverty." The Beatles hit U.S. shores. The World's Fair opened in New York. Health officials made the formal connection between smoking and lung cancer. And in 1964, on the north side of the University of South Florida campus, a set of dormitories collectively known as Andros I opened to 650 students. College ...
02/27/2015Georgia Power Reports Share of Vogtle Cost Increases to State Regulators

Feb. 27--Georgia Power Co. told state regulators Friday that its share of capital construction costs for the Plant Vogtle expansion has risen $246 million, and asked for approval of completion dates 18 months later than previous schedules. The capital costs are now $5.045 billion, up from $4.8 billion previously reported, the nuclear power plant's primary owner disclosed in its newest ...
02/27/2015Planet Hollywood Unveils Redesign for Disney Springs

Feb. 27--Planet Hollywood is transforming its iconic globe at Downtown Disney into what the company is calling a turn-of-the-20th-century observatory. The Orlando-based company unveiled plans Thursday for a redesigned restaurant at the Disney shopping and entertainment complex. The goal is to bring it in line with the Disney Springs design under construction there. The Planet Hollywood project ...
02/26/2015$10.50 Tolls Fail to Keep Miami's I-95 Express Lanes Moving

Feb. 26--Higher tolls aren't keeping drivers out of the I-95 express lanes in Miami-Dade County. And that means it's increasingly slow-going, especially for northbound commuters who thought they were paying a premium for a faster trip out of downtown Miami. The state last year raised the maximum toll on the express lanes to $10.50, with the idea it would discourage some drivers from entering. ...
02/26/2015SunRail Expansion in Central Florida Pushed Back Six Months

Feb. 26--The planned SunRail commuter-train expansion south into Osceola County and north to DeLand in Volusia County will be delayed by at least six months, pushing back the projected start date to the summer of 2017. Difficulties in securing $126 million in federal grants are behind the delay, said Noranne Downs, the state Department of Transportation administrator in charge of SunRail. ...
02/25/2015All Aboard Florida Officials Rail Against Opposition Group's Study

Feb. 25--All Aboard Florida officials took aim at an economic study paid for by a local group fighting the company's plan to return passenger rail service to the Florida East Coast Railway tracks, saying the 15-page analysis "relies solely on assumptions and speculation." In a one-sentence statement sent Monday to The Palm Beach Post, Lynn Martenstein, All Aboard Florida's Vice President of ...
02/25/2015Construction to Start on Univ. of South Carolina's $25M Research Center

Feb. 25--Springtime 2016 is slated to provide downtown Columbia with development bookends: pro baseball on the north end of the city center and a long-awaited opening of a key link in the future of USC's Innovista campus. Shovels no doubt are being shined for the groundbreaking Thursday of the University of South Carolina's $25 million research and office building at the one of the city's ...
02/25/2015Haiti Welcomes Completion of $45M Marriott Hotel Project

Feb. 25--Three years after encouraging one of the Caribbean's largest private employers to go into the hotel business to help bring much-needed jobs and tourism to a destitute Haiti, former U.S. President Bill Clinton on Tuesday welcomed Haiti's first Marriott, calling it one of the best hotels in the country. "I want to thank Marriott for more than the hotel, more than the jobs, more than the ...
02/25/2015Developers Force Central Fla. Condo Owners Out of Homes

Feb. 25--WINTER SPRINGS -- Shirley Lofgren, 85, is being forced to sell the sun-filled, waterfront condo she and her husband bought nine years ago for less than a third of the $217,000 they paid for it. The sale is allowed under a "condominium termination" law passed by the Legislature in 2007. "Nobody can believe this is legal -- that they can just take your home and they'll give you what ...
02/25/2015St. Lucie County Mulls Joining in Fight Against All Aboard Florida

Feb. 25--ST. LUCIE COUNTY -- Before setting aside money for a legal fight against All Aboard Florida, St. Lucie County commissioners say they need to see a plan for how the funds would be used. Residents have sent dozens of emails to commissioners, urging them to follow Indian River and Martin counties, which last week allocated money for a court challenge to All Aboard, a private, $2.25 ...
02/24/2015Execs Confirm Construction of King Kong Attraction at Universal Orlando

Feb. 24--One of Orlando's worst-kept secrets was confirmed Tuesday, when Comcast Corp. executives said what theme-park watchers have been speculating for months: A new King Kong attraction will open at Universal Orlando. The Kong attraction appears to be currently under construction at Universal's Islands of Adventure, from Toon Lagoon to the Jurassic Park River Adventure. Universal has not ...
02/24/2015Developers Break Ground on $20M Ice-Skating Complex in Pasco County, Fla.

Feb. 24--WESLEY CHAPEL -- With a flick of her silver medal-winning wrists, 2014 U.S. Olympic hockey player Anne Schleper sent a hockey puck flying inches off the ground Tuesday morning at the site of what will someday be the largest ice-sports facility in the Southeast. As the puck slammed into a net, a cheer rose from developers of the $20 million sports facility, as well as officials with ...
02/24/2015NRC to Probe Damage to Under-Construction Containment Vessel at S.C. Nuke Plant

Feb. 24--COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Nuclear regulators have opened a probe into damage done two weeks ago to the bottom head of the Unit 2 containment vessel under construction at the V.C. Summer nuclear plant in Jenkinsville, federal officials said Monday. Damage to the vessel appears to have been "inadvertent" said the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which sent three inspectors to the site 25 miles ...
02/23/2015St. Pete, Fla., Uses Online Survey to Let Residents Choose Pier Design

Feb. 23--ST. PETERSBURG -- The months-long process to choose a replacement for the city's signature downtown Pier has gone public. For the next two weeks, city residents may join in a survey to rank the seven remaining proposals to redesign the Pier and the iconic inverted pyramid that has anchored its far end since 1973. The survey rankings will be used the by the Pier Selection Committee, ...
02/23/2015NRC to Inspect Construction at VC Summer Nuclear Plant After Accident

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A special inspection is underway after damage to a nuclear reactor under construction in South Carolina, federal regulators said Monday. In a news release, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said its representatives are launching a special inspection this week at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station near Jenkinsville, about 25 miles northwest of Columbia. Earlier this ...
02/23/2015Orlando International Unveils Finance Plan for $1.3B Overhaul

Feb. 23--Orlando International Airport has the financing in place for the $1.3 billion expansion that is just getting underway. The work also sets the stage for the eventual construction of a second passenger terminal a mile south of the existing one. The construction, at its peak, should create as many as 300 temporary jobs. There is no projection for permanent employment at the facilities ...
02/22/2015Pasco County, Fla., Officials Want to Build New Criminal Courthouse

Feb. 22--LAND O' LAKES -- Pasco commissioners say they plan to move forward with the planned criminal courthouse in Land O' Lakes, but they still need to figure out a way to pay for it. "We promised the judges we would restart this," Chairman Ted Schrader said. "We can't just continue to ignore it." It's been almost two years since the county opened bids for design/construction teams to build ...

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