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12/17/2014Miami-Dade OKs $9M for SkyRise Miami Project

Dec. 17--Miami-Dade commissioners backed tapping new property taxes to borrow $9 million for SkyRise Miami, a funding plan opposed by the project's hometown mayor. With only three No votes, county support for the planned 1,000-foot observation tower passed by a comfortable margin Tuesday afternoon. The decision marked a comeback for SkyRise developer Jeff Berkowitz, since the spending proposal ...
12/17/2014Duke Energy Building Unneeded Power Plants, Group Claims

Dec. 17--Duke Energy and other utilities in the Southeast are building power plants that aren't needed, gouging consumers, a Durham advocacy group said Tuesday in a federal complaint. NC WARN asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to order an investigation of the billions of dollars the group says are being wasted. WARN contends that utilities could buy power from each other instead of ...
12/17/2014Three Contractors Get Prison Terms for Fraud on South Carolina AFB Project

Dec. 17--COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Three contractors who worked on construction jobs at Shaw Air Force Base starting in 2006 pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to defrauding the federal government. James Autry Clemens, 60, of Johnston, SC, Larry Baker, 64 of Cameron, SC and Steven Crandell, 59, of Salisburg, NC, were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 48 months to 5 months US Attorney Bill ...
12/16/2014Palm Beach County, Fla., May Do Land Swap for $135M Baseball Stadium Deal

Dec. 16--Palm Beach County commissioners Tuesday agreed to negotiate swapping land with West Palm Beach to try to build a new $135 million spring training baseball stadium. The Houston Astros and Washington Nationals have proposed moving to Palm Beach County for spring training if the county will build them a stadium and training facilities to share. The teams want the stadium built on 160 ...
12/16/2014Watchdog: 1-year Delay Possible at Vogtle Nuke Plant Project

ATLANTA (AP) — Finishing a nuclear power plant in Georgia may take almost a year longer than expected, a government monitor said Tuesday in testimony that raises the possibility of a delay costing hundreds of millions of dollars. An analyst for the Public Service Commission, Steven Roetger, said the timeline for finishing two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle (VOH'-gohl) is trending almost ...
12/15/2014St. Pete Receives 8 Designs to Redevelop the Pier

Dec. 15--ST. PETERSBURG -- From shimmering futuristic recreations of the iconic Bayfront pyramid, to a dramatic reconstruction featuring a tall lighted tower, eight design teams submitted plans on Monday in the competition to re-do city's landmark Pier. Six of the eight proposals, in the works since the city chose the groups in October, incorporate the original inverted pyramid that currently ...
12/13/2014Miami Marble Salesman Wants to Build $350M Ferris Wheel-Type Attraction

Dec. 13--Rigoberto Valdes is just a marble salesman from North Miami Beach -- trying to build something akin to the world's largest Ferris wheel in downtown Miami. Over the past three years, Valdes, his brother and his two sons have quietly developed a series of plans to design, build and finance a monumental theme-park attraction in South Florida. Valdes, 56, says they have shopped their idea ...
12/12/2014Demolition Starts on Site of New Orlando Police Dept. HQ

Dec. 12--Workers began tearing down old buildings along South Orange Blossom Trail on Friday to make way for the new Orlando Police Headquarters. Construction of the new $40 million building won't start until April, but a demolition crew must clear the site. Before the city bought it, the Parramore property was a Lynx bus depot, and an elementary school years before that. City officials expect ...
12/12/2014Proposed Arquitectonica Tower Would Be Among Tallest in Miami

Dec. 12--A developer has submitted plans to the city of Miami for a modern 77-story tower called World Trade Center Of The Americas at 340 Biscayne Blvd., according to a report in The Next Miami. At it's highest point, the tower would reach a height of 953-feet, making it one of the tallest in Miami. The project's architects, Arquitectonica, told the Miami Herald that the developer is in ...
12/11/2014Plant Vogtle Gets Permit to Draw Savannah River Water for New Cooling Towers

Dec. 11--A permit to siphon water from the Savannah River to operate cooling towers for two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle has been issued despite strong opposition from environmental and water protection groups. Southern Nuclear Operating Co. has permission to draw up to 74 million gallons of water daily from an intake site on the Savannah near Waynesboro, Ga. for units 3 and 4 now ...
12/11/2014UCF Downtown Campus Might Be Tough Sell in Florida Legislature

Dec. 11--TALLAHASSEE -- The University of Central Florida is planning to push for $57.8 million in state funding for its proposed downtown Orlando campus this spring. But even with the Florida Legislature's new leaders hailing from the region and backing the project, school boosters could be in for a tough fight to line up the money. For starters, there will be less cash from the traditional ...
12/10/2014S.C. Supreme Court Rules Against Kiawah Island Seawall Project

Dec. 10--COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The S.C. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday against granting approval for wealthy developers to build an extensive seawall at Kiawah Island after years of dispute. The justices agreed in a 3-2 decision that the wall should not be built at Captain Sam's Spit, a narrow stretch of beach with a history of erosion. The ruling severely damages chances that developers could ...
12/10/2014Subsidy Negotiations Under Way for Miami Worldcenter as Construction Begins

Dec. 10--Only days after announcing that construction would begin soon on the first phase of a sprawling commercial and residential complex just west of downtown, the developers of the Miami Worldcenter have quietly begun negotiating a public-subsidy package potentially worth tens of millions of dollars. Worldcenter representatives met Monday with the chairman and executive director of the ...
12/09/2014Owner: Rays 'Doomed to Leave' Without New Stadium

Dec. 09--ST. PETERSBURG -- With a proposed deal to let the Tampa Bay Rays explore new stadium sites awaiting City Council approval, Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg is warning that the team will leave the Tampa Bay area unless it gets a new place to play. Under the deal struck with St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, the Rays will pay compensation to the city if the team leaves Tropicana ...
12/09/2014Miami Seeks Input on Plans to Clean Toxic Park

Dec. 09--The details of an estimated $6 million cleanup and construction project at Miami's contaminated Douglas Park will be on display Tuesday during a 5 p.m. public meeting at City Hall. The 10-acre park at 2795 SW 37th Ave. has been closed for more than a year now following the discovery of solid waste, such as burnt tires, and toxic heavy metals beneath the park's surface. The toxins and ...
12/09/2014Advocate Sues Miami-Dade Over Voter-Approved FIU Expansion Onto Youth Fairgrounds

Dec. 09--A parks advocate has sued Miami-Dade over a referendum voters approved last month that would let Florida International University build on county fairgrounds -- an already contentious plan that could now get more complicated. Bruce Matheson, who has taken on county government in the past and won, filed a complaint last week asking a judge to invalidate the results of the FIU ...
12/08/2014Supreme Court Rejects BP Appeal of Gulf Oil Spill Settlement

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Supreme Court is leaving in place BP's multibillion-dollar settlement with lawyers for businesses and residents over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The justices did not comment Monday in rejecting the London-based oil giant's arguments that lower courts misinterpreted settlement terms and put BP on the hook to pay inflated and bogus claims by businesses. The ...
12/07/2014Florida Man Steals Front-End Loader, Leads Police on 90-Minute Chase

A Florida man was arrested Saturday after he stole a front-end loader and led authorities on a chase for up to an hour-and-a-half, police say. Donald John Clark, 32, is being held at the Pinellas County jail in St. Petersburg, Fla., on $32,000 bail for stealing a Volvo L110G -- a 20-ton, $250,000 front-end loader -- from a construction site before leading police on a chase that lasted over an ...
12/05/2014NCDOT Spending Plan Includes Funding for Durham-Chapel Hill Light Rail Project

Dec. 05--DURHAM -- Gov. Pat McCrory's administration signaled on Thursday that it intends to help fund the construction of a light-rail connection between Durham and Chapel Hill. Funding for the project appears in a draft of the state's next construction-subsidy plan the N.C. Department of Transportation rolled out in the morning. Covering a stretch of 10 fiscal years that begins next summer, ...
12/05/2014Miami-Dade Mulls Park, Development Options for Abandoned Rail Line

Dec. 05--To buy more time to decide what to do with a stretch of abandoned railroad tracks that residents want preserved as a 6.2-mile long park but a developer hopes to convert to a mixed-use corridor, Miami-Dade County commissioners agreed Thursday to take over creating a special zoning district. The decision came after dozens of neighbors argued that adding buildings to Ludlam Trail would ...
12/05/2014NC DOT to Rely on Toll Lanes for Three Charlotte Highway Projects

Dec. 05--The N.C. Department of Transportation reaffirmed its commitment to toll lanes Thursday, with a 10-year plan including them in the widening of three key Charlotte projects. The plan would include express toll lanes on the widening of I-485 from Rea Road to U.S. 74, Interstate 77 from uptown to the South Carolina line and U.S. 74 from uptown to Matthews. The lanes would require ...
12/04/2014House Authorizes $341M for MOX Construction

Dec. 04--The Savannah River Site's MOX program took a significant step toward gaining funding for construction with the U.S. House's passage of the Defense Authorization Act. The House passed the bill Thursday afternoon in 300-119 fashion. The bill authorizes $341 million for construction of the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility -- $4 million less than the House's initial request, but $196 ...
12/04/2014Tampa OKs Plans for Channel District Apartment Project

Dec. 04--Not every upscale apartment project going up in downtown Tampa is a tower. In fact, one of the splashiest will be an eight-story mid-rise in the heart of the Channel District. New architectural renderings filed Thursday by developers of what's tentatively called the "Channelside Residences" structure show an eight-story, sleek, modern building at the site of the now-empty Amazon Hose ...
12/04/2014Vinik to Announce His Downtown Tampa Development Plan Dec. 17

Dec. 04--TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik said Thursday he will unveil Dec. 17 a "vision plan" for his sweeping downtown holdings. The plan to remake 30 acres around the newly renamed Amalie Arena could amount to a billion dollars in investment and is expected to include new residential projects, new office buildings, probably a grocery store, a major parking garage, more ...
12/04/2014Gloria Estefan Hammers Marine Stadium Group After Failed Redevelopment Bid

Dec. 04--Just weeks after lending her celebrity and reputation to help promote a plan to restore the Miami Marine Stadium site, pop icon Gloria Estefan blasted the group behind the project Wednesday, saying she was kept in the dark about crucial and controversial details of what turned out to be a far larger proposal. The $121million restoration and redevelopment plan ultimately proposed by ...

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