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05/21/2015EDITORIAL - Mayor: Miami Beach Convention Center Project was Transparent

May 21--A recent Other Views article by Stuart Blumberg about our convention center modernization project included a number of inaccuracies that I want to clarify. The first deals with the transparency of our Convention Center project. Since I became Miami Beach mayor, the city has been transparent with all its deliberations. Each and every item outlined by Blumberg was presented, discussed ...
05/21/2015Vacant West Palm Beach Site Will Become Luxury Apartments

May 21--West Palm Beach has hit the big time, attracting the attention of the nation's largest apartment developer, which plans to build a luxury, 322-unit rental complex in the heart of downtown. Alliance Residential Company of Phoenix, Ariz., is seeking the city's OK for the project, tentatively known as Broadstone at Clematis. The property takes up a city block, a rare building opportunity. ...
05/21/2015Senator Cites 'Apex of Problems' With MOX in Pushing Alternative

May 21--A member of a U.S. Senate subcommittee said the Savannah River Site's MOX project is suffering from an "apex of problems" en route to suggesting the nation move forward with an alternative method for plutonium disposition. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, is a high-ranking member of the Senate's Energy and Water Subcommittee. During a hearing Tuesday, Feinstein expressed concerns that ...
05/20/2015Miami Beach Names Clark Construction CM for $500M Convention Center Project

May 20--The Miami Beach City Commission has awarded Clark Construction Group, the sole firm to bid for the $500 million renovation of the Miami Beach Convention Center, an $18 million contract to manage the final planning phase for the massive project. The commission voted to name Clark as the city's construction manager for the renovation project. That means Clark will get $18 million to work ...
05/20/2015DOE: Taller Turbines Would Bring Wind Energy to Florida

May 20--Long dismissed as a wasteland by wind-energy producers, it turns out Florida does have enough breeze to generate lots of electricity -- but it will take some reaching to get it, according to new federal findings. The U.S. Department of Energy released a report Tuesday that argues wind energy can spread from 39 states to the rest of the nation by installing taller generators. Those ...
05/19/2015Defective Chinese Drywall Found in Luxury Miami Condo

May 19--A luxury condo tower in Brickell has found defective Chinese drywall in 29 of its units -- and will have to pay $3.3 million to have it removed and replaced. Defective drywall is strongly associated with the release of foul-smelling sulfurous gases that damage building materials, appliances, pipes and other equipment, according to the federal government. In a letter to condo owners, ...
05/19/2015Nine Contractors Cited for Safety Violations at South Fla. Residential Project

May 19--Workers building million-dollar homes at a residential development in Doral were at risk of falling from heights of up to 35 feet and allowed to work without wearing head gear or eye protection, federal inspectors found last November. Now the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed fines totaling $152,200 for nine contractors found to have violated worker-safety ...
05/19/2015Developers Set to Build $750M, 1,800-Room Marriott Marquis, Expo Center in Miami

May 19--The countdown is on to the opening of South Florida's most massive hotel. Doors at the 1,800-room Marriott Marquis Miami Worldcenter Hotel & Expo Center aren't scheduled to open for more than three years, but developers say there's plenty of work to fill the time between now and fall of 2018. "This project is so big, it's got so many moving parts, there's so many players," said Joe ...
05/19/2015Duke Energy Plans $750M Nat. Gas Power Plant to Replace Asheville, N.C., Coal Plant

May 19--Duke Energy said Tuesday it will shut down its Asheville coal-fired power plant by 2020, replacing it with a larger, $750 million plant fueled by natural gas. Duke will also spend $320 million to build a transmission substation near Campobello, S.C., just across the state line, and connect it to the Asheville plant with a new, 40-mile transmission line. The route of the new line has ...
05/19/2015Developers Reveal Details About $750M Conference Center Project in Miami

May 19--More than two years after first announcing plans to build a giant hotel and conference center in downtown Miami, developers on Tuesday will reveal new details. The $750 million project -- officially called the Marriott Marquis Worldcenter Hotel & Expo Center -- is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018 with 1,800 rooms and more than 600,000 square feet of meeting, exhibition and event ...
05/18/2015Developers Set to Break Ground on $1.7B Worldcenter Project in Miami

May 18--The developers of the massive 27-block Miami Worldcenter say they're set to break ground on the first phase of the $1.7 billion project this summer after clearing another major hurdle. Miami Worldcenter Associates and partners announced Monday that they secured an administrative approval from the city's planning and zoning department, giving them the ability to seek building permits. ...
05/17/2015Tampa Bay-Area Universities Spur Construction Boom

May 17--TAMPA -- Mortarboards and graduation gowns have given way to hard hats and work boots as serious construction gets under way at the area's colleges and universities. At the two private schools in particular -- Eckerd College in St. Petersburg and the University of Tampa -- orange cones and fences are everywhere as facilities directors take advantage of the summer break. Things aren't ...
05/17/2015Outside the MOX: A Closer Look at Disposal Alternatives

May 17--A Carlsbad, New Mexico, plant where employees suffered radiation exposure made headlines again last week as a possible landing spot for down-blended plutonium from the Savannah River Site -- one of several alternatives to the current MOX program. But the plant, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, or WIPP, is still shut down from the February 2014 incident, leaving some officials ...
05/16/2015Wake Tech Bridges Collapsed Due to Design Flaw, State Finds

May 16--A design flaw may have led to the fatal collapse of a pedestrian bridge during construction at Wake Tech's Northern Campus in November, the state Department of Labor found. The collapse on Nov. 13 killed one worker and hurt four others. A second, similar bridge collapsed without injuries. The collapses were caused by "design flaws" associated with notches in the bridge's supporting ...
05/16/2015House Bill Includes Savannah River Site MOX Construction Funding

May 16--On Friday, the House passed a defense bill that would provide $345 million for construction of the Savannah River Site's MOX facility, despite threats from President Barack Obama to veto the bill. The passage of the $612 billion defense bill, formerly known as the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, came in a 269-151 vote. The bill garnered support from all but eight ...
05/16/2015Judge: Lawsuit Against SkyRise Miami Tower Can Proceed

May 16--A lawsuit seeking to block public funding for the SkyRise Miami observation tower cleared a legal hurdle Friday, with a judge ruling that plaintiffs Raquel Regalado and Norman Braman are free to pursue the litigation. Circuit Judge Samantha Ruiz-Cohen rejected motions by the city of Miami and Miami-Dade County to dismiss the case on the grounds that Regalado, a school board member, and ...
05/15/2015Orlando Breaks Ground on Commuter Bus Line

May 15--Local and federal officials hailed the latest expansion of Orlando's rapidly growing commuter-bus service Thursday, breaking ground on a new Lymmo line aimed at connecting the Parramore neighborhood to the heart of downtown. The Lime Line, expected to debut in late 2016, will add nine stops and 2.1 miles of service to the bus program. Among those stops, the line will link the Parramore ...
05/14/2015Miami Group Unveils Ambitious Plan for Low-Income Housing

May 14--Advocates for Miamians who live paycheck-to-paycheck are unveiling on Thursday an ambitious program to build as many as 1,000 new affordable housing units designed to prevent families from falling into homelessness. The program, which is being spearheaded by the Miami Coalition for the Homeless, aims to raise millions of dollars in private investment to encourage area developers to set ...
05/13/2015All Aboard Florida Says Project Will Happen Even If Bonds Don't

May 13--All Aboard Florida's express passenger rail project will move forward regardless of whether it receives $1.75 billion in tax exempt bonds, according to court documents filed this week. In a 50-page brief responding to a federal lawsuit trying to block the financing, All Aboard Florida said that denying the bonds will only push back its start date and increase the cost of building the ...
05/13/2015Regulators: More Delays Possible for Plant Vogtle Nuke Project

ATLANTA (AP) — Regulators say there's a "high probability" a nuclear plant under construction in Georgia will be delayed even longer than the three years already announced by its owners, according to an analysis obtained by The Associated Press. Southern Co. subsidiary Georgia Power and its co-owners are building two more nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle in eastern Georgia. A project using the ...
05/12/2015Construction of South Fla. Super-Yacht Marina to Finish by Year's End

May 12--Looking for a place to park your mega-yacht? Fear not: A new marina on Watson Island designed to hold 50 yachts up to 550 feet long will open in time for the first week of Art Basel in early December, developer Flagstone Property Group said Tuesday. The deep-water marina is part of a planned, mixed-use development called Island Gardens that has drawn criticism from locals concerned ...
05/12/2015West Palm Beach Rejects Medical Campus for Downtown Site

May 12--WEST PALM BEACH -- The medical campus proposed for downtown's prime Tent Site died Monday, after city commissioners chose after two years of development negotiations to solicit competitive proposals for the prominent city-owned property instead. City Commissioner Keith James led the charge against the proposal by developer Michael McCloskey, saying it might "cannibalize" existing ...
05/12/2015Orlando Utility Wants to Build Solar on Site of Former Coal-Fired Powerplant

May 12--Orlando's electric utility is launching efforts to build major solar plants east of the city on sites that are practical and symbolic: the burial grounds of coal-burning generators. Orlando Utilities Commission's board will be asked today to authorize utility managers to negotiate with bidders vying to install thousands of solar panels on nearly 30 acres at Stanton Energy Center, where ...
05/11/2015Miami Dade College Wins $33.5M Settlement Over Collapsed Parking Garage

May 11--Miami Dade College has reached a $33.5 million settlement with the contractor and subcontractors hired to build a parking garage at the Doral campus that collapsed during construction more than two years ago, killing four people and injuring seven others. The settlement, both parties say, will allow the college to move forward on a new 1,500-space garage, which will alleviate an ...
05/11/2015Contract Awarded for $17.8M Aquatic Center in Lake Wylie, S.C.

May 11--Clover School Board approved a $17.8 million bid to build an aquatic center in Lake Wylie during a special board meeting May 11. After an executive session, school board members awarded the contract to Beam Construction Co. of Cherryville, N.C. The center was part of a construction package approved by voters in a March 2014 bond referendum. The winning bid, which the board chose over ...

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