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04/17/2014S.C. Supreme Court Hears Challenge to Nuclear Plant's Higher Costs

April 17--COLUMBIA, S.C. -- After hearing arguments Wednesday, the S.C. Supreme Court now will decide whether SCE&G is responsible for a $278 million cost increase at the V.C. Summer nuclear plant or if the utility can pass part of that tab along to ratepayers. In November 2012, the Public Service Commission approved the increase for the Fairfield County nuclear installation. But some ...
04/17/2014U.S. Housing Effort in Haiti Criticized -- Again

April 17--The U.S. Agency for International Development says it will continue to work with Haitians displaced by the country's devastating Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake to get them into permanent homes -- just not by building the houses itself. The announcement comes as yet another audit -- this one by USAID's inspector general -- highlights the shortfalls of the agency's ambitious housing program ...
04/16/2014Towering I-Drive Observation Wheel Scheduled for 2015 Opening

April 16--The Orlando Eye, the 400 foot-tall observation wheel being built on International Drive, should be ready for opening by the spring of 2015. That's a few months later than developer Chuck Whittall had hoped -- he was shooting for December 31 -- but Whittall is taking the delay in stride. "Something like this is all custom made," said Whittall, of Unicorp National Developments, Inc. ...
04/16/2014Federal Judge OKs Agreement for $1.6B in Miami-Dade Sewer Repairs

April 16--Years in the making, a legal agreement is finally in place requiring Miami-Dade County to make $1.6 billion in repairs over the next 15 years to its decaying sewer system. A Miami federal judge has signed the consent decree between the county, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, which was in the works for more than two ...
04/15/2014Barton Malow Named Builder of Orlando's $85M Soccer Stadium

April 15--Orlando's Major League Soccer team-in-waiting announced Tuesday the selection of Barton Malow as the general contractor who will build the city's new professional soccer stadium. Barton Malow, which is headquartered in suburban Detroit and has an office in Orlando, has redeveloped sports venues including Daytona International Speedway, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the University of ...
04/15/2014Royal Caribbean Fighting PortMiami Soccer Stadium Proposal

April 15--Royal Caribbean Cruises and its allies have formed an organization to oppose a Major League Soccer stadium at PortMiami, marking the first coordinated resistance to David Beckham's waterfront dream. The Miami Seaport Alliance took out a full-page advertisement in Monday's Miami Herald, titled "Here We Go Again," to launch its campaign against the 25,000-seat, open-air stadium that ...
04/14/2014South Fla. Developer Turnberry Makes Aggressive Plans

April 14--Stroll past the colorful window displays at Aventura Mall, or bask in the marbled surroundings of the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Beyond the marquee venues' beautiful vistas, a family's life's work is on display as a second generation of Soffers builds on the multibillion-dollar legacy of their father. Siblings Jeffrey and Jackie Soffer are expanding Turnberry Associates, adding on to ...
04/12/2014$26M Hilton Hotel to Be Built in Haiti

April 12--Another U.S. brand hotel is headed to Haiti. Hilton Worldwide will bring a 152-room, mid-priced hotel to Haiti's capital, the chain and a local Haitian investment group announced this week. The new Hilton Garden Inn would be the third U.S. brand -- after the 106-room Best Western Premier, and still under construction 175-room Marriott --and the fifth internationally branded hotel. ...
04/11/2014Downtown Development Authority Backs PortMiami Soccer Stadium

April 11--Miami's Downtown Development Authority formally threw its support Friday behind David Beckham's proposal to build a Major League Soccer stadium on PortMiami's Dodge Island. For pedestrians to get to the site, the DDA voted unanimously that Beckham's group should privately finance -- in its entirety -- the redevelopment of an unused drawbridge to turn it into a linear park. Then, the ...
04/11/2014Developer Buying Former Philip Morris Plant in Concord, N.C.

April 11--The former Philip Morris plant in Concord had been sold to a developer, a city spokesman said on Friday. Richmond, Va.-based Altria Inc., Philip Morris' parent company, told the city that the property was sold to a company called Victory Industrial Park LLC, city spokesman Peter Franzese said. The city doesn't have information yet on what the company plans for the location, he said. ...
04/11/2014Everglades Restoration Project Clears Hurdle

April 11--Water managers took a crucial step Thursday in redefining the methods and mechanics of Everglades restoration by committing financial support to a suite of projects that target the massive ecosystem's ailing core. The $1.9 million Central Everglades Planning Project, known as CEPP, is far smaller than the grand vision Congress adopted 14 years ago at five times the cost. Instead, it ...
04/10/2014Engineer Sues Contractors Over Beam Collapse at Perez Art Museum Miami

April 10--The new Perez Art Museum Miami is fighting a lawsuit that alleges two of its contractors failed to keep several five- to 10-ton concrete beams from collapsing during construction. The lawsuit, which engineering firm Arup USA filed this week in Florida's 11th Judicial Circuit Court, seeks nearly $7 million that Arup claims it is owed from PAMM and Florida-based contractors John ...
04/09/2014Columbia, S.C., Votes to Build Minor-League Baseball Stadium

April 09--COLUMBIA, S.C. -- By the slimmest of margins, Columbia City Council decided Tuesday night to authorize a management contract for a city-owned baseball stadium in the yet-to-be-built Bull Street neighborhood downtown. The 4-3 vote to hire Hardball Capital of Atlanta to bring a minor-league team to Columbia and to operate the stadium is the first step toward spending $29 million in ...
04/09/2014Plant Vogtle Expansion Could Signal Future of Nuclear Industry

April 09--Eyes across the nation are watching the construction of two nuclear reactors rising out of the red-clay ground about 30 miles south of Augusta. The Alvin W. Vogtle nuclear power plant near Waynesboro, Ga., is using a new design and new construction method to build the first reactors licensed in the U.S. in more than three decades. As the first generation of nuclear reactors moves ...
04/08/2014AGC: Construction Industry Firms Worried About Worker Shortage

DENVER (AP) — The construction industry says it's in danger of running short on workers to keep up with the demand for building projects, as employees age and more teens are pushed to go to college. To counter the effect, a top construction trade group kicked off an effort Tuesday to help bolster the employment ranks. The plan by the Associated General Contractors of America, which represents ...
04/08/2014Gov. Scott Awards Clean Water Act Funds for South Fla. Projects

April 08--Gov. Rick Scott has awarded $29 million in federal loans to 10 South Florida water projects ranging from an overworked treatment plant in Miami-Dade County's crumbling sewer system to a much-needed system in the lower Florida Keys. The money comes from a program established under the landmark Clean Water Act of 1987, and is intended to help states meet the law's requirements. Over ...
04/08/2014PortMiami Wants to Borrow $385M, Adding to Soccer's Complications

April 08--Some of the hurdles facing soccer at PortMiami should be on display Tuesday when Miami-Dade County commissioners consider borrowing hundreds of millions of dollars for the seaport and clearing out an environmental facility sitting on land that David Beckham wants for a new stadium and entertainment complex. Port officials see the land as the next big commercial district in Miami, and ...
04/07/2014Columbia, S.C., Faces Final Decision on Minor-League Baseball Stadium Contract

April 07--COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Whether the cry of "play ball" will waft across a fancy, new, taxpayer-owned stadium in downtown Columbia comes to a final vote Tuesday. City Council will consider an updated version of a contract to build a $35 million, year-round, minor league stadium and entertainment venue. The contract does two new key things since a deeply divided council gave it an initial ...
04/05/2014Records Show Emails Between Orlando Toll-Road Board Member, Developer

April 05--A board member of Orlando's expressway authority offered to introduce possible investors to the managing partner of a billion-dollar development pegged to a toll road the agency is building, records reviewed by the Orlando Sentinel reveal. The documents indicate Scott Batterson of the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority helped connect three companies with Maitland attorney Jim ...
04/05/2014Zom Unveils Plans for Luxury Rental Tower in Miami's Brickell Corridor

April 05--The foreign investors who have poured a fortune into Miami's downtown luxury condominium market for rental investments are about to get some professional competition. Zom, an Orlando-based apartment developer, plans to build a 46-story tower on land it purchased last week at 80 SW Eighth Street. Rents will run from just under $2,000 to more than $4,000 a month, and the units will be ...
04/02/2014Duke Energy Will Cooperate With State Probes, CEO Says

April 02--Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good defended her company's response to the February coal ash spill into the Dan River, saying Duke will "continue to cooperate" with inquiries into the event. Good did not stray far Wednesday from Duke's previous public statements. She sidestepped questions that probed the differences between those statements and Duke's legal positions. Duke calls the Feb. 2 Dan ...
04/02/2014Southeast Biomass Plants Take Hit for Pollution

April 02--Pitched as clean sources of renewable energy, biomass plants like those in South Carolina are more dangerous to the environment than many people realize, according to researchers with the Partnership for Public Integrity. Unlike wind and solar farms, biomass plants release toxic air pollutants, smog-forming contaminants and greenhouse gases, the group said in a report being released ...
04/01/2014Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas Plan Pipeline Into North Carolina

April 01--Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas are seeking proposals to build and operate a second major natural gas pipeline into North Carolina. Duke has increasingly relied on gas as prices fell and coal-fired power plants shut down in the face of looming environmental standards. Piedmont's customer growth last year was the highest since 2008 and continues to climb. North Carolina is now ...
04/01/2014Orlando Approves Construction Deal for $84M Soccer Stadium

April 01--Orlando leaders approved an agreement Monday that provides the closest look yet of the features that fans can expect to see in the city's new Major League Soccer stadium. The construction agreement approved unanimously by the City Council spells out the process for building the $84 million stadium. While the city will own it, the Orlando City Lions will act as the developer of the ...
03/31/2014Duke Energy Sues Westinghouse for $54M Over Canceled Levy County Nuke Plant Costs

March 31--Duke Energy says Westinghouse Electric owes it $54 million after Duke canceled a contract for the Levy County nuclear plant in Florida. Westinghouse was to provide two AP1000 nuclear plants for the plant, which Duke put on indefinite hold last year. Duke says it paid Westinghouse for work that was never performed before the project was suspended. The federal lawsuit Duke Energy ...

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