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03/06/2015Maglev-Train Plan for Orlando Airport, Convention Center Back on Track

March 06--A magnetically levitated train that would link Orlando International Airport and the Orange County Convention Center seems to be making slow progress. Mayor Teresa Jacobs and other high-level county officials have been meeting with representatives of American Maglev Technology in recent weeks to discuss the proposed high-tech rail system, which would also include a stop at Florida ...
03/06/2015State Agencies Finally Submit Their Comments on All Aboard Florida Project

March 06--The railroad administration, after first rejecting a deadline extension, now will accept the nearly 100 pages of late comments from seven state and regional agencies, Assistant Administrator Kevin Thompson said Thursday. They will be added to some 12,000 other comments -- from governments, opposition groups and individuals -- which will be considered in preparation of All Aboard ...
03/05/2015Nation's Largest Mall Proposed for Miami

March 05--The company that owns and runs the largest mall in America wants to build an even bigger one in northwestern Miami-Dade, a roughly 200-acre entertainment complex with submarines, a Legoland, sea lions and an artificial ski slope. Backed by the owner of Minnesota's Mall of America, American Dream Miami is proposed for land at the intersection of Florida's Turnpike and Interstate 75 ...
03/05/2015Seminole Tribe Gets Approval for 16-Story Casino Hotel in Tampa

March 05--Seminole Tribe leaders in Florida are pondering their options for a significant new hotel on the site of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, and Thursday the tribe won approval from airport authorities for a potential 16-story building if needed. Casino officials cautioned that they are very much in the early research phase of planning. "It's unclear in terms of if and when and ...
03/05/2015Miami Tri-Rail, Downtown Expo Center May Ask for $150M in Subsidies

March 05--To bring a major expo center and commuter trains downtown, Miami commissioners may be asked to commit more than $150 million in redevelopment agency and city money to the two projects, the Miami Herald has learned. But in order to spend city dollars on Tri-Rail's Coastal Link or the Miami Marriott Marquis World Convention Center, commissioners might have to override the mayor's veto. ...
03/04/2015$134.5M Contract Awarded to Begin Savannah Harbor Expansion

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The federal government Wednesday awarded a $134.5 million contract to begin deepening the river channel ships use to reach the busy Port of Savannah, meaning the long-sought harbor expansion can begin as soon as the contractor gets its dredging equipment in the water. The Army Corps of Engineers said it hired Illinois-based Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company to dredge the ...
03/04/2015North Miami Beach Condo Project Secures $87M Loan

March 04--A luxury condo and marina complex in North Miami Beach closed an $87 million construction loan Wednesday. The financing for the Marina Palms Yacht Club & Residences, which will fund construction of a second condo tower, comes from HSBC Bank USA and the Branch Banking and Trust Company. That brings the waterfront project's total financing to $185 million, according to a news release ...
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 ...
03/04/2015Tampa Bay Lightning Owner Plans $25M in Upgrades to Amalie Arena

March 04--The Tampa Bay Lightning announced a nearly complete reconstruction of the club level at the Amalie Arena today, including plans to add up to 160 loge seats at the north end, new concession stands, remodeled restrooms and a larger outdoor deck. The renovations will cost $25 million and take place over the next two years. Earlier on Wednesday, the Hillsborough County Commission ...
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 ...

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