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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 ...
02/22/2015Construction Starts at Columbia, S.C., Baseball Stadium

Feb. 22--COLUMBIA, S.C. -- America's pastime will be the centerpiece of the new Columbia Common development on the site of the former State Hospital campus on Bull Street. A new minor league baseball team for Columbia will be a lot like the ones in the past: A low or high Class A team playing other teams within a bus ride away, according to the new team's owner, Jason Freier of Atlanta-based ...
02/20/2015Ocala, Fla., Assisted-Living Facility to Start Construction Soon

Feb. 20--An official with an Atlanta company planning an assisted-living facility in Marion County said the company hopes to begin building within weeks. Ellin McCabe, a representative of Medical Development Corp., said Canterfield of Ocala is planned for Southwest State Road 200. "We are probably going to start construction sometime within the next 60 days, hopefully," she said on Friday. ...
02/20/2015Robins AFB Hospital Getting $29M Renovation

Feb. 20--ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE -- The oldest part of the medical clinic at Robins is about to undergo a major renovation. The $29 million project will update a 70,000-square-foot building that opened in 1967 as a hospital. Today, the medical services on base are all done on an outpatient basis. Much of the old hospital is used as administrative offices. Instead of cubicles, people work in what ...
02/20/2015Duke Energy, Feds Reach $102M Settlement Over Coal-Ash Spill

Feb. 20--Federal prosecutors Friday filed criminal charges against Duke Energy for illegal discharges from ash ponds across the state, including near Charlotte and Raleigh and in Rockingham County, where a massive spill a year ago triggered intense scrutiny of the company's environmental management. Duke said it has reached a settlement agreement with the federal government over nine ...
02/20/2015Developer Asks for Year Delay for Charlotte, N.C., Sports Complex Project

Feb. 20--The developer of a proposed amateur sports complex adjacent to Bojangles' Coliseum has asked for a year delay in the project, a move that may mean the city's partnership with Florida-based Goodsports Enterprises is over. The company's chief executive, Jerald Good, sent City Manager Ron Carlee a letter Thursday asking that the two sides "curtail ... any future talks or discussions" ...
02/20/2015Fla. Lawmakers Delay Consideration of Funding for Orlando Soccer Stadium

Feb. 20--A panel of lawmakers decided Thursday to put off final approval of the $2 million in state taxpayer funds sought by the Orlando City Lions for a new soccer stadium. Instead, the decision of how to dole out a pot of $7 million to Orlando City and three other venues in the state seeking stadium upgrades worth $9 million will revert back to the full Legislature. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer ...
02/19/2015Board of Governors OKs USF's Proposed Downtown Tampa Med School

Feb. 19--TAMPA -- The board that oversees the state university system endorsed moving the University of South Florida's medical school to downtown Tampa, finally, after administrators gave a detailed presentation on the proposal Thursday in Tallahassee. USF had hoped to win over the state system's Board of Governors last month when the statewide panel prepared its budget request for the ...
02/19/2015Orlando Science Center Aims For a Major Expansion

Feb. 19--Last July, Orlando Science Center Director JoAnn Newman asked the Orange County Commission for a $10 million-$12 million contribution toward a major overhaul. It did not go well. But the Commission's chilly reception didn't kill the plan for what Newman calls "this big, floor-to-floor renovation" of the four-story center at Loch Haven Park. With a new, phased approach and an emphasis ...
02/18/2015Charlotte, N.C., Housing Authority Plans $43M Redevelopment Project

Feb. 18--The Charlotte Housing Authority is planning to redevelop a half-dozen properties in the Cherry neighborhood, adding to the changes sweeping across one of Charlotte's oldest residential areas. The latest redevelopment will add to the area's affordable housing instead of displacing residents, CHA chief executive Fulton Meachem said. Plans call for 81 single-family houses and 200 ...
02/18/2015SunRail Driving Three Central Florida Apartment Projects

Feb. 18--One of the region's most beleaguered SunRail stops may get a boost if developers' win approval to build a five-story apartment project called Maitland Station. Longtime apartment developer Epoch Properties has proposed building a residential mid-rise with 293 units and a parking garage on the 5.3-acre Parker Lumber site, with direct access to the Sunrail station that fronts U.S. ...
02/18/2015Treasure Coast Counties Pledge $4.1M to Fight All Aboard Florida Project

Feb. 18--Two Treasure Coast counties unanimously pledged a total of $4.1 million Tuesday to fight All Aboard Florida's express passenger rail service, with one official going so far as to call the project's progression un-American. Commissioners from Indian River and Martin counties voted to allocate $2.7 million and $1.4 million, respectively, to oppose All Aboard Florida through various ...
02/18/2015Study: All Aboard Florida Service Won't Earn Enough to Cover Debt

Feb. 18--All Aboard Florida's high-speed passenger trains would fail to generate enough revenue to cover its debts, and would push much of its financial burden onto taxpayers, according to a study commissioned by Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida. The railroad is underestimating the need for ticket revenue, overestimating its potential ridership and ignoring the fact that "Miami and ...

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