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09/23/2014FRA Recommends All Aboard Florida Straighten Out Track Curves Along Treasure Coast

Sept. 23--All Aboard Florida's Environmental Impact Statement recommends the company straighten curves at 12 Treasure Coast track locations for the proposed high speed passenger trains to operate at optimum speeds. The proposed high-speed passenger rail can travel at speeds of 76.96 mph in Martin County, increasing to 93.38 mph in St. Lucie County before topping out at 103.34 mph in Indian ...
09/22/2014Former South Florida Mayor Took Illegal Gig as Consultant for Construction Project

Sept. 22--Jurors will soon decide the fate of the former Homestead mayor accused of landing a secret and illegal gig as a consultant for a company needing government approval for a construction project. Lawyers on Monday morning presented their closing arguments in the case of Steven Bateman, who is facing two felony counts of illegal compensation for taking a job with Community Health of ...
09/22/2014Workers Who Built Original Plant Vogtle Reactors Return for Expansion Project

Sept. 22--It's deja vu for a seasoned group of workers at Plant Vogtle. Some veterans of the nuclear industry were at the site south of Augusta to see the complex network of rebar and concrete rising out of the ground in the 1970s and '80s. Now, they are witnesses as the next two reactors take shape at the commercial nuclear site near Waynesboro, Ga. Some things never change at Plant Vogtle, ...
09/20/2014Building Boom Powers South Florida Employment Gains

Sept. 20--The construction boom and a healthy hospital sector helped propel employment numbers higher in South Florida. In the South Florida metropolitan area, the construction and hospitals sectors showed impressive job gains in August of 7.1 percent and 4.5 percent, respectively, over a year ago, according to Department of Labor statistics released Friday. This helped lift the total number ...
09/19/2014Report: Noise, Vibration From All Aboard Florida Would Have 'Adverse Impacts'

Sept. 19--All Aboard Florida's Environmental Impact Statement confirms some residents' fears about increasing noise and vibration. According to the report, the passenger rail service's 32 daily trains would result in long-term "adverse impacts to residents and properties," primarily along the Treasure Coast. However, All Aboard Florida is committed to mitigating the negative effects of ...
09/19/2014Feds Deny Grant for Rail Crossing Improvements in Palm Beach, Broward

Sept. 19--Transportation planners in Palm Beach and Broward counties have lost their bid for a $20 million federal grant to help pay for safety improvements at railroad crossings, but the denial will not affect All Aboard Florida's plan to create a continuous quiet zone for its planned express passenger train service, local officials said Thursday. Transportation officials in the two counties ...
09/19/2014Feds Award $55.3M in Loan Guarantees for 22 Solar Projects in N.C.

Sept. 19--RALEIGH -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's list of North Carolina solar power projects to be backed by federal loan guarantees ranges from easy-to-miss small rooftop panels to huge industrial solar farms visible from a distance. A total of 22 solar projects in the state will be backed by $55.3 million in federal loan guarantees, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced ...
09/18/2014Charlotte Int'l Airport Moves Forward With Plans for New Concourse

Sept. 18--Charlotte Douglas International Airport is preparing for construction of its new concourse with an environmental review, according to request for qualifications released Thursday. The new concourse will be located just north of Concourse A, where rental cars are parked now. Those cars will be moving to the $120 million new hourly parking deck in front of the terminal, which is slated ...
09/18/2014Costs Increase by Nearly $1B for Salt Waste Facility at Savannah River Site

Sept. 18--The construction costs of a critical facility for liquid waste cleanup efforts at Savannah River Site has risen nearly $1 billion, according to an official at the South Carolina site. Latest projections from the U.S. Energy Department estimate the Salt Waste Processing Facility will cost $2.3 billion to build and start up -- an increase of $982.5 million from the project cost set in ...
09/18/2014Fort Lauderdale Airport's New $719M, 8,000-ft Runway Ready for Take Off

Sept. 18--After years of debate and millions of dollars of construction, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is opening its south runway Thursday, a move that Broward County officials expect will alleviate flight delays and bring more tourists to the area. The $719 million, 8,000-foot runway is the first phase of an expansion project aiming to ease crowds and update terminals for ...
09/17/2014Developer Plans $150M, 41-Story Condo-Hotel for Downtown St. Petersburg, Fla.

Sept. 17--ST. PETERSBURG -- A West Palm Beach developer has revealed plans for perhaps the most prime piece of undeveloped real estate in the city's downtown. The Kolter Group is planning a 13-story hotel and 41-story condo tower on the Tropicana block on Central Avenue, a $120 million construction project that will transform the eastern end of Central Avenue and suggests that the downtown ...
09/17/2014Developer Plans 23-Story Apartment Tower for Downtown Tampa

Sept. 17--TAMPA -- Downtown Tampa may soon have another major residential tower, as the owners of the long-dormant "Grant" block on North Franklin Street say they have a deal in the works to sell the whole city block to a buyer that plans a major redevelopment. "We've kept our eye on the Tampa market for a while, and we feel Tampa is coming out of the recession extremely well," said Conor ...
09/17/2014Jupiter, Fla., Fines Entertainment District's Developer $200K for Missing Opening Deadline

Sept. 17--A fine of at least $200,000 has been levied against the developer of Harbourside Place for not opening by the April 30 deadline. The council could have imposed a maximum fine of up to $450,000. "Going for that full amount would be going overboard. We want this project open," said Mayor Karen Golonka. The developer, Nick Mastroianni II, can either pay the town a lump sum of $200,000 ...
09/17/2014Electric Battery Maker Taking Over Old Philip Morris Plant in N.C.

Sept. 17--The former Philip Morris plant site in Concord will apparently become home to an electric battery manufacturing operation, according to help wanted ads placed online by the firm. A company called Victory Industrial Park LLC, initially identified only as a clean-energy firm, bought the 2,100-acre campus in April for $68.5 million. The company declined at the time to say exactly what ...
09/17/2014Pharmaceutical Firm Announces $100M Plant Expansion in Columbia, S.C.

Sept. 17--COLUMBIA -- Pharmaceutical products manufacturer The Ritedose Corp. announced Wednesday it plans to expand its Columbia facility and add 65 jobs over five years. The $100 million expansion could add more than 80,000 square feet of space to the company's existing 120,000-square-foot manufacturing and packaging facility, the company said in a press release. The expansion is contingent ...
09/17/2014Miami Beach Prepares Stormwater Infrastructure for Extreme High Tides

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Climate change is not only already visible in iconic South Beach, but so is climate change adaptation, in the form of new storm water pumps meant to keep rising sea levels from swamping low-lying streets, city officials said Wednesday. Extreme high tides in the fall and spring push seawater up through aging infrastructure, flooding some Miami Beach streets with more ...
09/16/2014West Palm Beach OKs All Aboard's Request to Close Rail Crossings

Sept. 16--West Palm Beach commissioners on Monday gave All Aboard Florida their blessing to close two downtown rail crossings so that the private venture can build a new station for its express passenger train service planned between Miami and Orlando. With little discussion, the commission unanimously approved All Aboard's request to close the Florida East Coast Railroad crossings at Evernia ...
09/15/2014UCF Plans to Build $75M Downtown Orlando Campus

Sept. 15--The University of Central Florida -- which already has a massive and growing campus in east Orange County -- is moving quickly on a plan to build a $75 million satellite campus in downtown Orlando. The downtown campus would be a joint endeavor between UCF and Valencia College and would be part of Creative Village, the fledgling development that's supposed to rise from the site of ...
09/15/2014Duke Energy To Spend $500M on Solar Power to Meet N.C. Renewable Targets

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy plans to invest $500 million in solar power to meet North Carolina's requirement that more of its electricity come from renewable energy, the country's largest electricity company said Monday. The Charlotte-based company said it will build three generating facilities of its own and buy power from five other facilities built by investors in order to meet its ...
09/14/2014VA Breaks Ground on Medical Simulation Training Center Near Orlando

Sept. 14--The Veterans Administration broke ground for a national medical simulation training center at Lake Nona's Medical City, as part of the campus of the new Veterans Medical Center under construction. The new 52,000-square-foot Veterans Health Administration Simulation Learning, Education and Research Network National Simulation Center -- SimLEARN for short -- will use simulation and ...
09/14/2014All Aboard to Ask West Palm Beach to Close Two Downtown Rail Crossings

Sept. 14--All Aboard Florida will ask West Palm Beach commissioners Monday for permission to close two downtown railroad crossings so it can build a train station for its express passenger service planned to run between Miami and Orlando on the Florida East Coast railway tracks. City officials, however, caution that the decision is largely ministerial. Ultimately it will be up to state's ...
09/12/2014Disney World Is Building 'Frozen' Attraction

Sept. 12--Disney's "Frozen" was a huge blockbuster so it makes sense that Disney will try to capitalize on the popularity of the animated film with a "Frozen" attraction at Walt Disney World. Disney announced Friday that construction has begun for a "Frozen" attraction at the Norway Pavilion in the Epcot section of Disney World. The new attraction will replace Maelstrom, a dark boat ride, that ...
09/12/2014NC Leaders Vow to End Abuse of 'Independent Contractor' Status for Workers

Sept. 12--State leaders promised change this week after years of regulatory malaise that has enabled a labor scheme that cheats vulnerable workers and robs the state and federal government of nearly one-half billion dollars each year from North Carolina alone. Gov. Pat McCrory said Thursday that he will endorse and help shepherd legislation to penalize companies that knowingly and improperly ...
09/11/2014Charlotte, N.C., Developer Seeks Rezoning for $60M Mixed-Use Project

Sept. 11--Charlotte developer Goode Properties is seeking to rezone 1.7 acres across the street from the Metropolitan development for a mixed-use project that would feature a hotel, residences, offices and retail space. The project, Baxter Place, would be built on roughly three-quarters of a one-block area east of South Kings Drive. Project plans also call for five townhomes and a six-level, ...
09/11/2014All Aboard Florida Chooses Siemens to Supply Trains

Sept. 11--All Aboard Florida's express rail service connecting Miami to Orlando will use locomotives and passenger coaches built by Siemens, a global company with strong ties to central Florida. The diesel-electric locomotives and stainless steel coaches will be built at Siemens solar-powered rail manufacturing hub in Sacramento, Calif., the companies announced Thursday. All Aboard Florida ...

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