The $205 million dredge project to deepen PortMiami has spread a blanket of silt and clay over the bay bottom that is smothering coral and damaging sea life, state environmental inspectors have found.
In a letter Monday, the state Department of Environmental Protection warned the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is managing the project, that work is violating state permits, churning up too much sediment and having a “profound effect” on the sea floor. The agency gave the Corps two weeks to respond.
The billion-dollar PortMiami Tunnel, which was supposed to open at the end of May, is now scheduled to open mid-to-late July.
The reason seems to be a safety precaution. Two of the tunnel's 44 installed fans, which control air ventilation, recently broke down after an unknown vibration, the Miami Herald reports. The Florida Department of Transportation says that until the cause of that vibration is known, Mat Concessionaire, which operates the tunnel, cannot open the tunnel.
The light at the end of the tunnel. After 55 months of construction the Miami Tunnel is due to open to traffic before the end of May. The tunnel is designed to move cargo trucks and cruise passenger traffic out of downtown Miami and under Government Cut between Watson Island and PortMiami.
I'd been asked a lot of things in advance of an interview with a source, but the text from Chris Hodgkins was my first wardrobe question: "What size shoes do you wear?"
Hodgkins is a vice president with MAT Concessionaire, the conglomerate formed to build, and eventually operate, the Miami Tunnel. More than four years after beginning construction, the $1 billion tunnel is scheduled to open to traffic by the end of May.
PolitiFact Florida has rated false an ad put out by a group opposing David Beckham's proposed soccer stadium in downtown Miami. The Miami Seaport Alliance claims the stadium would threaten PortMiami jobs.
The group, led by Royal Caribbean Cruises, put out television and radio ads claiming that building a soccer stadium near PortMiami would threaten 207,000 port jobs.
That number comes from a 2012 report, before the stadium was proposed.
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez is proposing a new location for David Beckham’s soccer stadium, and it was on the radar six months ago.
It’s a boat slip in downtown Miami on Biscayne Bay, between Museum Park and the AmericanAirlines Arena. Gimenez says the boat slip location would fill in the land and create a pedestrian walkway on Biscayne Bay.
The location had previously raised environmental issues between officials. But Gimenez said that because the boat slip is manmade, he had gotten the okay from environmental groups.
It’s official: David Beckham’s Major League Soccer group has announced it wants to build its stadium on the southwest corner of PortMiami. But there are concerns the road to complete the stadium in that location might be a bit congested.
With a view of the Miami skyline, the current conception of the stadium has about 24,000 seats. Which, for some downtown residents and port officials, equals cars -- a lot more cars.
But David Beckham’s real-estate advisor John Alschuler hoped to quell some of those concerns at a press conference Monday.
Sometimes it seems like construction projects around South Florida never end. One major project, however, is getting close. Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera visited PortMiami this week to tour the tunnel being built there. He says in about 80 days, your commute downtown could get a little shorter.
05/02/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with a look at the importance and future of South Florida ports and international airports. The Port of Miami’s dredging project will allow it to receive larger ships in conjunction with the Panama Canal’s expansion. And more. Linda Gassenheimer’s a