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Albert E. Dotson, Jr.

Posts by Albert E. Dotson, Jr.

Mounting Legal Challenges to Medical Marijuana Regulations

Last week the Department of Health received legal challenges from nurseries Costa Farms and Plants of Ruskin Inc., and the Florida Medical Cannabis Association, to its proposed rule for selecting the nurseries that will receive the licenses for growing and selling medical marijuana pursuant to the state’s newly enacted Charlotte’s Web law, called the Compassionate… Continue Reading

Growing Trend: Private Investment in Infrastructure and Transportation

As P3 Bulletin, the New York Times and Richard Cavallaro, the new CEO of  international construction company Skanska’s US operations, have recently stated, the increase in private investment and Public Private Partnerships (PPPs or P3s) bodes well for the plans to develop and implement much needed infrastructure and transportation upgrades around the United States. As… Continue Reading

Establishment of Chinese Consulate-General in Miami

On September 3rd, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners adopted the resolution directing the Mayor to develop a plan to establish a Chinese Consulate-General in Miami, by a 12-0 vote.  Currently, the Chinese Consulate-General in Houston covers Florida as part of its consular jurisdiction.  A Chinese Consulate-General located in Miami-Dade County would not only alleviate… Continue Reading

Free Trade Zones in Miami a Boon to International Companies

Free trade zones are federally designated areas that are officially considered outside of the commerce and customs territory of the United States. The appeal to international companies established in free trade zones include duty elimination, deferral and reduction of insurance costs, minimized regulatory compliance, and more efficient operations. With the anticipated influx of cargo ships… Continue Reading

Infrastructure Investment Through P3s

Last month, a roundtable policy discussion on ways the financial community can invest in infrastructure using public-private partnerships (also known as P3s or PPPs) took place in New York City. The panel, chaired by U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan, highlighted the current need across the U.S. to re-invest in infrastructure, including highways, water infrastructure, airports and… Continue Reading

City of Miami Adopts Public-Private Partnership Ordinance

The City of Miami has recently adopted a public-private partnership (“P3″) ordinance. The new City ordinance, combined with the recently passed Florida state P3 legislation, and Miami-Dade County P3 resolution, continue to endorse the usage of public-private partnership as a procurement method for public projects in South Florida. Such timely legislative activity facilitate the financing of… Continue Reading

P3s are a Viable Tool for Convention Center Development

South Florida has long been a leading destination for conventions and trade shows, and the convention market is extremely competitive.  As other cities have expanded and modernized their convention centers, ours have remained stagnant. It has been noted that the South Florida region no longer effectively competes for the events that bring the highest economic… Continue Reading

Miami-Dade Keeping up with National P3 Trends

As discussed in our last post about national and local developments in public-private partnership (P3) legislation, Florida is keeping up with the P3 trend and Miami-Dade County is not far behind. Miami-Dade’s Citizens Independent Transportation Trust (CITT) has expressed support for exploring P3s as an option for providing much needed transportation solutions to the County…. Continue Reading

P3 Legislation a Hot Topic at the Florida Logistics & Trade Conference

Public-private partnerships (P3s) received significant attention at the 2014 Florida Logistics and Trade Conference.  The overall consensus of the conference’s P3 Panel, which was moderated by Albert Dotson, is that the state of Florida has cultivated a positive climate for P3s to thrive. Florida is prime for new infrastructure development and has established itself as… Continue Reading

Miami Light Rail System May Become a Signature P3

Plans of New Passenger Rail Link from Miami-to-Miami Beach On several occasions we have written about transportation public-private partnerships in the Miami area. These have included posts on red-light cameras, passenger rail, UniversityCity at FIU, and other related topics. Several months ago, we discussed the possibility of new public private partnerships for public transportation systems, which have in recent years… Continue Reading

Enterprise Florida Opens Business Development Offices in China

Enterprise Florida recently opened business development offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai.  Enterprise Florida is a partnership between Florida’s businesses and government leaders that strives to increase job growth for Florida businesses and improve international trade.  The Hong Kong and Shanghai offices will focus on attracting foreign direct investment to Florida, strengthening trade relations and increasing Florida seaport… Continue Reading

Mayor Speaks of Miami’s Emergence in Technology Sector

Miami’s technology movement is not on the brink of happening…it is happening and it’s happening now.  With the Downtown Development Authority’s success in facilitating hedge fund Universa Investments’ relocation to Miami, and the eMerge Americas tech conference set to take place May 2nd through May 6th, Miami is getting the world’s attention for more than… Continue Reading

Miami-Dade Mayor Emphasizes the Importance of P3s

During his State of the County Address this week, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez emphasized the importance of following the national trend of increasing public-private partnerships (P3s) to “tackle the urgent challenge of renewing our infrastructure at a pace that matches the county’s growth.” The private sector has reciprocated with much eagerness to partner with Miami-Dade… Continue Reading

Healthcare Sector Heating Up Throughout South Florida

The University of Miami just announced plans to build a 200,000 square foot medical facility at its main campus in Coral Gables. Currently, many of UM’s medical facilities are concentrated in Miami’s Health District, where the Miller School of Medicine is located.  Once completed, physicians from the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and Bascom Palmer Eye… Continue Reading

$50 Billion in Federal Funds Proposed To Support P3s

The U.S. Senate is currently considering legislation that would establish the “American Infrastructure Fund,” a $50 billion fund that would help finance public-private partnerships (P3s) infrastructure projects prioritized by state and local governments.  The fund would also prioritize social infrastructure P3 projects, such as hospitals and schools, which have thus far lagged behind transportation infrastructure… Continue Reading

Happy Holidays to All Our Readers!

It’s hard to believe that 2013 is already drawing to a close – the year in New Miami flew by in a whirlwind of development as new plans were announced and projects took shape. From rail, seaport and airport expansion to the buzzing arts and cultural scene, New Miami continued to grow. We celebrate our… Continue Reading

More Transportation P3s on the Horizon in South Florida and Nationally

We have written frequently about the potential for new transportation-related public-private partnerships (P3s). Recent posts on the topic have discussed Amtrak, UniversityCity at FIU, and PortMiami, among other area transportation-related P3s. Increase in Transportation P3s in 2014 A recent report reflects that these examples are part of a much larger national trend. The Fitch Ratings… Continue Reading

Miami-Dade County Retail Industry Expands Amidst Increasing Demand

Along with the condo market and the hospitality industry, the retail sector in Miami-Dade County has bounced back from the downturn, and developers and retailers are scrambling to expand existing shopping centers and build new centers in emerging markets such as the Design District, north of downtown Miami.  As Terranova Corp., a Florida real estate… Continue Reading

Amtrak, Public-Private Partnerships, and the Future of Passenger Rail

A recent article published in the Miami Herald reflects growing support to form a public-private partnership (P3) to save the national passenger rail system.  To some, this statement may sound puzzling, as the national passenger rail system has been controlled by Amtrak, a public-private entity, since 1971.  Amtrak, however, is not a public-private partnership, and… Continue Reading

Opportunities for Public-Private Partnerships Continue to Expand

We have on several occasions discussed the major infrastructure projects currently under construction at PortMiami, and how the port is a prime location for public-private partnerships (P3s) in the coming years. Seaport To Play Key Role in Miami’s Economy Last week, RCA Miami hosted a conference that included a presentation by Kevin Lynskey from PortMiami… Continue Reading

Federal Funding For New Transportation P3

In prior posts, we have written about the federal government’s new focus on public-private partnerships in order to leverage its grant money with private investments, as well as the future of transportation-related PPPs in the Miami area.  Those trends continue, as evidenced by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s recent award of a $11.4-million transportation grant… Continue Reading

Thank you for tuning in to P3 Discussion on WLRN’s ‘Topical Currents’

Yesterday I had the pleasure of participating in a lively discussion on Public-Private Partnerships on WLRN’s radio show, Topical Currents, hosted by Joseph Cooper. Joining me as panelists were City of Miami District 2 Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, and Miami Science Museum President & CEO Gillian Thomas. For those of you who missed it, the recording… Continue Reading

‘Topical Currents’ WLRN Radio Show To Feature Public-Private Partnerships

On Tuesday, August 20, I will join my fellow community leaders, City of Miami District 2 Commissioner Marc Sarnoff and Miami Science Museum President & CEO Gillian Thomas as a guest on WLRN’s popular radio show, Topical Currents, for a discussion on public-private partnerships (P3s). The program will air live on WLRN 91.3 FM from… Continue Reading