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PortMiami Cargo Rail Service Makes an Early Start

The reconnection of the freight-rail service to PortMiami is in effect.  In recent months, the Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) has begun train service carrying cargo containers directly onto PortMiami’s docks.  Soon, one to two trains are expected to serve the Port per day. As highlighted by Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez during his State of the… Continue Reading

Full Speed Ahead: State of the Ports Briefing 2014

Today, we attended the State of the Ports Luncheon, along with several of our Bilzin Sumberg colleagues and over 1,000 prominent business leaders in our community, including representatives from local government, major cruise lines and the United States Coast Guard. Those in attendance at the annual “State of the Ports” address enjoyed an exclusive screening… 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

New Miami in the News: Weekly Recap

This week in New Miami news, don’t miss the renderings of developer Jeff Berkowitz’s Skyrise Miami, a sleek 1000-foot observation tower that would become Miami’s tallest building. Channel deepening project begins at PortMiami Deepening the shipping channels will allow megaships to cross the expanded Panama Canal beginning mid-2015. Resident influx feeds rising condo towers With… 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

Miami Travel Market on the Rise

Warm weather and great events seemed to lure visitors this spring as Miami ranked #1 in March among the top 25 markets nationally for Average Daily Rate (ADR) at $238.12, Revenue Per Available Hotel Room (REV PAR) at $212.20 and Hotel Room Occupancy at a high 89.1%.  Even more telling, the ADR increased 14.4% and… Continue Reading

New Legislation Facilitates Public-Private Partnerships

Earlier this month, the Florida legislature passed House Bill 85, which establishes statewide authorization and procedures for public-private partnerships.  The law, which will be encoded as Section 287.05712, Florida Statutes, authorizes counties, municipalities, school boards, and other political subdivisions and entities to form public-private partnerships with the private sector to develop, operate, or maintain any facility… Continue Reading

New Federal and State Programs Will Boost Public-Private Partnership Development

President Obama Emphasizes the Value of Public-Private Partnerships Last Friday, President Obama visited Miami and, speaking at the Port of Miami, detailed his proposals for increased public-infrastructure spending through public-private partnerships.  Although the President envisions traditional financing approaches for certain projects, he continues to emphasize the importance of P3s to rebuild our aging infrastructure and… Continue Reading

Public-Private Partnerships, Seaports, and The New Normal

A recent article in the PPP Bulletin, “Change we can believe in?”, explains that “PPPs are the new normal” for infrastructure projects in the United States, and public-private partnerships are being relied upon for responses to Hurricane Sandy, transportation projects, water recycling facilities, airports, and everything in between.  For the same reasons that P3s are… Continue Reading

Port Miami’s Development Improve Sea, Road, and Rail Access

We recently mentioned the Port of Miami’s ambitious development plans in the context of the several major public projects taking place in South Florida.  Among these projects, it is clear that the activity at the Port is of the greatest interest to the Miami development community and, indeed, often appears to be the topic of… Continue Reading

P3s Everywhere You Look

There are currently a lot of construction hats at Miami-area transportation facilities. The Miami International Airport has recently opened its newly constructed North Terminal and new MIA Mover people mover system, and construction is underway of the Miami Intermodal Center, a massive ground transportation hub connecting the airport to Metrorail, Metrobus, rental cars, etc. Not… Continue Reading