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Stronger than Before: A Q&A with Al and Joy About the Future of the Development and Redevelopment of South Florida

Referring to the disruptions brought on by the COVID-19 crisis as the “new normal” has quickly become part of our everyday lexicon. Rising above a crisis, however, is more about adapting to change and innovating than it is about preserving the status quo. While we look at the pandemic as only the “current normal”, we … Continue Reading

Local Impact of a Federal Infrastructure Bill

Recently, in our P3 Focus Blog, we pointed out that now is the perfect time for a federal infrastructure bill. Such a bill would jump-start the economy, begin to close the infrastructure gap that currently exists, and do it all at a time where these projects could be expedited because of low usage rates due … Continue Reading

COVID-19: Procurement of Medical Facilities and Services

As news of the novel coronavirus spread, “flattening the curve” became the rallying cry for social distancing efforts. The ‘curve’ in question refers to the rate of infection which can be slowed by social distancing, ultimately aiming to avoid overwhelming the healthcare industry. Countries that were unprepared for the virus, like Italy, had an enormous … Continue Reading

Bid Protests: Moving Forward Despite COVID-19?

Government agencies have been attempting to move forward with normal operations despite the shift in focus caused by COVID-19. In addition to emergency contracting measures that governments are utilizing for COVID-19-related goods and services, local governments are attempting to continue procurement processes for contracts that were in the pipeline prior to the outbreak. Because all … Continue Reading

Emergency Public Contracting Procedures, Part 3: Other South Florida Jurisdictions

As discussed in our previous posts on emergency contracting procedures in Miami-Dade County and the State of Florida, the spread of COVID-19 has added many new goods and services to government procurement lists. Not only are supplies needed for testing sites, but also masks and other protective gear have become necessary for transit workers and … Continue Reading

State Agency Assists Associations Dealing With COVID-19

COVID-19 has posed new challenges for community living. Condominiums, HOAs, and Cooperatives are confronting how to prevent the spread of the virus within their communities. When faced with residents who had tested positive for this disease, two high-rise condominiums in Miami, the Marinablue and the Brickell Bay Club, shut down use of common facilities and … Continue Reading

CARES Act Provides Funds and Broadened Authority for Federal Government Contracts

We have been keeping you up to date on the effects of COVID-19 on local government contracting. Now, the federal government has taken a huge step forward. On March 27, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, providing billions in funds for private individuals, businesses, and government contracts. With respect to government contracts, … Continue Reading

Emergency Public Contracting Procedures, Part 2: State of Florida

As we explained in our previous installment of this series, the impact of Covid-19 continues to create an acute strain on all areas of society. The declaration of a state of emergency by the governor and all of the resulting governmental orders demonstrate that this is a time in which emergency contracting regulations can be … Continue Reading

Emergency Public Contracting Procedures, Part 1: Miami-Dade County

The coronavirus pandemic is taxing government services and infrastructure in numerous ways, and many of the resulting shortages are well-publicized in the media.  Some of those needs are intuitive—increased hospital capacity, medical supplies, and hand sanitizer, for example.  Others are more hidden, but just as critical—such as the need for additional, specialized janitorial services to … Continue Reading
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