Wendy François

Wendy François

Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP

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PortMiami espera continuar con el éxito de las P3

Una nueva colaboración público-privada (“P3” o “PPP”) llega a PortMiami. Royal Caribbean Cruises, LTD (“RCCL”) busca diseñar, construir, financiar, operar y mantener una nueva terminal para cruceros en el área noreste del...more

9/30/2015 - Cruise Ships Department of Transportation (DOT) Miami Ports Public Private Partnerships (P3s) Transportation Industry

PortMiami Hoping to Continue P3 Success

A new public private partnership (“P3? or “PPP”) is coming to PortMiami. Royal Caribbean Cruises, LTD (“RCCL”) seeks to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain a new cruise terminal in the northeast section of the Port....more

9/22/2015 - Construction Industry Critical Infrastructure Sectors Cruise Ships Economic Development Memorandum of Understanding Miami Ports Public Private Partnerships (P3s)

Miami’s Green Spaces Are Prime Assets for Public-Private Partnerships

On March 29, 2015, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, of which Bilzin Sumberg is a member, hosted an event that discussed infrastructure plans that would increase Miami’s...more

4/1/2015 - Infrastructure Miami Public Private Partnerships (P3s) Urban Planning & Development

Rising Traffic Concerns Could Provide Cash Flow Stability for Miami’s Transportation P3 Solution

With plans to reduce Biscayne Boulevard to fewer lanes to allow for the creation of a promenade and bicycle lanes in Downtown Miami, some are arguing that the need for public transportation options cannot be clearer....more

3/11/2015 - Infrastructure Miami Public Private Partnerships (P3s) Public Transportation

The Game Changers in Transforming Miami

On February 25, 2015, Suzanne Amaducci-Adams moderated the first event in the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s three-part series, Transforming Miami: The Game Changers Series. With intimate knowledge of Bilzin Sumberg’s...more

3/11/2015 - Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Infrastructure Miami Real Estate Development

Upcoming Deadline for 2-year Extensions of Development Orders and Building Permits

Bilzin Sumberg's Land Development & Government Relations Group wants to remind you that if you have a current permit or development order that is scheduled to expire between January 1, 2014 and January 1, 2016, you have until...more

11/17/2014 - Building Permits Construction Industry Construction Permits Real Estate Development

Florida’s Medical Marijuana Amendment Defeated, but Zoning Issues Loom for Charlotte’s Web Law

In our previous post about the legal challenges that have been raised in the wake of the State of Florida’s establishment of selection rules for the issuance of licenses for growing and selling medical marijuana pursuant to...more

11/6/2014 - Licensing Rules Medical Marijuana New Legislation

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...more

9/25/2014 - Healthcare Marijuana Medical Marijuana

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...more

9/19/2014 - High-Speed Rail Infrastructure Public Private Partnerships (P3s) Public Projects Surface Transportation

Use of Phased Permits on the Rise

As cranes tower over Miami in the post-recession development upswing, developers are once again using phased permits to expedite construction while awaiting approval for building permits. Section 105.13 of the Florida...more

8/14/2014 - Building Permits Construction Permits Urban Planning & Development

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....more

7/23/2014 - Infrastructure Public Private Partnerships (P3s)

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...more

6/25/2014 - Construction Workers Contractors Public Private Partnerships (P3s) Subcontractors

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...more

6/13/2014 - Infrastructure Public Private Partnerships (P3s) Public Transit

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...more

5/26/2014 - GROW AMERICA Act Infrastructure Obama Administration Public Private Partnerships (P3s) WRRDA

Editorial: Miami-Dade Rail Link Could Be Model For Future Projects

The use of public-private partnerships (P3s), especially in the transportation sector, is gaining steam in South Florida. Proposed projects have included Miami-Dade College Medical Campus expansion, red-light cameras,...more

5/20/2014 - Federal Funding Federal Transit Administration High-Speed Rail Infrastructure Public Private Partnerships (P3s) Public Projects Railways Real Estate Development State Funding

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,...more

4/16/2014 - Infrastructure Public Private Partnerships (P3s) Public Transit Roads

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...more

3/3/2014 - Florida Technology

P3 For Soccer Stadium Shouldn’t Be Ruled Out

The arrival of David Beckham in Miami has incited a new kind of soccer fever in the city known to frequent soccer games in crowds of over 70,000. Most newsworthy right now is the talk of building a soccer stadium in Miami....more

2/27/2014 - Public Private Partnerships (P3s)

$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...more

1/30/2014 - Federal Funding Infrastructure MAP-21 Public Private Partnerships (P3s)

Federal Criminal Investigation of JPMorgan

The civil division of the Justice Department has preliminarily concluded that JPMorgan broke federal laws in connection with its sale from 2005 to 2007 of subprime and Alt-A residential mortgage securities, and the bank is...more

8/14/2013 - Banks DOJ Investigations JPMorgan Chase Mortgages Subprime Mortgages

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