News / Ebola threat sees new restrictions on box shipping as ports ramp up their security

first_img The spread of deadly Ebola disease in West Africa is seriously disrupting logistics, commodity markets and shipping in the region, and now threatens to stall growth just as container lines are set to deploy bigger ships on connecting tradelanes.For example, Asia-West Africa container carriers are keen to take advantage of the robustness of a market that has spot rates sitting comfortably above $1,800 per teu, despite a substantial capacity increase in the past year.According to tradelane analysis by Drewry, Asia-West Africa traffic volumes increased by 10% year-on-year in August to 132,000teu. However, it warned: “Restrictions on onward port calls and lengthy delays in Ebola-hit Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Senegal and Nigeria are set to take their toll on this trade.”Drewry notes that capacity on the route is up by 24% from the beginning of the year, and is likely to increase further as carriers cascade larger panamax ships onto the trade, thus closing in on the current 5,500teu ship limit at restricted port infrastructure in the region.Measures implemented by West African nations and carriers to help contain the spread of the disease have already caused container lines to alter rotations, and some, such as German carrier Hapag-Lloyd, have imposed surcharges to compensate for lengthy delays and disruptions as a consequence of the heightened checks.Ebola has claimed the lives of an estimated 4,000 people in affected countries, and the World Health Organisation predicts that the number of new cases of the disease, for which there is currently no antidote, could increase to 10,000 a week by December – doubling in number every four weeks.And the ramping up of port entry procedures in the US, Brazil and Argentina this week for all vessels from West Africa serves as a reminder that in the modern world fear spreads faster than disease.Masters of West Africa-originating ships are receiving notices from coastguards saying that any sick crew members showing Ebola-like symptoms are “deemed to potentially affect the safety of the vessel”.And anxiety about the rapid spread of Ebola has added to fears of a new global slowdown and dragged stock markets around the world down this week. Additionally, the Eurozone’s fragile economy is back in the headlines, and in contrast to the last recession, the dependable engine room of the German economy appears to be in trouble.A sharp decline in business confidence and slowing industrial output, blamed on geopolitical tensions such as sanctions on Russia, has hobbled Europe’s biggest economy and does not bode well for trade in coming months. By Mike Wackett 17/10/2014last_img read more

APM Terminals opens state-of-the-art South India cool chain facility

first_imgBy Gavin van Marle 18/04/2018 As part of its ongoing investment in hinterland supply chain operations, APM Terminals today opened a new cold chain facility in South India.The 10,000sq-metre facility in Ponnari, near Chennai, is the latest in the company’s strategy to position itself as a port solutions integrator, “offering customs clearance facilitation and proximity to the ports of Chennai, Ennore, Kattupalli and Krishnapattnam with round-the-clock accessibility”.Cargo handled includes fish, fruits, medicines and specialty chemicals requiring strict temperature control, and the facilities will provide refrigerated container plug-in facilities for cold warehousing with services ranging from customs examination and clearance under controlled temperature, as well as value-added services like palletisation and packaging, on-wheel customs seal verification and bonded cargo movement to ports and airports.The services are available for both domestic and international import/export customers.The inland services strategy has hinged on redefining what it considers to be its customer base from the main shipping lines to thousands of shippers, forwarders and hauliers that use its global network of terminals“We are committed to providing integrated specialty warehousing services globally. APM Terminals is constantly looking for ways that we can best address the supply chain needs of our customers,” said Dries van Dongen, APM Terminals’ global head of inland services.“India has seen an increasing demand for temperature- and humidity-controlled products, especially frozen foods and pharmaceutical products for both domestic consumption and international export.“In line with this trend, and backed by our strong experience in handling temperature-controlled cargo, we’ve invested in not only offering global standards of cold chain solutions, but also offering export-import cold chain solutions within our container freight station, for the first time in South India.”last_img read more

Vouchers and incentives can increase kidney donations and save lives

first_img I wish such a program had been in place when I needed a kidney back in 2006. I discovered my kidneys were failing after a routine blood test came back with off-the-chart results. I actually felt fine at the time because, unbeknownst to me, my kidney function had been insidiously deteriorating over a long period of time. As a physician, I knew I had to find a donor — or spend years tethered to life-sapping dialysis.advertisement Related: Matching hearts — and kidneys and lungs. This website makes organ transplants in the US possible @slsatel The chronic organ shortage in this country is a well-known scourge, so any good idea for recruiting more organ donors is always welcome. Bravo, then, to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and its voucher plan for kidney donors. It basically lets an individual donate a kidney to a stranger now and get a certificate for a future kidney transplant for a loved one.This idea was the brainchild of retired judge Howard Broadman, who feared he would be too old to donate a kidney when his grandson, Quinn, needed one in a few years. The concept has since been adopted at other medical centers and has been formalized under the umbrella of the private National Kidney Registry’s advanced donation program.The registry tries to leverage the impact of these donations by placing the donor within a chain of transplants. So-called never-ending altruistic donor chains are created using a complex algorithm involving detailed biological data. Donors like Judge Broadman can kick off such a chain by donating to a stranger waiting for a transplant. That stranger, who already has a willing but incompatible donor in the wings, asks that donor to give to another person waiting for a transplant, and so on. Each living donor in this system gives to a stranger, and the chain of donors is kept going as long as possible.advertisement By Sally Satel Sept. 13, 2016 Reprints Here’s an even bolder idea for increasing the supply of kidneys: give prospective donors an incentive to serve as the kick-off donor in a chain. This approach would create never-ending compensated donor chains. Benefits to such donors could be tax credits, contributions to retirement plans, a contribution to a charity designated by the donor, and other options. To avoid situations with outsize appeal to poor individuals who might impulsively rush to donate and later regret it, no one would receive an outright lump sum of cash.A bill currently in Congress — the Organ Donor Clarification Act introduced in May by Representative Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.) — would let researchers study the potential effects of various incentives. The bill aims to clarify that pilot studies would not violate Section 301 of the 1984 National Organ Transplant Act, which bans the commercialization and private sale of organs.Incentives have enormous potential. The White House recently offered social media and cutting-edge medical technology as ideas for reducing the wait list. Technology could some day make organ donation obsolete, but until we can make kidneys or kidney stand-ins in a lab, such as with 3-D printed kidneys, implantable microdialysis machines, genetically modified transplantable pig kidneys, and the like, we must rely on organs from humans. Kidneys from deceased donors certainly help. But those from living donors are in far greater supply and generally function longer in recipients.It’s imperative that we take advantage of every new idea. Vouchers don’t require an act of Congress and are an obvious next step for increasing the supply of much-needed kidneys.Sally Satel, MD, is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. She is editor of “When Altruism Isn’t Enough: The Case for Compensating Kidney Donors” (AEI Press, 2009). First OpinionVouchers and incentives can increase kidney donations and save lives Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images Related: In groundbreaking trials, surgeons to use infected kidneys for transplants Another way to generate more kidney donors, I believe, would be to offer a different kind of voucher. It would be for prospective donors who ultimately decline to give a kidney to a friend or even a distant relative because they want to be able to assist a closer member of their family or inner circle should the need arise. I call this the peace-of-mind voucher. It is already legal under the federal Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network for a living donor to get priority for a kidney under the rare but not unheard of chance that he or she develops kidney failure down the line. Why not expand this option to all living donors? About the Author Reprints But finding a living donor was a hellish experience. A number of people told me they wanted to help but were reluctant to do so because they worried their child might need a kidney in the future. Although this concern is understandable, it is surely overblown. Unless an individual has diabetes, chronic hypertension, collagen vascular disease (such as lupus), or polycystic kidney disease, the odds of an otherwise healthy person developing renal failure over a lifetime are slim. Even so, it’s easy to understand a parent’s reluctance. After 18 months — thankfully, I was able to stave off dialysis until the very last minute — I was rescued by a fond acquaintance turned dear, dear friend who heard through the grapevine that I needed a kidney.If the federal organ transplant network, which operates under the Department of Health and Human Services, were to provide peace-of-mind vouchers for living donors, specified family or friends of those donors could redeem them at any transplant center. (Selling the voucher would, of course, be against the law). Unlike the UCLA program, where the certificate is earmarked by the donor for a specific person at high risk for a transplant in the future, peace-of-mind vouchers aren’t likely to ever be redeemed because healthy people don’t usually develop kidney failure.No voucher program will erase the organ backlog — there are now more than 100,000 people waiting for kidneys. Last year, less than one-fifth of those on the waiting list received a transplant — the average wait is almost four years, with some people waiting much longer. Every day, 12 people on the national waiting list die; they simply couldn’t survive the wait. But “paying an organ forward” in the service of a loved one known to need a kidney in the future is an excellent option for interested prospective donors and will surely save a number of lives. It is hard to know how many prospective donors would take advantage of peace-of-mind vouchers, but it seems worth implementing them on a pilot basis. Sally Satel [email protected] Tags incentiveskidney diseaseorgan donationlast_img read more

GrowthWorks fund suspends redemptions

first_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Toronto-based GrowthWorks Commercialization Fund Ltd. Thursday announced its decision to suspend Class A share redemptions and to close the fund’s 14 Series Share offering. The labour-sponsored investment fund is facing a $1.32 million liability for taxes and penalties that may be imposed as a result of an audit by the Ontario Ministry of Finance. GrowthWorks dispute remains unresolved Covington Fund II to re-open early next year IE Staff Related newscenter_img On Nov. 29, 2013, the fund announced that it had recorded the liability for the fund’s 05 Series of Class A Shares based on further developments related to preliminary audit findings by Ontario Finance of the fund’s compliance with certain investment requirements under the Community Small Business Investment Funds Act (Ontario) for the years 2005 through 2008. The fund said Thursday that it has now received the final audit findings for these years and that Ontario Finance has not revised its preliminary findings. Toronto-based GrowthWorks Capital Ltd., the manager of the fund, says it disagrees with the audit findings and intends to initiate objection proceedings with Ontario Finance. GrowthWorks says the $1.32 million liability was allocated to the 05 Series of Class A Shares because the 05 Series represents a consolidation of the Series that were issued and participating in the fund’s venture portfolio during the period under review. The liability does not affect the net asset value per share of other Series, namely the 10 Series, 11 Series, 12 Series, 13 Series, or 14 Series. Next: Suspension of Class A Share redemptions @[email protected] Suspension of Class A Share redemptions GrowthWorks notes the obligation to pay the assessed taxes and penalties arises immediately. Under applicable laws, the fund can process Class A Share redemption requests only if after doing so it would remain in a position to pay its liabilities as they become due. The fund’s board of directors says it cannot conclude that the fund would meet this statutory test if it were to process redemption requests. Accordingly, the fund will not process redemption requests until the board determines that the fund would meet this test. GrowthWorks says “there can be no assurance as to when, or if, the fund will have sufficient cash available to process Class A Share redemptions.” The fund will continue to allow shareholders to request redemptions of their Class A Shares. However, GrowthWorks says the fund cannot process redemption requests at this time, and requests cannot be submitted electronically through FundServ. Redemption requests must be submitted manually using a Redemption Request Form, which will be available on January 16 at The fund’s assets consist primarily of venture investments in small to medium sized private Canadian corporations that are early stage research-orientated companies. GrowthWorks says the fund’s board of directors continues to review options aimed at realizing the value potential believed to exist in the fund’s investment portfolio and at providing liquidity for shareholders of the fund. 14 Series off sale GrowthWorks says the fund’s Class A share offering for the 14 Series has been closed to new purchases. As a result, the fund is offering no shares to the public at this time and does not expect to make such an offering in the immediate future. Keywords Labour sponsored investment funds New name and manager for labour-sponsored fund Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

CU Police Plan Strict Enforcement Of Behavior Rules At CU-CSU Game; Violators Face Ejection, Summonses

first_imgCU Police are taking a “zero tolerance” approach to violations of rules regarding substances and materials banned from football games at the University of Colorado at Boulder this fall, and fans may also be ejected from games for unruly behavior directed at stadium officials and other fans. Banned items include alcoholic beverages, cans, glass bottles, ice chests or liquid containers of one-gallon or more in size. Fans may bring one non-disposable container no larger than two liters — or one-half gallon — or they may bring one factory sealed bottle of water up to one liter into the stadium. “Our goal is to help facilitate a safe stadium environment for game attendees, accordingly, unruly fan behavior will not be tolerated,” said Joe Roy, chief of the CU Police Department. In addition to the ban on alcohol in the stadium, marshmallows have also been banned. The concern, said Roy, is that fans who throw objects may strike other fans in the stadium or hit players, coaches and other people on the field. “Batteries, coins, rocks and other objects have been placed in marshmallows and thrown in the stadium and have caused serious injuries to people who have been struck by them,” said Roy. “We want people to be able to watch the game as opposed to watching-out for flying objects that might injure them.” Police and security personnel working games at Folsom Stadium will check for alcohol and other banned articles at the entry gates. An “amnesty” arrangement will allow people to discard those items before entering the stadium. However, visibly intoxicated people will be denied admission to the stadium and people visibly intoxicated inside the stadium will be ejected, he said. Anyone found in possession of alcohol or other banned items inside the stadium will be ejected, and underage persons caught with alcohol also will be issued a summons for “minor in possession,” Roy said. “In our experience there has been a direct correlation between excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages and the incidence of fighting and other dangerous behaviors in the stadium,” explained Roy. “We won’t turn a blind eye to alcohol possession or alcohol abuse,” said Roy. CU-Boulder students who are issued alcohol summonses also face judicial action by the university. Fans ejected from a game also may be denied access to subsequent games and their tickets may be confiscated, depending on the severity of the infraction. Unruly fans also may be arrested and face criminal prosecution. To assist with the additional work from strict enforcement, more officers will be at the game, Roy said. CSU police will be stationed in and around the CSU section while additional officers and security personnel will be stationed in the stadium and on the field,” he said. CU Police typically supervise about 80 officers working home games plus about 330 private security guards who check packs and survey the crowd. In addition to the extra help from CSU police, Boulder police and county deputies will be available during and after the game, Roy said. For more information regarding stadium rules, go to and enter “Folsom Field Policies” in the “Search CUBuffs” utility. Published: Aug. 29, 2005 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

The Best Solar Eclipses

first_imgJane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Recommended TagsastronomyatmosphereBaily’s BeadsCuriosity rovereclipseJupiterMarsMoonOpportunity roverPhobosplanetssolar systemsun,Trending Physics, Earth & Space The Best Solar EclipsesEvolution News @DiscoveryCSCAugust 9, 2017, 2:03 AM Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Evolution NewsEvolution News & Science Today (EN) provides original reporting and analysis about evolution, neuroscience, bioethics, intelligent design and other science-related issues, including breaking news about scientific research. It also covers the impact of science on culture and conflicts over free speech and academic freedom in science. Finally, it fact-checks and critiques media coverage of scientific issues. Share is an informative web site on the latest goings on above earth’s surface, including eclipses, aurora sightings, sunspots, and unusual atmospheric phenomena. The June 7, 2017, posting featured a stunning time-lapse video of two of Jupiter’s four Galilean moons casting their shadows on the planet’s cloud tops. Although these distant eclipses look impressive from our perspective, from Jupiter’s cloud tops not so much.We read on the web site:Envious Earthlings can take solace: Eclipses on Jupiter aren’t nearly as beautiful as they are on our planet. Here on Earth, the Moon and sun are almost precisely the same size — an incredible coincidence that produces phenomena such as Baily’s Beads and the Diamond ring. When the disk of the sun is so precisely covered, we can see the ghostly tendrils of the sun’s outer atmosphere (the corona) shimmering across the sky.On Jupiter, however, local moons appear to be much larger than the distant sun. Io, for example, is 6 times wider than the solar disk; it completely swallows the sun’s corona. This mismatch in size mitigates the beauty of the occasion. The best eclipses are homegrown, after all.We come to realize just how special solar eclipses are on earth’s surface when we compare them to what solar eclipses would look like from other planets in our solar system. While Jupiter’s moons appear too big in relation to the sun, some of the moons around other planets appear too small.The first pictures of an eclipse from the surface of another planet were taken by NASA’s Opportunity rover on the surface of Mars in March 2004. See the top of this post for a series of pictures of Phobos taken by the Curiosity rover on August 20, 2013.Notice the irregular appearance of the moon’s silhouette. The moons of Mars are so small that they can’t form themselves into spherical shapes, like our moon. Phobos completes an orbit around Mars in a mere eight hours! As a result, a transit of Phobos across the sun’s disk lasts only thirty seconds. The sun appears 35 percent smaller from Mars, making it harder for any would-be Martian observers to see fine details on the sun. And it only gets worse for the planets beyond Mars.In contrast, the sun appears only 3 percent bigger than the moon, on average, as viewed from earth’s surface. That’s a close match. The sun appears larger from earth than from any other planet with moons. Plus, eclipses from earth last a maximum of 7.5 minutes. Finally, we would be neglectful if we failed to mention the obvious facts that earth provide a solid surface to observe from and a transparent atmosphere. These are the reasons we get the best solar eclipses in the solar system. Of course it’s all sheer coincidence, don’t you know.Photo source: JPL/Caltech/NASA. Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogoslast_img read more

Flathead Tribes Oppose Grizzly Delisting as Comment Period Closes

first_img Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Similar to the heated debate surrounding wolves five years ago, the fate of grizzly bears is a polarizing issue in the Rocky Mountains, where opposing sides are forming over the future status of the iconic species in its last remaining stronghold in the lower 48 states.The Obama administration is seeking to lift protections under the Endangered Species Act for more than 700 grizzlies around Yellowstone National Park, saying that specific population has sufficiently recovered in a 19,279-square-mile area spanning southwestern Montana and parts of Wyoming and Idaho. On the heels of the proposal, Montana has prepared for state management of the species by crafting guidelines and details of a possible limited hunting season, similar to how wolves are now managed. The state began accepting public comment on the proposed biannual season last week.Citing cultural objections to the proposed hunting season, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are opposing the removal of federal protections for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone region.Dale Becker, the wildlife program manager for the CSKT, said the tribes submitted a formal letter last week to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service explaining their opposition, which aligns with other tribal governments in the region that have come out against the proposal.Becker said the tribes commended the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for its efforts to recover the population of grizzlies across the entire state, but “the real sticking point is the plan to including hunting by the three states.”“That’s the sticking point for a whole group of tribes,” Becker said.“We had discussions with representatives from both our culture committees, the Kootenai and the Salish, and the thing that came out was members of this tribe traditionally didn’t hunt grizzly bears and the species was held in pretty high reverence from a cultural and spiritual standpoint.”Becker said the potential hunting season presented a big concern to the CSKT. Historically, the Flathead Reservation banned hunting of grizzlies early on after the species was listed as threatened under the ESA in 1975. Hunting was allowed in much of Northwest Montana until 1991, when a federal judge when a federal district judge issued an injunction halting the season and the USFWS revoked the special rule.The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes in Idaho have also come out against the Yellowstone delisting.“No grizzly bears will be hunted on Shoshone-Bannock lands, and the Shoshone-Bannock will oppose any attempts to hunt grizzlies in their recognized ancestral homelands,” the tribes stated in March.The Blackfeet Tribe has not taken an official stance on the delisting proposal, according to Tribal Chairman Harry Barnes.Barnes said there are a mixture of competing opinions about the proposal within the tribe, while his concerns are centered on habitat impacts if the bears were delisted.“We’re not in favor of more degradation of the habitat and ecosystem,” he said.The CSKT formalized their stance in a letter sent to the federal government during its comment period on the proposed delisting, which ended May 10. Over 5,000 comments were submitted online and an untold amount more were sent through the mail.While many critics have expressed opposition to the Yellowstone proposal, it has garnered full support from Montana’s governor and its congressional delegation.“Animals are put on the endangered list because they are facing extinction and I think this is a success story,” U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, a Democrat, said last week while visiting Kalispell. “Quite frankly if they’re recovered, we can rejoice, and I think we need to manage them. I think this could be a real success story much like wolves if in fact the science bears it out and then we should move forward and mange them appropriately and continue to monitor them.”Tester said he supports hunting grizzlies as a form of management.The proposed delisting of the Yellowstone grizzlies could set the stage for other populations to transition to delisted status and state management, including the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem in Northwest Montana.U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, a Republican, said in March he hopes the delisting would help “clear the way for responsible management of the species and more responsible management of our natural resources, including our National Forests.” He also said he would encourage the USFWS to delist other grizzly populations in the state in the coming years.Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democrat, said he welcomed the opportunity for the state to manage the species.“Montanans should be in charge of managing our wildlife for the betterment of the state,” Bullock stated. “I am excited that we can again have that opportunity and we will do so in a responsible way that is reflective of our values, and the value of this iconic species.”Similarly, U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke said it would be best for Montana to manage the species over the federal government.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will make a decision on the delisting proposal by March 2017.last_img read more

Business Matters Ep 38 – Vincent Kennedy & Anne Marie Conlon

first_img Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 By admin – April 7, 2021 Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Google+ Google+ Twitter WhatsApp Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook AudioBusinessMattersHomepage BannerNewsPlaybackcenter_img Pinterest Facebook Pinterest Business Matters Ep 38 – Vincent Kennedy & Anne Marie Conlon Previous articleTwo teachers unions back motion that could lead to industrial actionNext articleSITA’s Location Lead looking forward to increasing Letterkenny team admin Harps come back to win in Waterford On this week’s Business Matters podcast, Ciaran O’Donnell talks to SITA’s Location Lead in Letterkenny, Vincent Kennedy, about the company’s plans to create 55 new jobs at its base on Business Park Road.And for this week’s Backing Business Segment, Ciaran is joined by Donegal County Council’s Head of Economic Development, Anne Marie Conlon.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

Photography Contest: The Photographic Museum of Humanity Grant

first_img Pocket Similar Stories 212 Photography Istanbul LinkedIn 0 Fourth Human Rights Youth Challenge Photography Contest: The Photographic Museum of Humanity Grant Share 0 Deadline: 24 February 2015Open to: international photographersAward: cash awards vary from $500 to $2000DescriptionThe Photographic Museum of Humanity Grant is an international photography contest that aims to finance selected photographers and bring recognition to emerging talents. The Photographic Museum of Humanity, an online museum, is seeking entries for its contest . The aim of the Photographic Museum of Humanity Grant is to finance talented photographers and discover new talents.EligibilityThis contest is open to  photographers internationallyAwardsFirst place:  2,000 USDSecond place: 1,000 USD;Third Place: 500 USD;New Generation Prize: 500 USD-(To be awarded to a photographer under the age of 25).ApplicationYou can start with your application by registering at the official webpage, where you can find also additional information.There is no entry fee, but you must apply for a photographer account within the curated community. If you pass the photo editors selection and successfully register as a photographer, you are then automatically allowed to present your work to the PMH 2015 Grant.The deadline for the contest is 24 February 2015. Tweetcenter_img Visegrád School of Political Studies → ← The OSCE Academy: MA in Politics & Security and Economic Governance & Development Reddit The Masters Review Flash Fiction Contest 2021 Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. +1 February 6, 2015 Published by vladimir last_img read more

Dezer’s 30-acre megaproject in North Miami Beach gets first approval

first_imgShare via Shortlink Renderings of the project and Gil Dezer (Getty; Renderings via Zyscovich Architects)A nearly 30-acre mixed-use development that would bring luxury condo towers, a harbor and public promenade secured a key approval from the city of North Miami Beach.Developer Gil Dezer’s plan to transform the Intracoastal Mall will return to the North Miami City Commission next month, after commissioners voted to pass zoning amendments and a 30-year development agreement between the city and developer on first reading after a meeting that stretched past 3 a.m. Friday morning.The developer is proposing 2,000 residential units, 575,000 square feet of retail and office space, 250 hotel rooms, a harbor and central park and more. The megadevelopment would replace the 234,000-square-foot Intracoastal Mall and a three-story office building.ADVERTISEMENTDezer, whose recent projects include the Residences at Armani/Casa and the Porsche Design Tower, — two luxury condo towers visible from North Miami Beach — tapped Bernard Zyscovich of Zyscovich Architects to design the development.(Rendering via Zyscovich Architects)In July, Dezer Development received a favorable vote from the North Miami Beach planning board for its plans for the 29-acre property.The four-phased project would include 200,000 square feet of office space and 375,000 square feet of retail space with a grocery store and entertainment retail, for-sale townhouses, condos and rental apartments, and a waterfront promenade.As part of the approval, Dezer would also build police and fire substations, a community center, and infrastructure around the project.Tracy Slavens, an attorney at Holland & Knight who’s representing Dezer, introduced the project and said the developer shifted the building height and reduced the “intensity” by more than 70 percent. Dezer plans to relocate some retail tenants of the existing mall into the new project.Mayor Anthony F. DeFillipo urged the commission to move the plan forward.“Use the Aventura Mall as an example,” DeFillipo said. “At the end of the day they have a community that’s thriving. Where do we want to be?Dozens of nearby residents spoke against the plans and urged commissioners to reject the proposed changes. Many talked about the impact it could have on traffic, especially for those living in the Eastern Shores neighborhood.“You have the right, the obligation to stop this thing and you have to do that,” said Bruce Kusens, a resident who opposes the zoning changes. “This was supposed to make things better, not make things worse.”An ordinance amending the zoning and land development code related to the Intracoastal Mall property passed 4 to 3, with commissioners Phyllis Smith, Fortuna Smukler and Barbara Kramer voting against it.The ordinance gives direction to city staff to make changes related to the hotel component. The second ordinance, approving the master development agreement and conceptual master plan request by the developer, also passed 4 to 3 with the same commissioners voting for and against it. The latter ordinance passed with amendments.Arthur Gallagher, who works for the developer, said construction of the first phase could take three years from the time the developer receives building permits.If the commission votes to approve the ordinances on second reading, Dezer would have to get site plan approval, in addition to approvals from other government agencies, including Miami-Dade County’s Department of Environmental Resources Management.Contact Katherine Kallergis Email Address* Message* Full Name* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink TagsDevelopmentlast_img read more