FYI Miami: September 25, 2014
NUCLEAR PROJECT ‘FEASIBLE’: Despite skepticism from attorneys for consumer and business groups, Florida Power & Light’s long-term plan to build two nuclear reactors in Miami-Dade remains feasible, staff of the state Public Service Commission said in a recommendation this week that will go to the commission Oct. 2 for approval. It’s part of a process to determine how much FPL should be allowed to collect from customers for nuclear projects. The utility proposes two reactors at its Turkey Point complex at a cost of $12.6 billion to $18.4 billion to start generating electricity in 2022 and 2023. Some have questioned whether the project remains feasible. But the Public Service Commission staff said FPL’s evidence considered a range of factors that could affect the feasibility. “While continuing uncertainty exists in virtually all these areas, staff believes completion of the project appears feasible at this time,’’ the recommendation said.
AMERIGO COMES TO MIAMI: Container shipping giant CMA CMG Group will upgrade its Amerigo service between the US and the Mediterranean with a weekly call at PortMiami, scheduled to begin Oct. 26. According to CMA CHG Group, the world’s third largest container shipping company, the new service will include a fleet of six vessels, start a new service to Mexico and maintain its service in Houston on the Florida loop. The new service will cover in 42 days the following ports: Malta, Livorno, Genoa, Fos-sur-mer, Barcelona, Valencia, New York, Norfolk, Savannah, Miami and Tangiers.
FOREIGN INVESTMENT: The City of Miami EB-5 Regional Center will present the second of its conferences on the foreign investment program at 9 a.m. Oct. 8 at Miami City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive. Entitled “The New Silk Road: Why the World’s Roads Lead to Miami,” speakers will include experts in the EB-5 Regional Center area. This presentation is geared to professionals, stakeholders and potential project developers. Advance registration is required at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ULTRA-FAST SCANS: Following a six-month clinical trial use, West Kendall Baptist Hospital has purchased a scanner that can enable clinicians to diagnose more patients with erratic and high heartbeats and provide pediatric patients with sedation-free and low-dose scanning. The Revolution CT scanner made by GE Healthcare will allow doctors to scan entire organs such as the brain, heart and liver in a single rotation of just 28 hundredths of a second, reducing breath-holding time for patients. The speed enables a comprehensive stroke assessment of the brain in a single exam.