Tampa Bay Sees Increase in Office Rent Prices

According to a recent report, Tampa Bay is among four major Florida markets in which office rents rose more than four percent over the last year.  The reason for the increase in price is due to higher demand and absorption, not new construction.  Other markets that saw rental increases include Broward County, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade.  Jacksonville and Orlando saw increases, but at a much lower rate.

Gandy Expressway Project Heats Up

The $230 million Gandy Expressway Project, previously mentioned here, began preliminary work last week.  More work will begin September 12 when crews will work on the project overnight on westbound Gandy Boulevard. That work will require road closures between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.

The Selmon Extension is designed to provide a direct connection to the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway, Dale Mabry Highway or the Gandy Bridge.  Construction of the Selmon West Extension is expected to begin early next year with the extension opening in late 2020.

FDOT Announces the Next Phase of the Suncoast Parkway

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) announced construction will soon begin on phase two of the Suncoast Parkway project.  The toll road known as “Suncoast 2” is scheduled to begin development early next year.  The project consists of a 13 mile, 4 lane extension to the Parkway that will end in Citrus County.

For more information, visit: http://sptimes.com/news/transportation/roads/road-to-nowhere-is-back-next-phase-of-suncoast-parkway-coming/2334389

 

Cary Gaylord Named 2018 “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers

Gaylord Merlin Ludovici & Diaz is proud to announce that Cary Gaylord has been named a 2018 “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in the area of Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law in Tampa.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.  Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation.  Over 79,000 leading attorneys globally are eligible to vote, and we have received more than 12 million votes to date on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world.  For the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, 6.7 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in more than 55,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition.  Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.  Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

Gaylord Merlin Attorneys Named to 2018 Best Lawyers in America

Gaylord Merlin Ludovici & Diaz is pleased to announce that 4 of our lawyers were selected to 2018 The Best Lawyers in America® for Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law:

Andrew G. Diaz
S. Cary Gaylord
Lorena Hart Ludovici
Kimbel L. Merlin

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.  Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation.  Over 79,000 leading attorneys globally are eligible to vote, and we have received more than 12 million votes to date on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world.  For the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, 6.7 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in more than 55,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition.  Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.  Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

Gandy Fast Lane Project Approved for $230 Million

The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority approved a bill on Monday for a $230 million design-build contract to develop a “fast lane” which will connect Dale Mabry and the Gandy Boulevard.  The lane will be a two-mile toll road and construction is expected to begin early next year.  The extension is scheduled to open in late 2020.

Changes Coming Soon to Alleviate Howard Franklin Bridge Traffic

According to a recent Tampa Bay Times article, Interstate I-275 will undergo changes in the next few years to address traffic issues, particularly with respect to the Howard Franklin Bridge.  The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) wants to add a third lane to both directions approaching the bridge on the Tampa side.  The project could cost roughly $25 million and was previously bundled as part of the TBX project.  The new lanes project still must receive approval before progress can be made, but construction could begin by Fall 2019, with lanes to open in 2021.

FDOT’s Tampa Bay Next Project Getting Some Positive Feedback

Despite initial opposition to the plans, the Tampa Bay Next project is now receiving positive feedback for purposes of community inclusion.  “I feel very good about Tampa Bay Next, the conversation and open dialogue,” stated Tampa City Councilman Guido Maniscalco, who voted against the project just two years ago.  He is now singing a different tune with the FDOT’s willingness to consider shifting the toll lanes to I-75 as well as incorporating a potential “boulevard” concept.