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Across Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Broward counties, major retailers and shipping services leased 2.8 million square feet of industrial space in the largest leases of 2022, far outstripping last year’s total of 2.2 million square feet.

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One area seeing pressure to develop is known as the Agricultural Reserve, 20,000 acres that stretch for miles in areas west of Florida’s Turnpike, including near Delray Beach. That is the dilemma facing commissioners. There is a proposal to build housing in an area where development seems to be swelling up all around it.

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After securing a $26 million construction loan, Butters Construction & Development broke ground on a warehouse on a 12.55-acre site at 5601 N. Hiatus Road. Sonny’s Enterprises, a manufacturer of car wash equipment, will occupy the entire space as its headquarters and distribution facility.