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Amazon decided against putting its second headquarters in South Florida, but the online retailer opened another distribution center to ensure speedy deliveries in the tri-county area.

Amazon has opened a distribution center in 100,000 square feet at the Sawgrass International Corporate Park in Sunrise, according to Lou Sandors, the city’s economic development director. The space formerly was occupied by an online retailer called Fanatics.

Amazon spokeswoman Amanda Ip told the Sun-Sentinel that the company has 75 facilities nationwide like the new one in Sunrise.

Last year, the online retailer leased 50,000 square feet at 101 Northeast 23rd Street in the Wynwood area of Miami to support its Prime Now delivery operations.

In 2016, Amazon leased an 800,000-square-foot warehouse at Miami Opa-locka Executive Airport and a 117,235-square-foot space at the South Florida Logistics Center in Miami at 3200 Northwest 67th Avenue in Miami.

South Florida was one of 20 metropolitan areas on the short list to become the home of Amazon’s second headquarters, or HQ2, which will be established in New York City and Arlington, Virginia.

 

Source: The Real Deal

The City of Hollywood is working to develop and expand targeted industries to become more successful, resulting in higher paying jobs and ultimately more money for the City.

Health Care

Memorial Healthcare System, one of the largest in the nation and it is continuing to grow.  Memorial Regional Hospital is the flagship facility of this system. It offers extensive and diverse health care services that include Memorial Cardiac and Vascular Institute featuring renowned surgeons, Memorial Cancer Institute and Memorial Neuroscience Institute providing innovative technology.

There is Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital at Memorial, one of the region’s leading pediatric hospitals. It offers a comprehensive scope of healthcare services and programs in a child-friendly atmosphere. It is a full-service hospital and offers treatment for minor illnesses, trauma-related accidents, and complex medical conditions. It combines advanced technology and the expertise of a large group of board-certified pediatric specialists. The hospital has 226 beds.

Tourism

Tourism and hospitality is another major objective. The Diplomat Beach Resort has completed major renovations and offers many high-end restaurants and amenities. The Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort offers fine dining a high-quality hotel, a beautiful pool, and other amenities. And there are other hotels located at Hollywood Beach and throughout the city.

Aerospace and Aviation

Hollywood is home to HEICO Corporation, is a top manufacturer of aerospace, industrial, defense and electronics products. They make products that are found on commercial airplanes, military aircraft, industrial turbines, targeting systems, and missiles. HEICO operates in two segments, the Flight Support, and Electronic Technologies Group.

And there is Quiet Technology Aerospace which recently moved into a 30,000 square foot facility. This company performs repair work for aviation. It is a market leader in the application of advanced composites for noise attenuation and structures.

The Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport is one of the fastest growing airports in the nation. Major developments are underway and new destinations are being added.

Marine Technology

Marine technology is another major industry for Hollywood. Most of Port Everglades is in Hollywood. Each cruise ship that comes to the port brings thousands of passengers. And there is more development taking place with cruise terminals.

A major expansion project at the port will allow larger freight ships to come to the port and all this means more people and money coming into HollywoodQuantum Marine Engineering of Florida is a leader in producing stabilization technology for yachts. The company is operating in Hollywood. There are many other businesses that are prospering in the marine industry. Nova Southeastern University is operating an Oceanographic Center in Hollywood for various research programs.

Education and Technology

In the area of education and technology, Barry University recently opened a health sciences building in Hollywood, adding to a number of high-quality private schools, charter schools and public schools in the city.

And there are many other thriving businesses in the City. Chewy.com has a location in the City. In addition to developing these key industries, small businesses throughout the city are thriving and offering career opportunities for residents.

 

Source: Hollywood Gazette

Fort Lauderdale will offer developers the opportunity to build an entertainment/athletic venue, plus potential commercial development, around Lockhart Stadium and Fort Lauderdale Stadium.

Lockhart Stadium will be part of a request for proposals for a development lease in Fort Lauderdale

On Tuesday evening, the City Commission approved a resolution declaring its intent to lease the 64-acre site at the northwest corner of Commercial Boulevard and Northwest 12th Avenue. It’s on the outskirts of Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport.

City Manager Lee Feldman said his staff is preparing to issue a request for proposals (RFP) for a lease and development agreement on the site within 10 days. The deadline to respond will be July 6.

Feldman said the RFP will call for an entertainment and/or athletic venue with at least four fields that can be used for soccer and lacrosse. At least one of the two stadiums must remain and be renovated, although the other stadium could be removed, Feldman said. No residential development would be allowed on the site, but there could be commercial development that contributes to the entertainment/athletic uses, he said.

Lockhart Stadium has a lease with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers soccer team through Dec. 31. Fort Lauderdale Stadium previously hosted MLB spring training, but has not been frequently used in recent years. The RFP will give the developer the option of demolishing either stadium, but not both. The RFP will also cover vacant land south of Lockhart Stadium.

“The city owns the property and we are looking to have the lease generate income for city and provide for an economic engine,” Feldman said.

The RFP applications must be submitted to Fort Lauderdale’s procurement division. The sealed bids would be reviewed by the city commission on Aug. 22.

 

Source: SFBJ