Economic Backbone - Transportation
PortMiami is moving ahead with $280 million in projects
Amid uncertainty over when the cruise industry will rebound from COVID-19, work is underway on expanding and upgrading cruise facilities at PortMiami. Last year, Miami-Dade County officials approved nearly $280 million in construction contracts for two new cruise terminal projects.
At the west end of Dodge Island, contractor Suffolk is building a 100,000-sq.-ft. terminal for Virgin Voyages. The terminal will be home to Virgin’s Scarlet Lady, an adults-only ship with a tattoo parlor and nightclub, among other amenities.
Alexis Leal, chief operations officer for Suffolk’s Miami office, says the terminal’s roof “has a uniquely designed hammered edge and curved columns that, in essence, resemble coconut palms.”
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