by Mike Vogel
Updated 5 months ago
Tankers, cargo and cruise ships routinely discharge bilge, wastewater, sewage and other liquids, treated to required regulatory levels, into the sea. Failure to comply with rules on where such loads can be discharged means fines and headlines.
Fort Lauderdale-based Total Marine Solutions, a company that provides environmental services to 1,000 ships a year, worked with longtime partner Brenock to develop its Ocean Guardian software that gives ship operators information on the rules for a ship’s location. The software is on 45 ships globally.
Total Marine employs 22 and has $15 million in revenue. “Enforcement agencies are taking stronger action to hold those who violate environmental regulations accountable for marine pollution,” says owner Alexandra Anagnostis-Irons. “Ocean Guardian is designed to help companies facilitate consistent compliance throughout their fleet.”
- Fort Lauderdale commissioners endorsed a bid from an investor group led by David Beckham to lease the site of Lockhart Stadium for 50 years and build an 18,000- seat stadium that will host the first two seasons of Beckham’s soccer club, MLS Inter Miami CF. The group also proposes to develop the site as a public park with practice fields, a farm team and a youth academy that will field a traveling soccer team. The city still has to negotiate specific terms of the deal with the group. Beckham’s group eventually wants to play at a new stadium in Miami, though the effort there has so far failed to overcome numerous hurdles. Beckham’s group includes brothers Jorge and Jose Mas of Miami infrastructure giant MasTec along with telecom executive Marcelo Claure, TV figure Simon Fuller and SoftBank’s Masayoshi Son. A rival contender for the site, FXE Futbol, wanted to renovate Lockhart and base a USL soccer team there along with mixed-use dining and recreation.
- Baptist Health South Florida broke ground on a 200,000-sq.-ft. medical center in Plantation that will employ 230. Jupiter Medical Center received a five-star rating for quality of care, the top star ranking, from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. It’s the only hospital to earn five stars from Palm Beach through Indian River counties.
- CareerSource Palm Beach County provided $100,000 to The Lord’s Place outreach organization to increase services to the homeless. The contribution brings CareerSource’s total to The Lord’s Place to $2 million in 10 years.
- Power Financial Credit Union in Pembroke Pines is acquiring Sunrise-based TransCapital Bank, a 20-year-old bank with branches in Sunrise, Hallandale Beach and Delray Beach. The combined entity will have $860 million in assets and nine locations.
- The new Okeechobee County Economic Development Corp. hired its first president and CEO, Megan Smith, former vice president for business development at the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber in Gulf Shores.
- Delray Beach city commissioners approved plans by developers National Realty Investment Advisors and U.S. Construction to build Ocean Delray, a 19-home luxury, oceanfront project with units starting in the high $4-million range, on the site of the Wright by the Sea Hotel.
- Affordable housing developer Carrfour Supportive Housing of Miami broke ground on Carrfour’s first project outside Miami-Dade County, a $17.5-million, 36-unit development in West Palm Beach providing housing and services for formerly homeless people with 26 units set aside for those with severe mental illness in need of support to live independently. Carrfour is partnering with the Jerome Golden Center for Behavioral Health.
- Fort Lauderdale-based ArtServe appointed Craig W. Johnson, the founder and former president and CEO of the Center for Contemporary Dance in Central Florida, as executive director.
- Donelle Zunker, dual manager of the Renaissance and Marriott Atlanta Airport Gateway, was appointed general manager of Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa.
- Ophthalmic surgical instrument maker Oculus Surgical plans a $7-million, 55,000- sq.-ft. factory at the Tradition Center for Commerce in Port St. Lucie. Oculus will increase its employment in the county to 79 from 29.
Read more in Florida Trend's June issue.
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