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Electrical work could cause delays on Venetian Causeway

 

crabin@MiamiHerald.com

Commuters should expect delays on the Venetian Causeway on Thursday as Florida Power & Light does electrical work on the bridge that could slow down traffic in both directions.

FP&L is relocating a switch from underneath the old Miami Herald building that controls the power supply to the causeway bridge. While work is under way, the bridge will receive power from generators between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The Genting Group purchased the 13.9-acre Herald site for $236 million in 2011 in hopes of building a luxury resort and casino.

The Malaysian casino giant has lobbied state legislators unsuccessfully to get full-scale gambling allowed in Miami. The company, which received a demolition permit from the city of Miami in July, has slowly been demolishing the building from the interior. A parking lot and some of the exterior in front of the building just east of Biscayne Boulevard at Northwest 14th Street has been torn down.

Even without gambling rights, Genting intends to build a 500-room luxury hotel.

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