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Talk of the bay: Not so fast on that airport, judge declares

By Times Staff Writer
Published December 1, 2007


A federal judge in New York has temporarily blocked construction of the Panama City-Bay County International Airport. The court's order was in response to a lawsuit against the FAA filed by environmental groups and a local pilot's organizations battling the $300-million project. Plaintiffs argued construction would cause "devastating and irreparable environmental injury" to the 4,000-acre site. The judge's stay halts site preparation that was expected to start Friday. The controversial airport has been a linchpin in development plans of companies like St. Joe Co., which is contributing land for the site.

UF getting some lab breathing room

Cramped biotech start-ups at University of Florida can expect some relief. Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc. of Pasadena, Calif., has signed an agreement with UF to build 160,000-square-feet of lab and office space on campus. The two-building complex will be built south of UF's Cancer and Genetics Research Building, with the first space open in 2010. UF's Sid Martin Biotechnology Incubator in Alachua offers start-up space, but has a waiting list.

Here's some news we can all toast

Big booze could equal big jobs when Premier Beverage Co. of Florida expands warehousing operations near Tampa. The Miramar-based liquor distributor told Hillsborough County it could employ an extra 500 people in a proposed mall-sized complex it wants to open in the next two years off U.S. 41. Premier distributes such potent potables as Bacardi rum, and Jack Daniels bourbon. It employs about 140 in Riverview.


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