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Florida Supreme Court Affirms Bonds And Public Purpose Of Us Sugar Land Acquisition For Everglades

Posted by on Thursday, 18 November, 2010


CLEWISTON-November 18, 2010-U.S. Sugar is pleased that the Florida Supreme Court has rejected Florida Crystals’ and the Miccosukee Tribe’s specious arguments — that have bottled up the courts, wasted tax dollars and delayed restoration for more than two years — and unanimously affirmed the Lower Court’s approval of bond validation and the acquisition’s overwhelming public purpose.

“The Florida Supreme Court has ruled favorably and unanimously on the South Florida Water Management District’s legal authority to finance the acquisition of US Sugar property for restoration,” said Judy Sanchez, director of corporate communications.

“This decision also affirmed once and for all that the acquisition of U.S. Sugar lands fulfills a valid and extremely important public purpose in providing land for water storage and treatment to benefit the Everglades ecosystem and the coastal estuaries,” Sanchez said.

“Hopefully, Florida Crystals now will re-focus their resources on partnering in restoring the Everglades and abandon their offensive legal and political wrangling,” Sanchez said.

U.S. Sugar is the country’s largest vertically integrated producer of sugarcane and refined cane sugar and one of Florida’s major producers of oranges and orange juice products. U.S. Sugar also owns an independent short line railroad, SCFE.

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The First Annual STEMtech Conference Declared A Success

Posted by on Thursday, 4 November, 2010

– The League for Innovation announced today that 1,500 educators and corporate and association leaders from the U.S., Canada, Germany, and Puerto Rico gathered October 31 November 3, at the League for Innovation’s first annual STEMtech conference in Orlando, Florida. Conference participants discussed how to increase student success in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors and careers and strategically using information technology to better serve students, campuses, and communities.

The first annual STEMtech conference was a huge success. The caliber of presenters at the conference was remarkable, with topics ranging from increasing the participation of women and minorities in STEM education to managing IT services during peak demand periods.  In addition, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation held a series of discussions in conjunction with the conference designed to showcase effective networking practices. The discussions highlighted how states can learn from one another as they leverage their successes transitioning learners from high school to community college, and ultimately, into the workforce. Dozens of exhibitors were also on hand to demonstrate their latest products and services.

Ed Begley, Jr., best known for his roles in St. Elsewhere, The West Wing, and Living With Ed, a reality show that chronicles how he and his wife live the green life near Los Angeles, California, delivered the opening keynote address. Begley’s strong message encouraged sustainable and environmentally-friendly living practices. Michael C. Lach, special assistant, STEM Education, U.S. Department of Education, served as the closing keynote speaker and shared important information about how educators and others can help advance the country’s STEM education agenda.

“Our first annual STEMtech conference brought together the best and brightest STEM and information technology professionals,” said League for Innovation President and CEO Gerardo E. de los Santos. “Attending our first annual STEMtech conference was a great way for educators to learn from one another, make new connections, and discover the latest strategies, products, and services.”

Planning for next year’s STEMtech is already under way. Hosted by Ivy Tech Community College, the conference is being held October 2-5, 2011 at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis, Indiana. Individuals interested in presenting at the 2011 STEMtech can submit their proposals online at A handful of presentation slots are reserved for League for Innovation Corporate Partners, who are also strongly encouraged to exhibit at the conference.

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Orange Bowl Field To Be Constructed By Miller Construction

Posted by on Thursday, 29 July, 2010

– MIAMI, Fla. A new Miami community landmark is taking shape as Miller Construction Company builds Orange Bowl Field at Moore Park in Miami for the Orange Bowl Committee.  The recreational facility will include a new youth sports/high school football stadium, track and other improvements at Moore Park, 765 NW 36th Street.

Orange Bowl Field’s uses will range from youth and high school football and track competitions to community enjoyment for walking, running and jogging along the track, according to Miller Project Executive David Jones.

The Orange Bowl Committee has spearheaded creation of the project to commemorate its 75th anniversary and as a “thank you” to the community for the support given to the Orange Bowl Festival and game from its inception.  The Orange Bowl Committee has committed $3.1 million for the Moore Park project, with additional funding provided by the City of Miami and other private donors.

Miller’s construction project includes building “home” and “away” locker rooms, public restrooms, concession stands, second-floor press box and coaches’ booths, and installing bleacher seating for 1500 spectators.

Orange Bowl Field at Moore Park has special significance as the site of a 1933 game that was the precursor of the annual Orange Bowl.  In that historic match, underdog University of Miami beat Manhattan College 7-0.  Two years later, the Orange Bowl Committee was formed and soon launched its tradition of supporting Miami’s youth.

“Community athletes will have a chance to compete on the same type of surfaces as the pros,” said Jones.  Miller will install a synthetic turf field and upgrade the track with a synthetic rubberized coating, as well as adding new sports lighting and electronic scoreboard.  Completion is set for January 2011.  Miller previously built the Orange Bowl Committee’s award-winning headquarters in Miami Lakes.

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