FPL’s Ponce de Leon Boulevard Project Begins October 2

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Click on the schematic to view the project detail on Ponce de Leon Boulevard.

The University Miami advises the UM community that Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) contract crews will begin upgrading an existing transmission line in Coral Gables, which will enhance the reliability of the area’s  electric grid, on Monday, October 2.

This project will primarily take place along Ponce de Leon Boulevard from S.W. 68 Street and Red Road, traveling northeast to Douglas and Bird roads. The upgraded poles will help speed power restoration efforts after severe weather conditions, including hurricanes.

The majority of the work will take place between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. Monday through Saturday. During times of construction, northbound traffic on Ponce de Leon Boulevard will shift to one of the southbound lanes. Northbound and southbound traffic will be able to move along the roadway. During the work, flagmen and law enforcement personnel will redirect traffic; all motorists are urged to use caution when traveling near the area and be alert for workers.

The company pledges to work safely and respectfully in the community, as well as make reasonable efforts to minimize construction-related noise and any other inconveniences. FPL does not anticipate any power interruptions associated with this project, which is scheduled to be completed by the first quarter of 2018.

Visit FPL.com/coconutgrove or call 1-800-495-7663 and refer to the Coconut Grove-Galloway project for additional information.


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SEEDS ‘You Choose’ Leadership Award Applications Deadline Extended

The SEEDS (A Seed for Success) Program has extended its deadline for applications for its 2017-2018 “You Choose” Leadership Awards to Tuesday, October 10.

“The prestigious SEEDS ‘You Choose’ Leadership Awards are given annually to nominated faculty members and are centered around constructive research, collaborative projects, mentoring, workshops, and seminars that increase diversity awareness and serve to advance the awardees’ own research efforts as well as areas of academic concentration and their professional profiles in academia, the University of Miami, and beyond,” said SEEDS Program Manager, Marisol Capellan.

Established to promote academic support for UM faculty, the awards offer up to $2,500 to each winner who may use the funds for professional skills workshops, mentoring programs, seminar series, networking events, visits by experts and distinguished speakers, collaborative research, and leadership activities.

Eligibility has expanded to include all disciplines across UM’s three campuses. Tenured, tenure-track, research faculty and UM Libraries faculty are eligible, and postdoctoral researchers and graduate students may apply in partnership with UM faculty.

Due to Hurricane Irma, SEEDS will accept applications for the “You Choose” Leadership Awards until October 10.

For more information and to apply, visit http://seeds.miami.edu/seeds/programs/you-choose/ For more information about SEEDS, please contact SEEDS Program Manager, Marisol Capellan, at mcapellan@miami.edu.


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Pedestrian Bridge Dedication Postponed

With the University of Miami closed and Hurricane Irma approaching South Florida, the September 13 dedication of the pedestrian bridge across busy U.S. 1 at Mariposa Court, which opened to foot traffic last month, has been postponed until further notice.

University of Miami students began lobbying for the overpass 11 years ago, when freshman Ashley Kelly was struck and killed by a car while crossing the busy intersection. The day after her death, the Student Government Senate passed the Ashley Kelly Resolution calling for construction of a bridge at the intersection. In July 2013, Miami-Dade commissioners greenlighted the plan and, at the April 2015 groundbreaking ceremony, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez called the $6 million project “a giant step” in protecting the more than 1,300 pedestrians who cross the intersection every day.

To reach this point, the bridge had to overcome many obstacles, most notably trying to figure out where the bridge would land on the south side of U.S. 1. When one plan fell through, City of Coral Gables commissioners unanimously agreed to transfer control of Mariposa Court to Miami-Dade County, paving the way for the bridge’s construction.

“That’s a testament to how important we believe this project is,”former  Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason said at the time.

A major supporter of public transportation, UM subsidizes its employees who use county buses, Metrorail, and Tri-Rail through its Public Transportation Benefit Program. Many of those employees cross the intersection of US 1 and Mariposa to get to work, and the area is no doubt seeing even more pedestrians now that The Lennar Foundation Medical Center opened across the street.


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