PB Gardens condo community seeks yet another contractor to repair its buildings

PB Gardens condo community seeks yet another contractor to repair its buildings

Workers remove scaffolding after San Matera condo repair work stopped in April. (Credit: Richard Graulich | Palm Beach Post)

Repairs to water-damaged buildings at a Palm Beach Gardens condo complex have stopped amid questions about who will finish the job.

A Fort-Meyer-based contractor walked off the job in dispute over payment, according to condo owners at the San Matera condominium community, and repairs to all 30 buildings there remain incomplete.

The saga of the San Matera began after construction of the 100-acre complex was finished in 2005.
After residents moved it, they found water intrusion in their condos, and engineers later would identify multiple sources that included leaky roofs, windows and walls.

Water intrusion damaged many of the 676 units. So, the homeowners’ association at San Matera sued insurers for the developer, Kolter Homes, and multiple subcontractors, then settled the case for $22.5 million in 2016.

But yellow caution tape still cordons off parts of the San Matera complex, where Fort Meyers-based contractor Florida Structural Group had spent 18 months repairing defective construction before walking off the job April 10.

According to the company that manages San Matera, the board of the homeowners’ association is negotiating with another contractor to finish the repair work, but no timetable has been set. [Palm Beach Post]Mike Seemuth

South Florida firm, partner acquire Tampa office building for $29.4M

North Miami Beach-based Galium Capital entered into a joint venture to buy the Fountain Square II office building for about $220 per square foot

July 28, 2019 04:00PM

Fountain Square II in Tampa (Credit: Tampa Bay Business Journal)

A South Florida firm and its joint-venture partner acquired a four-story office building in Tampa for $29.4 million.

North Miami Beach-based Galium Capital and venture partner Owens Realty Capital paid about $220 per square foot for the  Fountain Square II office building in the Westshore area of Tampa.

Built in 1989 about two miles from Tampa International Airport, the curvilinear Fountain Square II building has undergone more than $2 million of capital improvements since 2015.

With lease rates near $30 per square foot, the building is 93 percent leased. Its anchor tenants are CarePlus (42,903 square feet), ConnectWise (39,031 square feet) and the Social Security Administration (35,672 square feet).

The Tampa office building at 4925 Independence Parkway has 133,887 square feet of interior space and 519 structured-parking spaces. Herman Rodriguez and Ike Ojala in the Miami office of HFF brokered the transaction.

Galium Capital and Owens Realty Capital also jointly acquired a 67,500-square-foot office building at 3001 PGA Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens last November for $25.1 million, or about $372 per square foot. – Mike Seemuth

Roberto Antolín: Con el escudo del Real Madrid no se juegan amistosos y menos contra el Atlético de Madrid

Roberto Antolín: Con el escudo del Real Madrid no se juegan amistosos y menos contra el Atlético de Madrid

El Real Madrid continua regalando prestigio por los terrenos de juego del mundo futbolístico , y la afición del Real Madrid no aguanta más. Un derbi NUNCA es un partido amistoso.

Por Roberto Antolín
Lo grave, la desilusión que provoca la derrota después de un gasto de 300 millones de euros en fichajes. Los culpables apuntan al presidente y al entrenador por la falta de sintonía en la planificación del proyecto para tener resuelto el fichaje de Paul Pogba y la baja de Gareth Bale. Al primero lo van a fichar a precio de oro y al segundo lo van a regalar al Jiangsu Suning.

La ilusión de los madridistas está por los suelos con el 3-7 y de nada sirve que Zidane diga que es un amistoso y que hay que olvidarlo pronto. Lo podrá borrar él de su recuerdo porque no le queda otra que tirar hacia delante y ser optimista con lo que viene. Pero la afición está muy castigada y no olvida el pasado más reciente: tres entrenadores en una temporada, una Liga tirada a la basura en noviembre, los descalabros contra el Barcelona, la humillación anteel Ajax en elBernabéu, la falta de dignidad para acabar bien la Liga.

El 7 del Atleti en Nueva York desempolvó los peores fantasmas. Las pesadillas de la crisis que se iban a solucionar con el regreso de Zidane y la esperada revolución.Carvajal, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Kroos, Isco, Modric y Benzema NO deberían formar ya parte del Real Madrid, están para jugar con el Real Madrid Leyendas contra jugadores retirados y ex-futbolistas de otros equipos en torneos amistosos de verano; pero se quedan en el Real Madrid, porque son amigos del entrenador, Zinedine Zidane ó porque nadie está dispuesto a pagar a estoscaraduras el sueldo que les paga el club blanco. Desde hace meses el socio está esperando ese momento en el que agarrarse para levantar el ánimo bajo. Lleva tiempo mosqueado por cómo ha perdido el equipo el pulso competitivo desde la salida de Cristiano Ronaldo. En Hazard se han depositado las esperanzas y al Bernabéu acudieron en masa los seguidores para volver a ilusionarse. 

Se puede perder, más en estas fechas, en las que el equipo está en rodaje y las piernas pesan. Seguro que el Atleti va por delante en la preparación con esa concentración de calidad en Los Ángeles de San Rafael. La pretemporada del Madrid está siendo un calvario por un cúmulo de circunstancias. El viaje de Zidane por el fallecimiento de su hermano alteró la normalidad. La lesión de Brahim, la grave lesión de Marco Asensio para toda la temporada, las bajas de Mendy yJovic. La guerra fría de Zidane con Bale, que si lo despacha en el primer partido contra el Arsenal, recula contra el Bayern de Múnich, las noticias de que se puede ir gratis a China el futbolista más caro de la historia del Real Madrid. Las palabras de Gil Marín antes del derbi pidiendo que Florentino le venda a James porque sabe que el colombiano se quiere ir del club más grande del mundo.

Florentino Pérez, el presidente del Real Madrid, dijo en una entrevista en Onda Cero, con José Ramón de la Morena en España : «Mire, Carvajal llegó al Madrid con 10 años. Varane con 18. Sergio Ramos con 19. Marcelo con 18. La defensa titular del Madrid, de los que tres están en el once de la FIFA, llegó siendo niños. Hoy en día hay que trabajar con los jovencitos y este trabajo es el que estamos haciendo. Vamos a hacer un buen equipo este año».

«Odegaard, estoy seguro de que dentro de un par de años será uno de los mejores jugadores de la plantilla del Real Madrid. Tenemos la mejor cantera de jóvenes.Vinícius,Rodrygo, Brahim… Son los jugadores que en el futuro ganarán los Balones de Oro»

Mbappe, el mejor extremo y delantero joven del mundo se fué al Paris Saint Germain. De Jong , el mejor centrocampista joven del momento fichó por el FC Barcelona. De Ligt, el mejor defensa central joven acabó fichando por la Juventus. Todos destacaron en la mejor competición del mundo a nivel de clubs en Europa: La UEFA Champions League. Me gustaría saber quien es el director deportivo del Real Madrid, porque si están trabajando con los jovencitos, los realmente buenos, los están fichando otros equipos y NO el Real Madrid. Se están riendo a la cara del socio y del aficionado del Real Madrid, que acude todos los domingos al Santiago Bernabéu.

 

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Pep pill needed: As many as 700 more GNC vitamin stores will disappear later this year

Pep pill needed: As many as 700 more GNC vitamin stores will disappear later this year

(Credit: iStock)

(Credit: iStock)

GNC plans to close as many as 700 more of its vitamin stores in the second half of the year.

The struggling Pittsburgh-based retailer – which already closed 200 stores in the first half of the year – confirmed Monday that its store closures in 2019 will total as many as 900, Bisnow reported.

“The negative trends in traffic that we’ve seen in mall stores over the past several years accelerated during the past few quarters,” GNC CEO and chairman Ken Martindale said Monday during the company’s second-quarter earnings call.

GNC has about 4,100 U.S. locations selling vitamins and supplements, about 800 of them in malls.

In the long term, GNC could lower the number of mall locations to between 400 and 500, Tricia Tolivar, chief financial officer, said during Monday’s call.

GNC estimated earlier this year that it would close 700 to 900 stores by year-end, blaming a reduced number of shoppers at malls. So, the actual number of 2019 closures will be near the top of the projected range.

GNC’s revenue fell 13.5 percent to $534 million in the second quarter from $617.9 million in the same period last year. [Bisnow] – Mike Seemuth

PB Gardens condo community seeks yet another contractor to repair its buildings

A Fort Meyers-based contractor stopped repairing water-damaged buildings at the San Matera condo complex over a payment dispute

July 27, 2019 04:30PM

Workers remove scaffolding after San Matera condo repair work stopped in April. (Credit: Richard Graulich | Palm Beach Post)

Repairs to water-damaged buildings at a Palm Beach Gardens condo complex have stopped amid questions about who will finish the job.

A Fort-Meyer-based contractor walked off the job in dispute over payment, according to condo owners at the San Matera condominium community, and repairs to all 30 buildings there remain incomplete.

The saga of the San Matera began after construction of the 100-acre complex was finished in 2005.
After residents moved it, they found water intrusion in their condos, and engineers later would identify multiple sources that included leaky roofs, windows and walls.

Water intrusion damaged many of the 676 units. So, the homeowners’ association at San Matera sued insurers for the developer, Kolter Homes, and multiple subcontractors, then settled the case for $22.5 million in 2016.

But yellow caution tape still cordons off parts of the San Matera complex, where Fort Meyers-based contractor Florida Structural Group had spent 18 months repairing defective construction before walking off the job April 10.

According to the company that manages San Matera, the board of the homeowners’ association is negotiating with another contractor to finish the repair work, but no timetable has been set. [Palm Beach Post]Mike Seemuth

Will Smith is Now the Face of Moncler

Will Smith is Now the Face of Moncler

Luxury brand Moncler unveiled its latest campaign, Genius is Born Crazy, with Will Smith as its face.

The actor and producer, who appeared in Men in Black and I Am Legend, has never appeared…

Chica, de la chef Lorena García, se inaugurará en el antiguo spot de Soyka

Chica, de la chef Lorena García, se inaugurará en el antiguo spot de Soyka

La chef Lorena García se está apoderando del espacio Soyka, según publicó MiamiNewTimes

Por Redacción Miami Diario

García abrirá otra sede de su restaurante, Chica, en la esquina de Biscayne y NE Fourth Court, en Miami.

Su primer restaurante fue inaugurado en el Venetian Hotel en Las Vegas, en mayo de 2017.

En el Venetian, García comparte propiedades inmobiliarias valiosas con Thomas Keller, David Chang y Timon Balloo de Miami. 50 Eggs, la compañía que posee y opera. También tiene un puesto de avanzada en Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, en la fila de restaurantes del Venetian, que se ha ganado el apodo de «Little Miami» por albergar tres establecimientos centrados en Magic City.

En Chica, García hace gala de sus raíces venezolanas gracias a la preparación de platos preparados en una parrilla de leña, mientras que los comensales disfrutan de una banda sonora latina y una carta de vinos que se inclina hacia los varietales latinoamericanos. El espacio de 10,000 pies cuadrados será renovado a través de los colores y los textiles con un ambiente latinoamericano, que incluye azulejos hechos a mano, acentos brillantes y herrajes de estilo colonial.

García, quien vive en Miami y tiene una cocina de prueba en el vecindario de Edgewater, espera llevar a Chica al 305. «La ciudad realmente representa el crisol de la cultura y la cocina latina en Estados Unidos», afirma.

Ese crisol cultural se puede encontrar en la comida de García, que tiene marcadas influencias de Venezuela, Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, México, Perú y otros países. «Me apasiona compartir los productos frescos de temporada de diferentes regiones, los ingredientes vibrantes y las recetas auténticas de este estilo de comida elevada pero accesible de América Latina. Estoy encantada de compartirla con una comunidad donde creo que resonará con mucha fuerza. . ”

El menú será similar al del buque insignia de Chica, pero con algunas renovaciones para satisfacer el gusto y el estilo de Miami.

Uno de los platos característicos es el medio pollo asado del chef con una marinada de limón Meyer, servido con ensalada de patata púrpura peruana.

Otros platos que podrían aparecer en el menú de Miami incluyen el porchetta de cochinillo asado lento con plátanos especiados y cebollas en escabeche.

Con información de: MiamiNewTimes

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“Animal House”: Bank OZK execs accused of sexual misconduct, age discrimination

“Animal House”: Bank OZK execs accused of sexual misconduct, age discrimination

A female former executive at Bank OZK claims she was fired days after flagging sexual misconduct in its lending unit (Credit: iStock, Pixabay)

A female former executive at Bank OZK claims she was fired days after flagging sexual misconduct in its lending unit (Credit: iStock, Pixabay)

A former executive at Bank OZK’s real-estate lending division alleges that current and former executives within her group engaged in sexual misconduct and age discrimination.

In a lawsuit, Anna Carrillo, a former senior vice president within the Dallas-based Real Estate Specialties Group, claims that in October 2017, she was fired days after complaining that a junior paralegal in the department was underperforming. That paralegal, Carrillo alleges, was engaged in an inappropriate sexual relationship with another executive in the group, Wes Hardin. The suit details an “animal house” culture that enabled heavy drinking and inappropriate fraternizing within the bank’s commercial lending division, which has loaned billions of dollars to New York, Miami and Los Angeles developers over the past few years.

“It is a bank where male executives ran amok pressuring younger females to have sex with their supervisors in total disregard for the #metoo movement,” Carrillo’s suit claims.

The legal action, initially filed against Bank OZK in November 2018 in Dallas County Court, is now in the Northern District of Texas Supreme Court. When reached for comment, a Bank OZK spokesperson pointed to a court filing that denied all allegations in the lawsuit. In the filing, the bank states that Carrillo’s termination was “based on legitimate, non-discriminatory, and non-retaliatory business reasons.”

In one incident detailed in Carrillo’s suit, Hardin, then a managing director in the real-estate lending group, invited the paralegal to an event for bank executives, where they were allegedly seen to be behaving as a couple. The pair also allegedly spent “hours” in Hardin’s office with the door closed on multiple occasions during work hours, despite Hardin having no oversight of her duties. These events were the subject of a separate complaint filed to the bank’s human resources department by another employee, which has been viewed by The Real Deal.

The lawsuit also claims that Hardin, another executive, Brannon Hamblen, who is the current president of the group, and two other men in the unit engaged in inappropriate conduct with a female receptionist earlier in 2017. One episode allegedly involved an inappropriate image sent by Hamblen to the receptionist.

Carrillo, who is 54 and oversaw the closing of more than 250 transactions at the bank, said the company framed her termination as a “re-structuring,” but that many of her duties were later assigned to the paralegal, who is in her 20s. Shortly after, an internal investigation into conduct by Hardin and the paralegal, who TRD has chosen not to name, led to their termination.

“It took me over 30 years to get to that position,” Carrillo said in an interview. “And it was all taken away from me.”

According to an affidavit filed by Dan Thomas, who was then head of the division, he confronted the four men in a meeting about a rumor of inappropriate conduct with the receptionist, but all denied wrongdoing.

Hardin, Hamblen and the other two men are not named as defendants in the lawsuit. They did not respond to requests for comment. Court filings from June indicate the parties are working toward a settlement.

The lawsuit against Bank OZK comes at a time when the real-estate industry is facing a wider reckoning spurred by the #MeToo movement. Major companies in the space have been hit with claims of sexual harrassment and age and gender discrimination, including WeWork, Cushman & Wakefield and Newmark Knight Frank.

Rob “Gronk” Gronkowski buys condo in Miami Dolphins territory

Norwegian soccer player sold the double unit

Marquis Miami unit and Robert Gronkowski (Credit: Getty Images)

Marquis Miami unit and Robert Gronkowski (Credit: Getty Images)

Former New England Patriots tight end Rob “Gronk” Gronkowski is officially in Miami Dolphins territory.

Gronkowski closed on a condo at Marquis Miami, at 1100 Biscayne Boulevard, for $1.7 million, sources told The Real Deal. Property records show John Carew, a retired Norwegian soccer player who played for his country’s national team, sold the four-bedroom, 3,850-square-foot unit on the 39th floor of the building.

John Sandberg and Ann Nortmann of Douglas Elliman’s Sandberg Nortmann Group were the listing agents, and Sebastian Wagner of Elliman brought the buyer. Elliman declined to comment on the deal.

Carew took a loss on the sale: his JC 10 LLC paid $2.35 million for the condo in 2013.

The double unit hit the market for $1.85 million and sold in less than a month.

Less than a week after Gronkowski announced his retirement from the NFL in May, he sold his Boston apartment for $2.3 million, according to multiple reports. The 30-year-old is a three-time Super Bowl champ, and spent his entire professional career playing for the Patriots. He’s considered one of the best tight ends of all time.

Gronkowski isn’t the only athlete to call the Marquis home. Former Miami Heat point guard Mario Chalmers sold his Marquis condo – a unit he purchased from rapper and producer Drake – in 2018 for $2.3 million.

Ocean Drive Magazine Celebrates Swim Issue With Isabeli Fontana

Ocean Drive Magazine Celebrates Swim Issue With Isabeli Fontana

Miami Beach, FL – July 11, 2019 – Ocean Drive magazine celebrated the annual Swim Issue with cover star Isabeli Fontana at the Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel in Miami Beach. The Brazil…