South Florida Construction Continues Despite Covid-19 Threat

With the Covid-19 threat negatively affecting so many aspects of everyday life, how about some good news? According to a story at The Real Deal, the building industry is not stopping in South Florida, at least for now.

The Real Deal reached out to Peter Dyga, president and CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors. Dyga stated that building departments in Broward, Palm Beach and throughout Florida are still open, and that with the exception of sick workers who have been sent home, no workforce reductions at construction sites in South Florida have occurred. “Why should we shut down sites that public health officials say don’t need to be shut down?” Dyga said. “If they say it needs to be done, the industry needs to comply. I don’t think we should overreact either.”

Patty Abril, a spokesperson for Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, said the county’s permitting and inspection center remains open, but officials are encouraging people to conduct business by phone or email. “Services continue as usual,” Abril said. “But it’s a fluid situation, and things are changing daily, if not by the minute.”

Social Distancing Being Implemented

General contractor and project management firm Plaza Construction has no plans to stop work on its projects in Miami-Dade County. They have enacted new guidelines for social distancing at all company offices and worksites, according to a company memo. Employees have been allowed to work remotely when possible, and project managers are establishing two-week rotations for crews at their worksites.

For the time being, concrete will continue to pour and building will progress according to Florida contractors, trade association reps and government officials.

To read the entire story at The Real Deal - South Florida Real Estate News website, click here. Image above courtesy of Pixabay.

March 1, 2020

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