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July 17, 2020

Peter Moore, P.E., F.ASCE, ENV SP, LEED AP

President, Chen Moore and Associates

Last week: Last week, the governor announced $8.6 million in funding to strengthen Florida’s electric vehicle infrastructure. With this funding, 74 additional DC fast chargers will be installed statewide. Combined with the chargers FDOT is installing along the Florida Turnpike, a total of 104 DC fast chargers will be installed along over 1,200 miles of highway, covering the most traveled corridors in the state. Each of the 34 locations will have at minimum two chargers each. This represents an approximately 50% statewide increase in publicly available DC charging stations. Let’s keep it going!

Looking ahead: Next week is the Florida Environmental Network (FENI) Environmental Permitting Summer School. This annual event is a heavy hitter in the development, environmental and engineering circles. One of the few events still intending to be held in person in our industry is always a great source of information on overall trends in the state. I hope all my friends in attendance learn a great deal and stay safe!

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July 10, 2020

Peter Moore, P.E., F.ASCE, ENV SP, LEED AP

President, Chen Moore and Associates

Last week: Last week the mayor of Seoul, South Korea went missing and was found dead and the Supreme Court ruled that half of Oklahoma was a Native American reservation – including the City of Tulsa. Those were two pretty important pieces of news that were drowned out by the coverage of COVID-19. Do I think being safe is important? Of course. But like the relentless drum during hurricane season, we only need to report the same news every so often. The hurricane is still coming and COVID-19 is still transmitting. We get it.

Looking ahead: In the coming weeks, I think the biggest news stories will be the continued shutting down of businesses that we came to think of as household names. Last week was Brooks Brothers and Chuck’s Steakhouse. While I neither wore Brooks Brothers or ate at a Chuck’s (ok, I did once), I knew them. In the first month of the crisis, there were businesses that failed, but sadly if they failed that fast, they weren’t run well. When you hear established names starting to fall, we need to be prepared for Amazon and Walmart to take over in their place.

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July 3, 2020

Peter Moore, P.E., F.ASCE, ENV SP, LEED AP

President, Chen Moore and Associates

Last week: With the budget (and the arguments over what was and wasn’t vetoed therein) being the headline grabber this past week, many of the accomplishments of the past legislative session came into being without any fanfare. I’m used to seeing discussion, victory laps and rebuttals each week as bills passed by the Legislature were packaged and processed through the Governor’s office, but thanks to COVID-19, bills about the environment and E-Verify largely went unnoticed. Getting signed into law is only the first step in a statute’s life. There needs to be continual debate and changes until it truly meets ours needs.

Looking ahead: In January, I flew 11 flight segments. With three trips planned to the D.C. area by early April, I thought that I’d finally be getting that long-coveted status on my airline. Instead, because of an “attend in person” meeting in the D.C. area next week and a company policy requiring seven days of isolation after a flight, I’ll be putting those miles on my truck. I was never a very frequent flyer, but at about 30 segments a year, I was a solid repeat customer. Airlines are critical. How will they survive this year?

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