How COVID-19 is changing the design of a Florida condo because of buyers’ desires

MIAMI — The pandemic has changed condo buyers’ wish lists. The Four Seasons took note.



a large room: The Miami-based developer Fort Partners is altering the design of its Four Seasons Private Residences Fort Lauderdale.


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The Miami-based developer Fort Partners is altering the design of its Four Seasons Private Residences Fort Lauderdale.

The Miami-based developer Fort Partners is altering the design of its Four Seasons Private Residences Fort Lauderdale, Louise Sunshine said, strategic adviser to Fort Partners. Several upgrades are in the works: high-efficiency particulate air, or HEPA, filters; UV lighting in elevators; a Tensui water filtration system; stronger WiFi connection in each unit; wardrobe-sized lockboxes for each unit’s deliveries; and Retina and face-recognition technology for access throughout the building and into each residence.



a view of a city: The Miami-based developer Fort Partners is altering the design of its Four Seasons Private Residences Fort Lauderdale.


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The Miami-based developer Fort Partners is altering the design of its Four Seasons Private Residences Fort Lauderdale.

The 22-story tower will deliver 148 hotel rooms and 83 condo units at 525 N.

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More People Are Migrating From New York to Florida

The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated a trend for people to move out of high-tax, expensive states such as New York, California and Massachusetts, into other states with more space and affordability, new data shows.


In the third quarter of 2020, nearly 47,000 more Redfin.com users looked to leave New York than to move in. The potential net outflow represented a 35% increase compared to the figure of the same period last year, at 35,000, according to a report released Wednesday by the real estate brokerage.

“New York’s loss is Florida’s gain,” Redfin economist Taylor Marr said in the report. “When the pandemic hit the U.S. in March, remote workers started leaving New York City and its ultra-expensive housing in search of wide-open spaces, sunshine and affordable homes—all of which you can find in Florida, with the bonus of no state income tax.”

The trend has intensified as people feel more

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Florida man charged with changing governor’s voting address

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis couldn’t initially cast his ballot this week because someone changed his address online, a snafu that resulted in a suspect’s arrest on felony charges and raised questions about the security of the state’s online registration system.



Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks before President Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Pensacola, Fla., Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)


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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks before President Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Pensacola, Fla., Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

DeSantis went to an early voting site in Tallahassee on Monday to cast his ballot, but was told his address had been changed from the governor’s mansion to 2185 Pretty Lane, a small apartment complex in West Palm Beach, 420 miles (675 kilometers) away.

He contacted the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which determined the record had been changed online from a house in Naples, Florida.

The FDLE says in court records filed in Collier County

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South Florida real estate calendar for the week of Sept. 28

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The International Council of Shopping Centers is hosting a virtual conference from Sept. 29 through Sept. 30. Above: Shoppers stroll along the Lincoln Road pedestrian mall in Miami Beach.

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Commercial real estate is at the center of many talks for this week.

Sept. 29

The New York City-based International Council of Shopping Centers is hosting the virtual conference “Now & Next: Retail in the age of Covid-19” through Sept. 30 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The agendas include the talks “The Future of Work,” “How data will reshape retail decision-making,” and “The year ahead for: Restaurants.” Speakers include Walmart International President & CEO Judith McKenna, Ulta Beauty CEO Mary Dillon, WeWork CEO & President Sandeep Mathrani, and Centennial Real Estate COO Whitney Livingston. Members pay $425, non-members pay $725, and students pay $50. RSVP here.

Sept. 30

The D.C.-based American

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Florida Developer Accused Of Driving Boat Into Swimmer

Law360 (October 27, 2020, 10:03 PM EDT) — A Florida real estate developer was speeding in his boat in a no-wake manatee zone and hit a swimmer in Biscayne Bay, lacerating her leg, according to a lawsuit filed in Florida state court.

Theresa Murray told a Miami-Dade County Circuit Court on Monday that Irwin Elliot Tauber caused “serious, debilitating injuries” by travelling too fast through areas frequented by manatees as well as swimmers, paddleboarders and others seeking recreation. Tauber allegedly ran over Murray in late April while she was swimming in the Biscayne Bay area, near Bay Harbor Islands.

Tauber “operated the vessel with reckless, careless, and willful disregard…

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Why Florida gas prices are plummeting… and where you can buy below $2 a gallon

Prices at Florida gas stations are falling, sinking to their lowest level in nearly a month as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to reduce demand, AAA said.



a close up of a car: Gas prices could fall below $2 this week.


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Gas prices could fall below $2 this week.

Florida’s average for a gallon of regular gasoline dipped to $2.07 on Monday, down from $2.12 a week ago and $2.10 a month ago. A year ago, the state average for regular stood at $2.40.

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Palm Beach County’s average is the state’s highest at $2.22, down from $2.24 a week ago, $2.23 a month ago, and $2.52 a year ago.

Despite that, on Monday more than a dozen Palm Beach County stations were already selling gas below $2 a gallon, based on motorist reports to GasBuddy.com.

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New lawsuit alleges Florida developer Tauber drove boat over swimmer

  • Irwin Elliot Tauber, a top Florida real estate developer and the CEO of Taubco, is being sued over an incident involving him driving his fishing boat over a woman in April, according to the woman’s complaint. 
  • Theresa Murray was swimming in a “manatee zone” when Tauber is accused of running his 41-foot-boat over her, causing multiple gashes on her left leg that “cut all the way to the bone,” the lawsuit says. 
  • “It seems to be a rash of billionaires who buy million-dollar boats with four outboard engines in this case totaling 1800 horsepower and taking them out and being extremely careless,” the swimmer’s lawyer told Business Insider.
  • “The defendants will respond to and defend against the claims in the legal proceeding,” Tauber’s attorney says. “We are unable to comment further on the pending litigation.”

Top Florida real-estate developer and CEO of Taubco, Irwin Elliot Tauber, has been accused of

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South Florida Retail Real Estate Market Weakens In 3Q

920-1934 Stirling Road in Broward and 510 Linton Boulevard in Delray Beach (Google Maps, iStock)

920-1934 Stirling Road in Broward and 510 Linton Boulevard in Delray Beach (Google Maps, iStock)

South Florida’s retail real estate market weakened in the third quarter, with negative absorption across the region and higher vacancies, according to a recently released report.

Broward County had its highest vacancy rate since the third quarter of 2017 and a record high negative absorption rate, according to a report by Colliers International.

Miami-Dade’s vacancy rate tied with the record in 2018’s fourth quarter, and asking rents fell slightly, according to the report.

It’s an industry that dealt with government-mandated closings early on in the pandemic.

Here are other insights from the retail report.

Miami-Dade

Miami-Dade County saw the lowest vacancy rate among the three counties, at 4.5 percent for the quarter. That compares to 4.3 percent in the second quarter and the third quarter of 2019.

Downtown Miami had the highest vacancy rate in

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Florida has 3 top destinations for movers during COVID

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The skyline of the Brickell financial center, where business-commercial towers and luxury condo towers come together over Biscayne Bay, on May 30, 2019.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has locked many Americans in place. But some are picking up stakes — choosing Florida over almost every other destination.

According to real estate firm FCP and geospatial analytics group Orbital Insight, Tampa is the No. 1 relocation destination for Americans who have moved during COVID.

South Florida — meaning the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach area — comes in at No. 4, with Orlando at No. 5.

In between are Phoenix (No. 2) and New York City (No. 3).

Using Orbital Insight’s data, FCP analyzed approximately 3.8 million cellphone numbers from major metropolitan areas. It compared the phones’ 2019 locations with their locations from March through June, as well as March through September, to understand migration both during lockdown and the pandemic

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Jules Trump talks South Florida luxury tower development in TRD’s Coffee Talks Jules Trump on Coffee Talks Video

In excess-loving South Florida, there’s always room for more — more mansions on the waterfront, more luxury penthouses, and more Trump.

TRD‘s latest episode of Coffee Talk includes just one Trump. Not Donald, not Eric or Don Jr., but one whose name South Florida industry experts know just as well — South African-born developer Jules Trump.

Though he bears no relation to the White House occupants, Trump is the leader of the similarly named Trump Group.

“At one point, when we were getting quite a lot of publicity because of some public companies we’d acquired, I think Donald got quite upset about it and instituted the lawsuits trying to prevent us from using the Trump name in business,” he explained. “There were five lawsuits. We won in the lawsuits and eventually we worked it out.”

In this interview, he spoke to The Real Deal publisher Amir Korangy about getting

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