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Construction at Capitol continues underground

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Work on the grounds of the Florida Capitol and its underground parking garages continues after the Senate garage was closed last May. It was shut down when its primary support girder showed signs of stress after years of water intrusion.  “The next milestone for the Senate garage is structural repair as we work to restore that main girder,” said Maggie Mickler, spokeswoman for the Department of Management Services, the state’s real estate manager. The repair work, started last month, is…

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Florida Senate’s underground parking closed for 2 more years

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The Florida Senate’s underground parking garage won’t reopen for another two years, a state spokeswoman said Monday. It’ll be June 2018 before senators and staffers will again be able to park under the Capitol complex, according to Maggie Mickler, spokeswoman for the Department of Management Services (DMS), which oversees the Capitol. Meantime, DMS has been working with the Senate to assign them new long-term spots. For now, daily Senate employees park in the central underground Capitol garage and downtown surface lots D and E,…

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Florida Senate garage closed amid structural concerns

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The Florida Senate’s underground parking garage has been closed “in an abundance of caution” while work is underway to reinforce the structure, a state spokeswoman said Tuesday. The garage was closed Friday until further notice, said Maggie Mickler, spokeswoman for the Department of Management Services (DMS), which oversees the Capitol. She stressed that at no time was the garage in danger of collapse. It has been in continuous use since the building opened in 1978. “The original waterproofing system has reached the end of its…

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