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Odebrecht polling on major project at Miami International Airport

@PatriciaMazzei

How big is Airport City, the massive new project proposed at Miami International Airport?

Big enough that Odebrecht USA, the engineering and construction contractor that dreamed up and plans to carry out the development, has been conducting a poll to gauge its popularity.

The company has been waiting for weeks for Miami-Dade commissioners to take up the project. Its approval had been slowed by a lawsuit, but a federal appeals court ruled last month in the company's favor.

The lawsuit was over a controversial Florida law -- ruled unconstitutional and barred from taking effect -- that prohibited local governments from hiring firms with business ties to Cuba. A subsidiary of Odebrecht's Brazilian parent company is performing a major expansion at the Cuban Port of Mariel.

The telephone poll asks respondents if they are familiar with the company, the project and the number of jobs Odebrecht estimates would be created by the new construction.

"We did the poll to see how aware the public is about the project," said Ric Katz, Odebrecht's corporate relations consultant who is conducting the poll.

"Airport City is an important project for this community, and Odebrecht feels that we may want to inform the public more about it."

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