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ANOTHER DISASTER : Large mangoes scarce as Peruvian deal nears

11/21/2013 04:25:00 PM
Andy Nelson

Courtesy Vision Produce Co. Ronnie Cohen (left), vice president of sales for Vision Import Group, River Edge, N.J., and Bill Vogel, president of Los Angeles-based Vision Produce Co., visited Peru recently to inspect mangoes.

Mango importers will have to hustle through the end of the year to find large-sized fruit.

Peruvian mango volumes will likely be lighter and get a later start than first anticipated, said Bill Vogel, president of Los Angeles-based Vision Produce Co.

“We had been under the impression that the fruit was to come a little earlier this year, with large volume and smaller size of fruit,”
Vogel said.

“But we learned that due to the unseasonable cool weather they’ve been having, fruit drop during bloom, and continued fruit drop during the maturation process on the tree, that view changes significantly.”

Now, Vogel said, Vision Produce expects a normal starting time with just average volume. What hasn’t changed, he said, is that size is still exp…

SOUTH FLORIDA : Developer plans 1,000-foot bayfront tower in downtown Miami


Rendering of the SkyRise tower. ARQUITECTONICA

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SkyRise Miami: If built, a proposed observation tower at Bayside Marketplace in downtown Miami would be taller than any current building in the city.


A prominent Miami developer is getting ready to unveil a proposal for a colossal bayfront observation tower and vertical — not to say vertigo-inducing — amusement center in downtown Miami that he believes will become the city’s analogue to the Eiffel Tower.

The SkyRise Miami tower would thrust up 1,000 feet on a spit of land behind Bayside Marketplace, making it — at least for a time — the tallest structure in the city.

Shaped like a hairpin, the sleek structure would be open on the sides to allow hurricane-force winds to flow through and would contain observation decks, an upscale restaurant and ballroom and a pair of attractions for high-altitude thrill-seekers: A bungee jum…

The 10 Most Expensive Streets In The World


NOV. 20, 2013, 3:51 PM

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Whether they boast a stellar view, excellent weather, or proximity to top shopping and dining, for years certain streets around the world have consistently attracted the globe's wealthiest people.

As part of their recent Billionaire Census, international wealth intelligence firm Wealth-X evaluated average property prices to find the most expensive streets in the world.

According to their census, the world's billionaires hold an average of $78 million worth of real estate. Keep reading to see the streets they choose to call home. 

#10 Avenue Montaigne, Paris

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This upscale street in the Champs-Elysees quarter is considered one of the world's top avenues for high fashion — Harry Winston, Christian Dior, and Salvatore Ferragamo all have locations here —but it's also one of the most exclusive residential neighborhoods on the globe.

Average price per square meter: $26,000

Who lives here: Marlene Diet…