BRADENTON, Fla. - After a three-day political powwow at the state capital last week, Florida Transportation Secretary Stephanie Kopelousos agreed to resume negotiations with the concessionaire originally chosen to finance and build the $1.2 billion Port of Miami Tunnel Project.

Kopelousos reluctantly gave state and South Florida officials until June 1 to finalize terms of a contract with Miami Access Tunnel. She said financial closing documents must be signed by Oct. 1. However, Kopelousos also said that she still believes seeking new proposals would be the better course of action.

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