BRADENTON, Fla. - Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez is objecting to the Florida Department of Transportation's decision to reject further negotiations with the concessionaire originally selected to build the $1.2 billion Port of Miami Tunnel project.

Transportation Secretary Stephanie Kopelousos on April 1 recommended against reopening negotiations with the top concessionaire - Miami Access Tunnel, or MAT - and rejected negotiating with the second-ranked consortium, saying that too much time had elapsed since the proposals were submitted in early 2007.

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