Yes, it is allowed, we have a permit with NBV to do so, and we have an MOT plan on the record.
As stated above, we have an MOT plan filed with NBV Engineering Dept., and the NBV police are assisting us during the operations. All traffic and pedestrians are prevented from entering the lift zone, while the tower crane (“crane)” transports materials across West Dr. There are no parked cars within the zone—the parking areas are blocked to prevent the parking of cars within the lift zone. The entire crossing operation takes about 30-seconds, and we only do the operations in off-peak traffic times. The crane also unloads materials from trucks within the parking lot. When it [the crane] swings into and out of the parking lot, it does so without any materials on the hook. Accordingly, the crane can freely swing across the road, without the need to stop traffic or pedestrians, because it is not transporting materials across the road, only swinging with a “free hook”—there is no danger of materials falling.
There is no such thing as a South Florida Building Code anymore, there is only the unified Florida Building Code (“FBC”). Nothing in the FBC bars the current crane operations, only that such operations do not expose the public or workers to imminent danger and comply with OSHA regulations. Everything we are doing, does comply as required. There are many tower cranes currently in operation throughout the world, and for the most part tower cranes are used in congested city environments; not too many high-rise buildings are being constructed in the middle of empty farmland.
The storage and staging of all construction materials required for the construction project, the office trailers, and parking of project related vehicles and equipment.
When not in use, the crane is put into “windvane mode” it is not locked into any particular position; it must be able to spin freely with the prevailing wind to prevent damage.
The crane only lifts materials—which weigh thousands of pounds—over the project site or while transporting materials (“load”) across the road, and the public nor the workers are not under the load at any time. When the crane is over the park or the road without a load, it is perfectly safe.
The light in question was due to the reflection from the top of the construction trailer roof (which is white); we have removed the light.