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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Natalie McElwee, 850-414-4592
Natalie.McElwee@dot.state.fl.us

Lee County approves $108,000 for new traffic lights on Fort Myers Beach (Video)
By Joanna Bouras, WBBH

The Florida Department of Transportation plans on helping traffic on Fort Myers Beach by building three new traffic lights. Tuesday the Lee County Commissioners approved $108,000 for the design of a stoplight at Crescent Street and Estero Boulevard on the beach. The county said it will be funded using the gas tax. Randy Cerchie, the Director of FDOT said this one and two others will work together to reduce congestion and increase flow.

New overpass over I-75 in southern Hillsborough County could provide relief for Riverview traffic (Video)
By Jillian Ramos, WFTS

A new project in southern Hillsborough County that could relieve some congestion in the Big Bend Road area. A developer is working with county and state officials to extend Apollo Beach Boulevard and create an overpass on Interstate 75. …The road project will be paid for partially by an FDOT grant along with a developer and Hillsborough County.

New app gives visitors self-guided tours of Ybor (Video)
By Robert Boyd, WFTS

One of Tampa’s oldest districts is using our newest technology to promote tourism. There is a new app, called Geotourist, that allows visitors to go on self-guided walking tours of Ybor City.

National cycling races speed into Clay County June 25-28
By Dan Scanlan, Florida Times-Union

Hundreds of bicycle racers will pedal their way through Clay County in June as the USA Cycling Road Amateur Nationals comes to multiple sites, the Tourist Development Council announced Tuesday. Set for June 25 through 28, an estimated 800 competitors as young as 10 will be tackling courses at Keystone Airport, Fleming Island High School and the Camp Blanding area in the races.

Amateur cycling event coming to Clay County this summer
By Justin Barney, WJXT

Clay County will serve as host for the USA Cycling Road Amateur National Championships this summer. The event will bring in 800 cyclists in across several divisions from June 25-28. The event is also scheduled for 2021. The event is expected to make a $2.3 million economic impact in Clay County.

Miami International Airport to conduct emergency preparedness drill (Video)
By Staff, WSVN

First responders will be conducting an emergency exercise at Miami International Airport. Miami-Dade Aviation and Fire Rescue departments will conduct a full-scale preparedness drill just after 9 a.m., Wednesday. The exercise will test and evaluate the airport’s ability to respond to a major incident.

JaxPort promises jobs, economic boost from deeper channel (Video)
By Vic Micolucci, WJXT

It was a full house Tuesday to hear about the future of shipping in Jacksonville, as JaxPort leaders spoke about their progress to make the port an even bigger operation. More than 450 people gathered at the Hyatt Regency downtown for the State of the Port, hosted by the Propeller Club. The annual meeting of lawmakers, business leaders and trade executives centered around a dredging project. Last week, the federal government earmarked $93 million to finish the deepening job, which would pave the way for bigger cargo ships. “We are here to stay and that’s the message,” said Eric Green, JaxPort’s CEO. “We are growing, and we will continue to grow.”

Port Everglades construction new start a major milestone
By Staff, American Journal of Transportation

Federal, state and local elected officials joined local business leaders today to welcome the news that Broward County’s long-awaited Port Everglades Navigation Improvements Project to deepen and widen the Port’s navigational channels can now begin with $29.1 million in funding under the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers FY 2020 Work Plan. The funding will be used to build a new facility for the U.S. Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale so the Intracoastal Waterway can be widened by 250 feet at a chokepoint where large Neo-Panamax cargo ships currently have operating restrictions that affect their ability to transit past docked cruise ships. The Coast Guard Station reconfiguration is the first phase of the larger dredging project.

Space Adventures announces plans to fly private citizens on SpaceX crew capsule
By Stephen Clark, Spaceflight Now

Building on development for NASA’s commercial crew program, Space Adventures announced an agreement Tuesday with SpaceX to fly up to four paying space tourists on a standalone mission aboard a Crew Dragon spacecraft in late 2021 or 2022 that could reach an altitude two-to-three times higher than the International Space Station.

Country Music Cruise Lineup Announced for 2021
By Ben Souza, Cruise Fever

The lineup has been announced for the 2021 Country Music Cruise.  This seven night cruise to the Caribbean is already 70% sold out and will depart from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on January 24, 2021. The 8th Annual Country Music Party of Sea will feature neotraditional country artist Josh Turner as the headliner. The cruise will include special performances for passengers onboard in Key West, and Mark Chesnutt, Lee Greenwood, The Oak Ridge Boys, Sawyer Brown and many more fan favorites will entertain guests on the Eurodam, one of Holland America Line’s stunning cruise ships.