10@10: 10 Transportation Clips at 10 a.m.
Thursday, January 16, 2020
Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Agreement for Acquisition of 20,000 Acres of Critical Everglades Wetlands
By Staff, Executive Office of the Governor
Governor Ron DeSantis announced the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has reached an agreement with Kanter Real Estate LLC., that will allow for the purchase of 20,000 acres of critical wetlands in Water Conservation Area 3 (WCA 3) within the Everglades Protection Area located in Broward County. This acquisition would represent the largest wetland acquisition in a decade.
Florida Department of Transportation announces a major construction project (Video)
By Charissa Stone, WCJB
The Florida Department of Transportation announced a major construction project Wednesday. In Levy County, the department plans to move the intersection of US 27 and County Road 339 Northwest of Bronson, as well as replace the bridge that goes over the Waccasassa River. The goal is to make the intersection safer. Work begins on January 25th. The nearly $4,000,000 project should be completed in the fall.
Cure on Wheels completes drive to capitol, raises $35,000 for cancer research (Video)
By Lanetra Bennett, WCTV
On Wednesday, about 40 bicyclists rolled out in the home stretch in their mission to fight back against cancer. The money raised by the group Cure on Wheels is helping to raise research at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.
Annual 5K race lets you run wide open runway at Tampa International Airport
By Staff, WFTS
Have you ever dreamed about running on an airport tarmac? Well, now is your chance to run a 5K on the wide open runway at Tampa International Airport. Registration for the 2020 TPA 5K on the Runway race has officially opened and is limited to the first 2,000 runners. Race day is on Saturday, April 18 at 8 a.m.
Passenger traffic takes off at Tallahassee International Airport (Video)
By TaMaryn Waters, Tallahassee Democrat
Tallahassee International Airport brought in 864,730 total travelers in 2019 – the highest passenger traffic report since 2007. The latest tally represents a 12.5% increase in year-over-year passenger traffic compared to December 2018. Aviation Director David Pollard attributes the increase to additional direct flights from Tallahassee to Washington, D.C., and Fort Worth, Texas, and fuller overall flights.
Huge new cruise terminal in Port Canaveral nearing completion (Video)
By Staff WESH
The biggest thing ever built at Port Canaveral is nearing completion, and it’ll be a major addition to the cruise industry. WESH 2’s Dan Billow takes a look at a new cruise terminal that’ll host even bigger cruise ships.
PortMiami records best performance in its history
By John Stansfield, Vessel Finder
PortMiami set a new record-breaking year in collaboration with its partners. During the 12-month period ending September 30, 2019, the Port experienced a 3.4 % gain in cargo with a total of 1,120,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) and a 22% increase in cruise passenger totals, surpassing its previous world record with an all-time high total of 6,824,000 passengers.
53rd annual Naples Boat Show staged on land and water
By Staff, Florida Weekly
The 53rd annual Naples Boat Show, owned by The Marine Industries Association of Collier County, will be held Thursday through Sunday, Jan. 16-19, at the Naples municipal airport and the Naples City Dock. Same great show, back in two great locations. The Naples Airport will be overflowing with the newest boat lines and maritime products and services for all — then jump on the free shuttle and cruise down to the Naples City Dock to catch all the mega-yachts in-water. Parking is easy and free.
Boeing Starliner returns to Kennedy Space Center (Video)
By Dan Billow, WESH
Boeing’s Starliner spaceship, back at the Kennedy Space Center after a troubled first flight, is getting a workover meant to put it back in space as soon as possible. The Starliner, though battle scarred, may fly again this year. The spaceship is charred from its return to Earth in December.
Project Skylab takes off at Aerospace Center in Lakeland
By Sara-Megan Walsh, Lakeland Ledger
The hum of small aircraft flying across sunny skies seemed a positive omen for Lakeland’s Aerospace Center for Excellence as it broke ground on its $4.6 million expansion. Polk County and Lakeland officials gathered Wednesday morning on the Sun ’n Fun campus at Lakeland Linder International Airport to celebrate the start of construction on ACE’s 8,000-square-foot expansion called “Project SkyLab.”