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Friday, September 20, 2019

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

Florida TaxWatch recognizes money-savers at luncheon (Video)
By Ken Suarez, Fox 13

The watchdog group Florida TaxWatch recognized state employees who have come up with ideas to make government run more smoothly and potentially save taxpayer money. Tim Rhymes was one of the people who was recognized at the luncheon on Thursday at Lone Palm Golf and Country Club in Lakeland. Rhymes works for the Florida Department of Transportation installing signs.

Demolition begins on old Pensacola Bay Bridge (Video)
By Amy Russo, WEAR

Demolition is underway for the old Pensacola Bay Bridge. The contractor plans to employ two demolition operations. This will work in a "leapfrog" fashion across the bay continuing until mid-2020, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.

Community meeting held on King Street Master Plan Project
By Staff, WJXT

A community workshop was held Thursday night to discuss plans for downtown St. Augustine. The public meeting covered proposed changes to the intersection at the west end of the Bridge of Lions. Ahead of the meeting, the City of St. Augustine posted on Facebook a 3D rendering the "Complete King Street Master Plan Project," which spans from Cordova Street to Avenida Menendez.

Five Cities Named Winners In The “Made To Move” Grant Program
By Alan Kohll, Forbes

Five cities in the United States are going to make it a little easier for their residents to be healthy. On September 18, 2019, Degree Deodorant announced the five winners in the brand's first Made To Move grant program, a national competition that will dedicate $500,000 in funding for city projects that encourage healthy, active lifestyles. Brought together by Degree and Blue Zones, global experts in community health and well-being transformation, the program supports Degree's larger mission of bringing movement opportunities, events and resources to the masses. After reviewing applications submitted from 46 communities representing 28 states, the following cities were selected to receive funding and project support: Hartford, Connecticut; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Jersey City, New Jersey; Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Richardson, Texas.

Nonprofit Shop Provides Free Bikes to Community
By Gabrielle Hondorp, Bicycling.com

While it may sound like a dream to walk into a bike shop and walk out with a free bike, Unwholly Bikes is making that dream a reality for the community of Lakeland, Florida. Just be ready to work a little bit for your ride. The nonprofit bike shop, which held its grand opening on September 14, has already sold or donated 20 to 25 bikes in the three months since its soft opening. The shop was operating unofficially through word of mouth, but now that it is fully functioning owners Tyler Fox, William Shaffer, and Mac Masters are confident that they will be able to reach even further into the community.

Orlando International Airport Sees Hot Summer Travel Numbers
By Staff, Positively Osceola

Summer travel through the Orlando International Airport was “smokin’ hot” with nearly 4.5 million travelers in July. That is an increase over last summer’s record by more than 6.2 percent. A double-digit increase of nearly 13 percent in international traffic once again propelled the overall passenger numbers into uncharted territory for MCO.

Airport Blvd. renamed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. during ceremony in Melbourne
By Rick Neale, Florida Today

After an emotionally divisive 32-year political debate, green Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard road signs now mark one of the key routes around Orlando Melbourne International Airport. "It is my prayer that every time we ride down this Martin Luther King Boulevard, that we are reminded of the life and legacy of a man who brought hope — a man that brought healing — to America," Rev. Lorenzo Laws of Greater Allen Chapel AME Church said during Thursday's road-renaming ceremony, drawing cries of "Yes!"

Citrus High student's work takes off at airport
By Michael D. Bates, Citrus Chronicle

You might say that Citrus High School senior Ryan Chandler’s talent is taking off. Or at least reaching new heights. Chandler’s glass-drafting ability will soon be on display for millions who come and go daily at the Orlando Sanford International Airport. Chandler, 17, who works at Weber Glass Inc. in Lecanto, drafted about 78 windows being built at the airport. He also drafted the sunshades used to shade the glass for peak energy performance.

New Terminals Approved for Carnival and Virgin at PortMiami
By Staff, The Maritime Executive

Cruise terminal developments continue at PortMiami with Carnival Cruise Line and Virgin Voyages gaining approvals. Carnival Cruise Line received approval for the complete renovation and major expansion of Cruise Terminal F this week. The terminal expansion is expected to be complete for Carnival's 50th anniversary in 2022. The project will enable the yet-to-be-named LNG-fueled sister ship of Mardi Gras to be homeported in Miami when she is delivered in 2022. Mardi Gras, the first Carnival Excel class ship for the line, will be delivered in August 2020 and be homeported at Port Canaveral after inaugural sailings from Europe and New York.

Port Manatee, Kinder Morgan ink terminal lease extension
By Staff, American Journal of Transportation

Port Manatee and longtime stevedoring tenant Kinder Morgan Port Manatee Terminal LLC have extended their lease agreement through August 2023, with options to continue cargo operations at a 5-acre waterfront site for as many as 18 additional years. The agreement, approved today [Thursday, Sept. 19] by the Manatee County Port Authority, ensures property lease payments and wharfage fees during the initial three-year term and any extensions.