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Friday, November 15, 2019

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


AAA: More Than 55 Million Americans to Travel This Thanksgiving, Orlando is No. 1 Destination
By Staff, Space Coast Daily

More than 55 million Americans plan to travel 50 miles or more this Thanksgiving. Nearly 2.9 million of those are Floridians. This will be the second-highest Thanksgiving travel volume since AAA began tracking in 2000; second only to 2005.

Flashing yellow arrow signals coming to Palm Beach County
By Samantha Kerrigan, WPEC

New traffic signals are going up along Congress Avenue in Boynton Beach. The Flashing Yellow Arrow is a new traffic signal that means you can turn left if there is a safe gap in traffic. Palm Beach County will be activating the new left turn signal at eight intersections along Congress Avenue between Golf Road and Gateway Boulevard.

FDOT warns commercial truck drivers to be aware of their load's height
By Staff, WBBH

The Florida Department of Transportation wants commercial vehicle truck drivers to be more cognizant of the height of their loads in light of a disastrous overpass strike this week. In the same day, two drivers who were hauling loads more than 13.5 feet ran into overpass bridges across Interstate 75.

SMART Ride will affect US 1 traffic
By Staff, Key West Citizen

Motorists should be mindful of traffic and bicyclists this week as the 165-mile SMART Ride through the Keys starts Friday, Nov. 15. The SMART Ride (Southernmost AIDS/HIV Ride) is a bicycle ride from Miami to Key West set for this weekend. Hundreds of bicyclists are expected to take part in this event. The riders will not be riding in a pack, but will be spread out the length of the route. … Though traffic is not expected to be impeded on U.S. 1 for this event, motorists should expect slower traffic and plan accordingly. For information, visit http://www.thesmartride.org.

Traffic boxes to display art by local artists
By Jacqueline Bostick, Panama City News Herald

Slow down when commuting across intersections in Panama City or you might miss the pair of swimming dolphins, a gang of dancing oranges, a still menagerie of wildlife, or even the woman who appears to be invigorated by the fully bloomed stargazer lilies seemingly pinned to her hair. City of Panama City’s Quality of Life has selected 10 designs to be wrapped on 10 traffic boxes at stoplights throughout the city. By mid-January, designed boxes may be seen on Harrison Avenue, Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., U.S. 98 Business and 11th Street. The artwork comes from local artists and represents the city’s dynamic and developing art culture.

Tampa International ranked best midsize airport in America
By Brandon Meyer, Tampa Bay Times

Locals have long professed their love for Tampa International Airport, but one ranking has officially moved TPA up to first class. The Wall Street Journal called Tampa International the best among midsize airports in its annual survey ranking the best large and midsize airports in the country. The results were released Wednesday. Tampa took first place in the midsize category and had the fifth-highest score among all ranked airports – both midsize and large. The airport didn’t score first in any of the multitude of categories, but consistently high marks put the airport above the rest.

St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport making progress on projects
By Suzette Porter, The Suncoast News

The fall edition of Fly2Pie News includes project updates, as well as information holiday travelers should know if they’re planning to go to St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport. A number of projects have been ongoing at the airport, call letters PIE, including a new in-line checked baggage inspection system that is now ready to go. The $12.5 million project allows Transportation Security Administration officers to screen and inspect baggage at a faster rate. It includes two Explosive Detection Systems and a system of conveyors that allows for screening of more than 1,300 bags an hour. “This will be a very welcome addition as we enter the busy holiday season and allow for faster processing of checked bags,” said Airport Director Tom Jewsbury.

TSA offering tips and tools ahead of busy holiday travel season
By Staff, WCIV

Looking ahead to the mad dash of holiday travel, officials said that 2019 will be a record-breaker. Close to 27 million flyers are expected to pass through TSA checkpoints. The number would be a 4% increase from 2019, marking a new record. TSA has tips to make things run smoothly for new and inexperienced travelers.

Keeping Port Canaveral easy in, easy out
By Jon Ingleton, Cruise and Ferry

Located on the east coast of Florida in the US, Port Canaveral is a popular cruise port for Caribbean itineraries and for guests visiting the state’s famous attractions. “As a family market we have a tremendous number of drive-in guests from the Southeast US,” explains Captain John Murray, CEO of the Canaveral Port Authority. “People marry their cruise vacation with a trip to Walt Disney World Resort or Universal Studios in Orlando. While folks are there, they often take a cruise out of Port Canaveral.”

Panama City Port Authority looking to open East Terminal soon
By Jarell Baker, WJHG

The Panama City Port Authority is almost ready to open up its new East Terminal. During their board meeting Thursday, Executive Director Wayne Stubbs said the warehouse is complete, and they plan on storing cargo at the East Terminal by December.