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NEW YORK — SpaceX is back in action and has successfully completed a historic launch from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It was the first SpaceX launch from Florida since a Falcon 9 exploded on a launch pad on September 1, 2016.

The launch was delayed over concerns about the rocket, but on Sunday morning, SpaceX hoisted a spacecraft, named the Dragon, toward the International Space Station.

About eight minutes later, the reusable first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket returned to Earth without issue, touching down perfectly in the center of the LZ-1 landing pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

SpaceX has done this before. It’s trying to perfect the technique so it can reuse its rockets and cut the cost of missions.

The September explosion at Cape Canaveral didn’t injure anyone, but it destroyed a satellite that Facebook planned to use to bring internet service to Africa, the Middle East and Europe. (SpaceX launched a rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on January 14.)

The Dragon is packed with more than 5,000 pounds of cargo and experiments. NASA says it will take two days for the Dragon to catch up to the space station. Astronauts on board will capture it with the station’s 57-foot-long robotic arm.

The International Space Station has six astronauts on board — two from the US, three from Russia and one from France. The first of those crew members arrived in October. They’re conducting biotechnology research for a mission that ends in April.

After the crew unloads the Dragon, the vessel will be packed with trash and other items and return to Earth. It is set to splash down in the Pacific Ocean off Baja, California, on March 21.

The space station has been orbiting Earth for 16 years. It’s a joint program between the US, Russia, Japan, Canada and the European Space Agency.

Article by CNN, Video by Elon Musk SpaceX

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off on a supply mission to the International Space Station from historic launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., February 19, 2017. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

A SpaceX Falcon rocket blasted off on Sunday from a Florida launch pad once used to send NASA astronauts to the moon, a step forward for billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk and his company’s goal of ferrying astronauts to the International Space Station.

The 229-foot tall (70-meter) Falcon 9 soared off a seaside launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center at 9:39 a.m. EST (1439 GMT) carrying a Dragon cargo ship that holds supplies and science experiments for the station.

Nine minutes after blastoff, the main section of the rocket flew back to a landing pad at nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the eighth successful touchdown for Space Exploration Technologies Corp.

“Baby came back,” Musk wrote on Twitter, celebrating the landing. SpaceX had decided to delay the mission on Saturday, 13 seconds before launch due to concerns about the steering system in the rocket’s upper stage.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration closely monitored Sunday’s launch to learn more about the company’s operations before it clears SpaceX to fly U.S. astronauts.

The liftoff marked a successful debut for SpaceX at Kennedy’s Launch Complex 39A, originally built for the 1960s-era Apollo moon program and later repurposed for the space shuttles. SpaceX plans to use the pad for commercial missions, as well as future manned flights.

The pad was last used for the final space shuttle launch in 2011. In 2014, SpaceX signed a 20-year lease and has spent millions on remodeling.

“It was really awesome to see 39A roar back to life,” SpaceX Dragon program manager Jessica Jensen told reporters after the launch. “This is a huge deal for us.”

It was also SpaceX’s first launch from Florida since an accident in September caused heavy damage to what had been the company’s prime site at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, located just south of the NASA spaceport.

NASA hired SpaceX to fly cargo to the station after the shuttle program ended. SpaceX and Boeing Co (BA.N) are scheduled to begin flying crews to the station by the end of 2018, but a U.S. government report last week said technical hurdles likely will delay both companies.

Last month, SpaceX resumed flying its Falcon 9 rockets using a second launch pad in California, where the first stage of the rocket also succeeded in relanding.

The company plans to reuse the rockets to slash costs and reduce pricing.

SpaceX aims to have the Florida launch pad damaged in last year’s explosion up and running by this summer.

(Editing by Letitia Stein, Jeffrey Benkoe and Alan Crosby)

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45-MINUTES FROM ORLANDO

 BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Visit Florida’s Space Coast where your next adventure awaits.

With over 72 miles of beach along Florida’s Atlantic coast, it’s easy to find your space in the sand, claim it as your own and soak up the sun.

So if you’re planning a romantic weekend getaway for two, a fun-filled vacation for the family, or just a weekend gathering with good friends, we invite you to stay, plant your beach chair in the sand and breathe in the ocean air.

Located in east Central Florida 45-minutes from Orlando and the Orlando Airport, we are Orlando’s closest beach.

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Bizjet Finance Veteran To Head Embraer Executive Jets

In an unexpected move announced this afternoon, Embraer tapped business aviation finance veteran Michael Amalfitano as the president and CEO of its Melbourne, Florida-based Executive Jets business unit, effective March 1. He will succeed Marco Tulio Pellegrini, “who will assume another leadership position [at Embraer] to be announced soon.”

Amalfitano joins Embraer with 35 years of experience in business aircraft finance, having held several leadership positions at equipment leasing companies such as Stonebriar Commercial Finance, Banc of America Leasing, Fleet Capital and GE Capital. “His remarkable experience and industry reputation adds considerable strength, network and market presence to the company,” Embraer said.

I’m honored to assume the executive position Marco has held and privileged to lead an amazing team of dedicated employees and leverage our highly valued portfolio of aircraft,” Amalfitano said.

Press Release Below

Embraer appoints a new CEO for Executive Jets business unit Melbourne, FL – February 16, 2017 – Embraer announced today the appointment of Michael Amalfitano as the President and CEO of its Executive Jets business unit. Amalfitano will succeed Marco Tulio Pellegrini, who will assume another leadership position to be announced soon. The change will become effective as of march 1st 2017.’We are thrilled that Michael has decided to join Embraer to lead our Executive Jets business. We are confident that as a very seasoned and successful executive he is qualified to take advantage of our position as a leading player in this highly competitive industry’, said Paulo Cesar Silva, Embraer CEO.

Amalfitano joins the company bringing 35 years of experience in corporate aircraft finance, having held several global leadership positions with equipment leasing companies such as Stonebriar Commercial Finance, Banc of America Leasing, Fleet Capital, and GE Capital. His remarkable experience and industry reputation adds considerable strength, network and market presence to the company.’I´m honored to assume the executive position Marco has held and privileged to lead an amazing team of dedicated employees and leverage our highly valued portfolio of aircraft to the benefit of our customers and shareholders globally’, said the new Embraer Executive Jets CEO.
About Embraer Embraer is a global company headquartered in Brazil with businesses in commercial and executive aviation, defense & security. The company designs, develops, manufactures and markets aircraft and systems, providing customer support and services.Since it was founded in 1969, Embraer has delivered more than 8,000 aircraft. About every 10 seconds an aircraft manufactured by Embraer takes off somewhere in the world, transporting over 145 million passengers a year.Embraer is the leading manufacturer of commercial jets up to 130 seats. The company maintains industrial units, offices, service and parts distribution centers, among other activities, across the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe.
US Navy Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet Flight Demonstration Team. The 2008 Space & Air Show at Kennedy Space Center, on Saturday, November 8, 2008.

US Navy Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet Flight Demonstration Team. The 2008 Space & Air Show at Kennedy Space Center, on Saturday, November 8, 2008.

 

When it comes to air shows in Florida, the big-name Blue Angels and Thunderbirds are the top draws. In 2017, the spring is front-loaded with shows featuring the top-notch aerobatic teams from the Navy and Air Force.

In fact, the Air Force Thunderbirds will be making all of their Florida stops in the spring, starting with their traditional flyover Feb. 26 for the Daytona 500. The real shows for them, though, begin with the TICO Warbird Air Show in Titusville on March 11-12.

The TICO Warbird AirShow (www.valiantaircommand.com) is celebrating its 40th year, and will in addition to the Air Force headliners on Saturday and Sunday, have a Friday night show that features a sunset aerobatic team performance and concludes with fireworks. The show at Space Coast Regional Airport is hosted by the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum featuring civilian and military demonstration flights, more than 40 aircraft on display and even rides available on some of the aircraft including the “Tico Belle” C-47. Also on hand will be World War II re-enactors, historic military vehicles and tanks, a collectible car show as well as entertainment and food vendors.

Advance tickets for the Titusville show cost $20 for 13 and older, $5 for children 6-12 and free for 5 and under. Parking is free.

Up next for the Thunderbirds will be the Melbourne Air & Space Show on April 1-2 and a final stop in Florida up in the Panhandle for the Gulf Coast Salute at Tyndall Air Force Base on April 22-23.

The Melbourne show (www.airandspaceshow.com), which is once again being held at Melbourne International Airport, has landed both the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds in the past, but also tries to bring secondary headliners. This year, the Thunderbirds will be joined by the French Air Force’s Patrouille de France jet demonstration team, which has not performed in the U.S. in more than 30 years.

Advance tickets for the Melbourne show, which is sponsored by Northrop Grumman, cost $18 for 13 and older, $10 for children 6-12 and free for 5 and under. Parking is also additional: $15 if you purchase online or $20 the day of the show.

“We’re thrilled Patrouille de France will be with us,” said Bryan Lilley, President of the Melbourne Air & Space Show. “The team is based at Salon Air Force Base in France and will spend the month of April in the U.S. performing at only two air shows. So, this will definitely be something people will not want to miss.”

That other show happens to also be in the Sunshine State when the Thunderbirds’ naval counterparts, the Blue Angels, make their Florida debut at the Sun’n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport on April 8-9.

The Sun’n Fun Fly-In (www.flysnf.org/sun-n-fun-intl-fly-in-expo) is actually a week-long event that draws thousands of airplanes to Lakeland each year in addition to crowds for the weekend air show. It’s also among the most expensive with daily admission of $37 for adults and $15 for those ages 11-17 while 10 and under are free. It’s a massive air show though, with more than 200,000 people expected to attend. It features daily air shows Tuesday-Friday and the headlining air shows Saturday and Sunday including a night show on Saturday with fireworks. This is the 43rd year of Sun’n Fun, and the week will include the arrival of an honor flight carrying World War II and Korean War veterans from Washington D.C., a vintage jet display, B-1 bomber, twilight midweek airshow as well as a weekend classic car show and hundreds of vendors and displays. It’s the only spring stop for the Blue Angels.

That team, which has their home base in Pensacola, will make three more stops, though, in the state stretching into November.

Those stops include three traditional appearances: the mid-summer Pensacola Beach Air Show on July 8, the NAS Jax Air Show on Nov. 4-5 and the Homecoming Air Show at NAS Pensacola on Nov. 11-12.

Air shows held at military bases are free.

Several other big shows are planned for the year, even if the two big-name teams aren’t on their dockets. In spring, Tavares will celebrate their moniker “America’s Seaplane City” with Seaplane-A-Palooza on April 1-2. In May, South Florida has two big shows planned with the Lauderdale Air Show featuring the Canadian Snowbirds performance squad on May 6-7 and the inaugural Miami Beach Air & Sea Show on May 27-28 of Memorial Day Weekend.

In the fall, Charlotte County still plans to hold the three-day Florida International Air Show from Oct. 13-15 and the Treasure Coast will host the Stuart Air Show on Nov. 3-5.

Big shows held in Tampa, Homestead, Key West, Lake City and Vero Beach are not on the schedule for 2017, and there’s no sign any air show will return to Daytona Beach anytime soon after last year’s planned show was canceled.

Here’s what’s on tap for the entire year:

February 26: Daytona 500 featuring a Thunderbirds flyover, Daytona Beach

March 11-12: TICO Warbird Air Show featuring the Thunderbirds, Titusvillee: valiantaircommand.com/airshow

March 31-April 1: Marvel of Flight Fly-in & Expo. Defuniak Springs: marvelofflight.com

April 1-2: Melbourne Air & Space Show featuring the Thunderbirds, Melbourne. airandspaceshow.com

April 1-2: Seaplane-A-Palooza, Tavares: tavares.org/1062/Seaplane-A-Palooza-Fly-In

April 4-9: Sun’n Fun Fly-In featuring the Blue Angels, Lakeland: flysnf.org/sun-n-fun-intl-fly-in-expo

April 22-23: Gulf Coast Salute featuring the Thunderbirds, Tyndall AFB: gulfcoastsalute.com

May 6-9: Lauderdale Air Show featuring the Canadian Snowbirds, Fort Lauderdale: fortlauderdaleairshow.com

May 27-28: Miami Beach Air & Sea Show, South Beach: www.usasalute.com/event

July 8: Pensacola Beach Air Show featuring the Blue Angels, Pensacola Beach. visitpensacolabeach.com/events/pensacola-beach-air-show.php

Oct. 13-15: Florida International Air Show, Punta Gorda. floridaairshow.com

Nov. 3-5: Stuart Air Show, Stuart: stuartairshow.com

Nov. 4-5: NAS JAX Air Show — Birthplace of the Blue Angels, Jacksonville: nasjaxairshow.com

Nov. 11-12: NAS Pensacola Open House – Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show, Pensacola: naspensacolaairshow.com

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Melbourne-based Harris Corporation's technology center in Palm Bay. (Paul Brinkmann / Orlando Sentinel)

Melbourne-based Harris Corporation’s technology center in Palm Bay. (Paul Brinkmann / Orlando Sentinel)

Harris Corp. was awarded a five-year, $403 million, single-award contract by the Defense Logistics Agency for tactical radio spares and components.

The contract is a continuation and expansion of previous contracts with the DLA and allows the U.S. Army to secure needed spare and replacement parts to support Harris’ Falcon II and Falcon III radios.

Melbourne-based Harris Corp. (NYSE: HRS) supports government and commercial customers in more than 100 countries and has $6 billion in annual revenue.

This latest contract comes after Harris Corp. won a $16.1 million contract with the U.S. Air Force on Jan. 31 to support depot and sustainment engineering, repairable and disposable item management, stock, storage and issuance of spares, and hardware and software maintenance. All of that contract work will be performed in Palm Bay and has a Jan. 31, 2018, completion date. The company currently has 229 jobs open for positions such as information security systems engineer, network control specialist, software engineer and network planning engineer.

Military contracts contribute to the local economy in the form of jobs and subcontractor opportunities, and Central Florida is a major player when it comes to defense work. The region snags about $4 billion in government contracts each year because the nation’s Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines’ simulation operations are based in Central Florida Research Park.

Article by Orlando Business Journal, Complete Article [ HERE ]

President Donald Trump talks with Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, center, and White House chief strategist Steve Bannon during a meeting with business leaders in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. (Photo: Evan Vucci, AP)

President Donald Trump talks with Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, center, and White House chief strategist Steve Bannon during a meeting with business leaders in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. (Photo: Evan Vucci, AP)

Will you be mine, Falcon 9?

If very tentative schedules hold, SpaceX could sweeten NASA’s Valentine’s Day with a launch of International Space Station cargo from Kennedy Space Center.

Preparations for the launch, SpaceX’s first from historic pad 39A at KSC, could include fueling a Falcon 9 rocket on the pad for a test-firing of its main engines as soon as the middle of this week.

The “static fire” test will be even more important than usual to confirm that not only the rocket but newly installed ground systems at pad 39A are ready to go.

As of Friday, dates for the test and launch remained uncertain and not formally approved by the Air Force’s Eastern Range. The mission can’t proceed until the Federal Aviation Administration issues SpaceX a new license to launch from the pad.

A launch on Feb. 14 would be planned around 11:30 a.m. SpaceX has said only that is targeting mid-February.

The mission will be SpaceX’s 10th under a NASA Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract worth roughly $3 billion. SpaceX has not launched from Florida since last August, before a Sept. 1 rocket explosion that severely damaged its pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Launch Complex 40.

Musk meets with Trump

 SpaceX CEO Elon Musk on Friday met with President Donald Trump at the White House as a member of a business advisory council.

In a Twitter message before the meeting, Musk said he would express objections to Trump’s controversial recent executive order on immigration and suggest policy changes.

“Advisory councils simply provide advice and attending does not mean that I agree with actions by the Administration,” wrote Musk, who also leads electric car-maker Tesla. “My goals are to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy and to help make humanity a multi-planet civilization, a consequence of which will be the creation of hundreds of thousands of jobs and a more inspiring future for all.”

Musk said he understood objections to his attendance, but “I believe at this time that engaging on critical issues will on balance serve the greater good.”

Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman chairs the Strategic & Policy Forum, whose other members include top executives from major companies including Boeing, Disney, General Motors and Walmart. The CEO of Uber recently resigned.

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ABOVE VIDEO: Carnival Breeze is a Dream-class cruise ship of Carnival Cruise Line which entered service on June 3, 2012. From June to November 2012 she sailed out of Barcelona and Venice on Mediterranean cruises, and afterwards from Miami to the Caribbean and Bahamas. In May 2016, she moved to Galveston replacing Carnival Magic and will arrive in Port Canaveral in September 2018.

CARNIVAL BREEZE WILL CARRY 650,000 GUESTS ANNUALLY

BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA — The Canaveral Port Authority will say goodbye to the Carnival Magic and hello to the Carnival Breeze in September 2018 as Carnival Cruise Line repositions the newer 3,690-passenger ship to Port Canaveral.

The 130,000-ton ship joins Carnival Sunshine andCarnival Liberty and annually will  carry 650,000 guests from its new homeport.

“We’re delighted to continue our expansion at Port Canaveral with the spectacular Carnival Breeze, which is a wonderful addition to the Space Coast and offers our guests a truly unique seagoing vacation experience,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.

“We continue to invest in Port Canaveral by deploying our newest and largest ship, which speaks volumes to the incredible growth that region represents and the popularity of Carnival Cruise Line from the Space Coast.”

After a few longer voyages from Port Canaveral, Carnival Breeze will offer year-round alternating seven-day eastern and western Caribbean itineraries beginning October 16, 2018.

The Saturday departures to the eastern Caribbean will call at Amber Cove; St. Thomas; San Juan; and Grand Turk.

Carnival Breeze western Caribbean voyages will feature Cozumel, Belize, Mahogany Bay and Costa Maya, and are part of Carnival’s exclusive Cozumel Plus itineraries offering extended stays in Cozumel and a variety of unique and interesting shore excursions both on the island and on the Mexican mainland.

Carnival Breeze western Caribbean voyages will feature Cozumel, Belize, Mahogany Bay and Costa Maya, and are part of Carnival’s exclusive Cozumel Plus itineraries offering extended stays in Cozumel and a variety of unique and interesting shore excursions both on the island and on the Mexican mainland.

Western Caribbean voyages will feature Cozumel, Belize, Mahogany Bay and Costa Maya, and are part of Carnival’s exclusive Cozumel Plus itineraries offering extended stays in Cozumel and a variety of unique and interesting shore excursions both on the island and on the Mexican mainland.

With Carnival Breeze joining Carnival Sunshine and Carnival Liberty homeporting at Port Canaveral year-round, Carnival Cruise Lines continues to expand its stellar record of offering great itineraries and vacations from central Florida,” said Port Canaveral CEO John Murray.

“When their cruise guests arrive, they will find we have new and updated facilities from which to begin and end their vacations from Port Canaveral.”

Carnival Breeze features the Thrill Theater, an immersive multi-dimensional special effects experience that makes viewers feel as if they are part of the movie.

It also features a massive aqua park, and expansive recreation area with a suspended ropes course, mini golf, and outdoor fitness area.

Article by SpaceCoastDaily, Complete Article [ HERE ]

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA BEACH FLORIDA – Guests at the Cocoa Beach Seafood & Music Festival, set for February 24-26 at Alan Shepard Park, will not only enjoy the amazing seafood but will also partake of the free high-speed HOT SPOT Wi-Fi courtesy of Space Coast Daily and the latest mobile hot-spot technology with100 megabits of upload capability.

As the seafood festival guests enter the beautiful oceanfront Alan Shepard Park in Cocoa Beach to enjoy all the bodacious 3-day festival of seafood, music, arts, crafts and free shows has to offer, they will be able to login to the free wifi supplied by the latest in mobile Hot Spot pod, courtesy of Space Coast Daily.

Guests at the seafood festival will be able to stay connected with friends and family through social media, stream live video and check-in on Space Coast Daily – Brevard’s No. 1 locally owned and operated news and information source.

The patent pending technology by Hot Spot Wi-Fi PODs were created by broadband professionals to meet the growing mobile connectivity needs of events around the country.

They help maximize the event experience for hosts by keeping attendees connected and phones charged within the event, vendors POS systems online and for the first time, establish an incredible “on the phone” platform for event advertisers and sponsors.

The Wi-Fi hardware used in the POD capsules is the highest quality in the market. High Speed – High Capacity is just the start. The carrier class Wi-Fi network will have the highest level of QOS and will managed by senior level engineers to ensure maximum utilization.

No longer will guests have to purchase data minutes for connectivity at the event.

System Features Include:

Free Wi-Fi for guests, Charging Stations, which is a very popular amenity to help keep guests devices charged, so they can stay longer at the festivalProfessional engineering and event site maximization is included in every POD deployment. From uplink, serving and switching to coverage designs, Hot Spot PODs is designed to be a turnkey solution providing a superior Wi-Fi experience to all event guests, vendors and sponsors.

Parking at the Cocoa Beach Seafood & Music Festival at Alan Shepard Park in Cocoa Beach will be easy, as plenty of parking areas have been organized – along with free Park & Ride shuttle service. 

For additional directions and maps see link [ HERE ] Article by SpaceCoastDaily

Governor Rick Scott is pushing a budget that calls for the Florida Department of Transportation to receive $10.8 billion to make strategic transportation investments statewide and keep Florida’s world-class transportation and infrastructure system as the nation’s best. The funds are part of the recommended FY 2017-2018 “Fighting for Florida’s Future” budget.

“As the third largest state in the nation with the fourth fastest growing population, we must make sure our state is prepared to safely welcome new families, visitors and job creators,” said Gov. Scott. “We have made significant investments in transportation for four years in a row because we know the incredible impact it has on job creation and helping Florida become a leading hub for global trade. The ‘Fighting for Florida’s Future’ budget continues this record funding by including more than $10 billion to ensure our transportation and infrastructure system remains a national leader for decades to come.”

The Governor’s transportation budget calls for $4.1 billion for construction of highway projects, $618 million for public transit development grants and $82.7 million for bike and pedestrian trails. The budget also calls for $300.8 million for scheduled repair of 61 bridges and replacement of 16 bridges. Gov. Scott also wants $257.8 million for aviation improvements and $178.2 million in seaport infrastructure improvements. The proposed budget also invests $978.2 million for maintenance and operation, as well as $175.6 million for safety initiatives.

“Governor Scott’s transportation budget provides the record funding necessary to maintain and repair existing infrastructure and prepare for future growth,” said Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Jim Boxold. “Florida’s roads, seaports, airports, railways and trails will continue to meet the growing needs of Florida’s families.”

“Florida’s transportation system continues to be the best built and maintained in the country because Governor Scott knows that our residents, visitors and businesses rely on it every day,” added Floridians for Better Transportation President Sally Patrenos.

“Thanks to the strategic investments Governor Scott has made in Florida’s airport system, we continue to be prepared to handle record volumes in traffic and operations while at the same time making critical improvements to keep our workers and passengers safe,” said Florida Airports Council President and CEO Lisa Lyle Waters.

“Florida residents and visitors who rely on local transit systems will benefit from the Governor’s transportation budget,” said Florida Public Transportation Association Executive Director Lisa M. Bacot. “He recognizes the importance public transportation plays in the lives of those who need it most.”

The “Fighting for Florida’s Future” budget makes the following transportation investments:

Northeast Florida

  • $103.9M to acquire right of way for the First Coast Expressway in Clay County. This funding enables the department to complete land acquisition in this county, thereby ensuring construction continues. The First Coast Expressway is a new all electronic toll facility which improves the movement of people and goods throughout the region.
  • $44.2M to add additional lanes and reconstruct the existing SR 15 (US 17) from west of Dunns Creek to Horse Landing Road in Putnam County. The improvements include widening the existing two lane roadway to a four-lane divided roadway with a raised median, bicycle lanes, a sidewalk on the west side of the roadway and a 12-foot multi-use path on the east side.
  • $29.1M for drainage improvements along the SR A1A (3rd Street) from Seagate Avenue to Beach Boulevard in Duval County. The drainage improvements will reduce the incidence and magnitude of flooding experienced at this segment of roadway.
  • $31.1M for channel deepening and widening at JAXPORT in Duval County. An updated economic impact study reported that cargo activity supports nearly $27 billion in annual economic output.

Northwest Florida

  • $21M to add lanes and reconstruct SR 369 (US 319) from North of SR 267 to the Leon County Line in Wakulla County. SR 369 serves as the primary travel route between Tallahassee and gulf coast communities. The improvements will improve mobility, relieve traffic congestion, improve traffic circulation, improve pedestrian and bicycle connectivity and improve public safety.
  • $32.8M to improve the roadway and add lanes on SR 390 in Bay County from Jenks Avenue to East of SR 77/Ohio Avenue. This project will relieve congestion and promote opportunities for growth along the corridor by converting the roadway to a six-lane divided facility with buffered bike lanes and sidewalks. An improved Strategic Intermodal System corridor will also better serve as a Hurricane Evacuation Route for surrounding communities.
  • $32.6M to add lanes and reconstruct SR 388 (West Bay Parkway) from SR 79 to East of Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport in Bay County. This project will improve mobility and airport access by widening SR 388 from two to four lanes, adding a multi-lane roundabout at the airport entrance, widening the Crooked Creek bridge from two to four-lanes and improving signalization at SR 79.

Southwest Florida

  • $67.1M to add lanes and reconstruct SR 82 from Alabama Road to the Hendry County Line in Lee County. The improvements include widening of the existing two-lane roadway to a four-lane divided roadway with optional future expansion to six lanes, a shared-use path and lighting improvements.
  • $115.7M to add lanes on I-75 at the SR 70 interchange in Manatee County. The construction project will rebuild the SR 70 interchange from its existing partial cloverleaf design to a modified diamond interchange design with a single loop in the northwest quadrant. Interchange improvements will also include replacement of entrance and exit ramps and the addition of emergency stopping sites on the exit ramps.

Southeast Florida

  • $478.6M to add lanes and improve the interchange at I-95/I-595 Express Lanes direct connect (I-95 from Stirling Road to Broward Boulevard) in Broward County. The project will provide new median ramp connections and a second express lane to increase mobility, relieve congestion and accommodate future growth in the region.
  • $43.2M to add lanes and rehabilitate SR 80 from West of Lion Country Safari Road to Forest Hill/Crestwood Boulevard. SR 80/Southern Blvd. is a Strategic Intermodal System (SIS) corridor located in central Palm Beach County and is one of only two major east-west roadways. This project will relieve congestion on SR 80 by adding an additional travel lane in each direction, and will provide bicycle and pedestrian access to the new developments by including a shared use path and buffered bicycle lanes to accommodate all modes of transportation.
  • $12.1M to extend the runway at Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood International Airport in Broward County. This project will assist with meeting future demands for commercial and general aviation traffic through improvements and modifications to accommodate the eastward construction of the New South Runway and one parallel taxiway.
  • $80.9M for bridge replacement on SR 968/SW 1st Street at the Miami River in Miami-Dade County. The existing SW 1st Street bridge is a low-level bascule (movable) bridge spanning the Miami River. The purpose of the project is to replace the structurally deficient bridge and relieve congestion.
  • $61.7M to expand and improve Krome Avenue in Miami-Dade County from SW 232ndStreet to south of SW 136th Street. This project will improve safety, traffic operations and access points to reduce fatalities in the corridor.  The road will be widened from two-lanes to a four-lane divided highway and will include new bridges over several canals, improve drainage systems and lighting along the length of the project.

East Central Florida

  • $56.9M for the direct access between I-95 and the Melbourne International Airport in Brevard County.  The direct access will relieve traffic at the adjacent interchanges.  The new interchange will align with St. Johns Heritage Parkway and Ellis Road.
  • $34M for Space Florida Launch Complex Improvements in Brevard County demonstrating Florida’s leadership and commitment to space flight and related businesses as the Space Center transitions to commercial space flight. Improvements will help attract more commercial activity to the area.
  • $169.5M for 3.53 miles of limited access toll road along State Road 46, east of Wekiva Park Drive to Orange Boulevard to help protect the natural resources surrounding the Wekiva River in Seminole County. The project will include the design of non-tolled service roads, slip ramps, and several bridges. The project will also include roadway widening, drainage, lighting and other features.
  • $17.5M for rehabilitation of the Volusia/Daytona Beach Taxiway at the Daytona Beach International Airport in Volusia County. The airport serves as a vital link in Florida’s air transportation system. Improved runways will assist Daytona International Airport with their efforts to provide more direct connect flights.

West Central Florida

  • $40M for Tampa International Airport in Hillsborough County to continue development and construction of an automated people mover. The people mover will transport visitors from a consolidated rental car facility to the main terminal thereby reducing the congestion along George Bean Parkway. It will also connect the proposed Westshore Multimodal Center with the airport and greatly enhance the movement of visitors and residents throughout the region.
  • $11M to acquire right of way for the future widening of SR 574/Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Hillsborough County from East of Kings Way to East of McIntosh Road). This project will support growth in the area from the current low density development (mixture of agricultural, commercial, and planned residential developments) to a future urban environment.
  • $35.1M to add lanes and reconstruct US 19 (SR 55) From West Jump Court to West Fort Island Trail in Citrus County. This project will increase capacity on a major US route from four to six lanes. The project also includes drainage improvements and the addition of sidewalks.

Article by West Orlando News, Complete Article [ HERE ]