Teen Safe Driving Leadership Program

Jun 4, 2014

The No. 1 killer of teens in Florida - and the country - is car crashes.

The irony -  fatal crashes are the most preventable.

That's the goal of a Leadership Training Academy Thursday at  All Children's Hospital Education and Conference Center in St. Petersburg.

Florida Teen Safe Driving Coalition is conducting  this Leadership Academy -- not just to teach teens how to drive safely -- but to create teen safe driving campaigns for their communities.

Danielle Branciforte is the leader of the Coalition.

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Tampa) announced the U.S. Department of Transportation grant to Hillsborough Area Regional Transit, the agency that would operate the ferry, which would also run to Gibsonton in southern Hillsborough. "Tampa Bay's long-term economic future will significantly benefit if we develop options for people to travel to work and home," Castor said. "Investing in our infrastructure is key to growing jobs in our community and remaining competitive." The overall price tag for the ferry is $17 million, so Monday's announcement means Hillsborough County would still have to chip in upwards of $12 million to get the service up and running. In February, county commissioners approved spending up to $125,000 to study the ferry's feasibility.

All Aboard Fla. Promises Hot Rail Revolution

Jun 2, 2014

All Aboard Florida executives and city officials believe the station complex, about 3 million square feet, will spur commercial development for miles in all directions as well as become an iconic city landmark like the San Francisco Bay Bridge, the Brooklyn Bridge or New York's Grand Central Station. Local officials offered glowing praise, especially since the privately financed station won't cost them a dime. "If we were to replicate this in the public sector," Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said, "it would cost us billions of dollars."

S. Dale Mabry/I-275 Exit Closes For Four Months

May 27, 2014

The next four months will be a test of patience for regulars of one of the busiest I-275 exits. The Department of Transportation's closure of the southbound Dale Mabry exit is scheduled to take place tonight at 11:30 p.m. as part of the project to widen the interstate.

Cheryl Underwood, who travels from St. Petersburg to Tampa each day, expects her commute time to increase significantly.

"It will be quite congested," Underwood said. "My half hour ride home- half hour, one hour- will probably be more like two hours."