Government, Business, Safety

Trucking Takes On Lawsuit Abuse in Florida

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The Florida Trucking Association and its business allies are taking on lawsuit abuse in the state’s courts, and with the state Legislature, where the climate for change seems to be improving.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
February 17, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Florida Program Encourages Truckers to Fight Human Trafficking

Florida trafficking Florida Attorney General via YouTube

Florida officials recently launched the Highway Heroes campaign, which aims to involve truck drivers in the fight to end human trafficking.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 27, 2020
Government, Business

Florida Trucking, Government Leaders Provide 500 Free Meals for Truckers

Florida thanks truckers Florida Department of Transportation

Florida transportation officials, police officers and trucking association representatives recently teamed to distribute free meals to truckers at a rest area on Interstate 75 as an act of appreciation during the coronavirus pandemic.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
May 12, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

Jacksonville Port Authority Receives $20 Million Grant

Port of Jacksonville The project is expected to create an additional 15,000 jobs, according to U.S. Rep. John Rutherford, a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development. (Getty Images)

The Jacksonville Port Authority is the recipient of a $20 million grant for infrastructure improvements to include reconstructing about 100 acres of pavement at the SSA Jacksonville Container Terminal on Blount Island to allow the port to better accommodate large container vessels.

Scott Butler | The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union
November 7, 2019
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel, Logistics

Florida Hurricane Dorian Leaves Tanks Dry

Hurricane Dorian Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

Gas stations in parts of Florida are running out of fuel as drivers race to fill up ahead of Hurricane Dorian. Dorian’s course turned slightly south and now is expected to make landfall near Jupiter, Fla., as a Category 4, with winds reaching 140 miles per hour.

Jeffrey Bair | Bloomberg News
August 30, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Waymo to Test Autonomous Vehicles in Rainy Florida

Waymo Autonomous Mark Lennihan/Associated Press

Google autonomous vehicle spinoff Waymo says it will start testing on public roads in Florida to better experience heavy rain.

August 20, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Orlando Says It’s Open for Business as Automated Technology Hub

Nissan Testing of self-driving technology in a Nissan vehicle. (Shizuo Kambayashi/Associated Press)

The Automated Vehicles Symposium conference is attracting some of the heaviest hitters in autonomous vehicles and could be the first step in making Central Florida a hub for the fast-emerging driverless car industry.

Marco Santana | Sentinel Orlando, Fla.
July 17, 2019
Government, Business, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Sunshine State Now Autonomous Car State Too

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The future of Florida’s highways seems to be hands-free after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the Autonomous Vehicles bill that took effect July 1. It removes what the state calls “unnecessary obstacles that hinder the development of autonomous vehicle technology and solidifies Florida’s position as a leading state for transportation innovation.”

Dan Scanlan | The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville, Fla.)
July 1, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics

Port Tampa Bay Finishes Deepening, Hopes for More Cargo

Port Tampa Bay dredging A dredging ship works to widen and deepen Port Tampa Bay’s Big Bend Channel in January. The project deepened Big Bend to 43 feet from 34 and widened the entrance channel to 250 feet from 200 feet for a length of 1.9 miles. (Port of Tampa Bay)

Port Tampa Bay completed a $63 million expansion of its Big Bend Channel a year ahead of schedule, port officials said, as the Sunshine State eyes grabbing more freight from shippers while serving a growing distribution corridor in Central Florida.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
June 5, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

Florida Farmers Push Protection as Trump Seeks USMCA Approval

Farmers (Eve Edelheit/Bloomberg News)

Manatee County, Fla., tomato farmer Gary Reeder says he has seen the county’s tomato industry “basically cut in half” during his lifetime. Reeder says Florida tomato farmers struggle to compete with their counterparts in Mexico.

Zac Anderson | The Sarasota, Fla., Herald Tribune
March 21, 2019