The largest seaplane training airport in the country is getting some help from the federal government to ensure its runways are safer.
Mark Jenkins, a spokesman for AAA and the Auto Club Group, offered some insights on why gas prices in Florida and across the nation are dropping.
Gas prices continued to increase across Florida in the past week as the average gallon of gas rose 14 cents last week.
AAA released a report on Monday showing the average gallon of gas in Florida cost $2.59 a gallon on Sunday, up two cents from last Sunday but a drop of three cents from the middle of last week.
The designation, which U.S. Transportation Sec. Elaine Chao announced last week, also opens the door to more federal funds for the port which handled almost 300,000 tons of cargo last year with that number expected to be doubled this year.
On Monday, AAA released a report showing the average gallon of gas in Florida cost $2.40 a gallon on Sunday, down seven cents from the start of last week and a quarter below the national average of $2.65 a gallon.
Gas prices in Florida are off to their most expensive start to a new year since 2014.
On Monday, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody announced a Consumer Protection investigation into allegations of misleading and potentially dangerous sales pitches by Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL).
One idea that is gaining a lot of attention is a gas tax increase. Jacksonville City Councilman Aaron Bowman has started a conversation on the First Coast about raising the gas tax to help raise revenue. He and other elected officials say tax hikes are needed to confront the years of economic abandonment in the black communities.
Diaz-Balart said the county would get $99.9 million from the federal government to help on the South Corridor Rapid Transit Project which is part of the SMART Plan. The money will come through a Federal Trade Administration (FTA) Capital Investment Grant (CIG) Program.