Three Republicans from the Sunshine State--U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, U.S. Rep. Ross Spano and U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz--signed a letter urging Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Stephen Dickson to prevent any of the $10 billion in airport grants passed in the (CARES) Act to be used for contracts with Chinese-owned or subsidized companies.
State Sen. Debbie Mayfield, R-Indialantic, and state Rep. Tyler Sirois, R-Merritt Island, teamed up on the “Florida High-Speed Passenger Rail Safety Act” which “incorporates recommendations identified in a study commissioned by the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA).”
This marks the second major grant that DOT has sent to Lakeland Linder in recent months. Back in September, Spano, who sits on the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the U.S. House Aviation Subcommittee, announced DOT was sending $10.15 million to Lakeland Linder to improve its main runway and to reconstruct runway lighting.
This week, from his seat on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., was able to secure funds for the Sunshine State as appropriations bills gained momentum in the upper chamber.
While gas prices in Florida rose more than a dime a gallon last week, AAA expects them to lower now that Independence Day is in the rearview mirror.
Mark Jenkins, a spokesman for AAA and the Auto Club Group, sounded an optimistic note on Monday, noting the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) expects gas prices to be less expensive this summer than last year.
The bulk of the funds--$75,138,973--will go to Washington County to help nine projects to repair roads.
The state currently allows a temporary permit for some people here on either a tourist or work visa but a bill introduced by state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, D-Orlando, would expand that to include any person living in Florida whether they are here legally or not.
The new holding company will oversee strategy for the company across various geographies and advance plans for expansion into new markets with new systems and a fully integrated mobility offering to bring in more travelers.
County residents will vote on May 21 on a one-cent sales tax which would remain in effect for 30 years to fund transportation projects in Osceola County.