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Nearly 51 Million Americans Traveling This Thanksgiving, Highest in a Dozen Years

AAA projects 50.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving, a 3.3 percent increase over last year. The 2017 holiday weekend will see the highest Thanksgiving travel volume since 2005 with 1.6 million more people taking to the nation’s roads, skies, rails and waterways compared with last year. AAA and INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, predict travel times in the most congested cities in the U.S. during the holiday week could be as much as three times longer than the optimal trip.

“Thanksgiving kicks off the start of a busy holiday season, and more thankful Americans will travel to spend time with friends and family this year,” said Bill Sutherland, AAA senior vice president, Travel and Publishing. “A strong economy and labor market are generating rising incomes and higher consumer confidence, fueling a strong year for the travel industry, which will continue into the holiday season.”

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Florida’s I-4 is the Most Dangerous Interstate in the Country

The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that traffic fatalities have increased 10.4 percent during the first six months of 2016 compared to the same time period in 2015.  These increases are most likely the result of more drivers on the road and a greater percentage of these motorists are driving distracted. A recent study found that 61 percent of drivers use their cell phones on some drives, most drives or every drive.

On average, Americans spend 293 hours driving approximately 10,900 miles each year. A detailed study by EverQuote examined the most dangerous interstates in America, based on fatalities per mile. This analysis used raw data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Fatality Analysis Report System from 2010 through 2015 and found fatality rates based on highway lengths.
That data was then compared to the data from EverQuote’s safe-driving app, EverDrive, representing over 6 million trips and 80 million miles of driving.

That study ranked Florida’s Interstate 4 the most deadly highway in America.

Interstate 4 runs from Tampa to Daytona Beach, Florida. The 132-mile highway connects from I-275 to I-95, and has had 1.41 fatalities per mile in the past six years, making it the most dangerous interstate in the United States. I-4 has also been in the top 10 most dangerous interstates for the past six years.


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Ormond Beach Seafood Festival Returns… and Admission is Free!

Ormond Beach’s biggest and best free festival will return to Rockefeller Gardens on November 18 & 19, 2017!

Local seafood leads the way at this year’s Riverfest Seafood Festival in Ormond Beach. The 9th annual festival sponsored by Ormond Beach MainStreet will have fifteen food purveyors serving up everything from fresh shrimp to grilled octopus and fried fish to lobster mac-n-cheese. Of course, there’s a healthy helping of draft beer, ice cream, local barbeque, fried oreos and kettle corn to keep every eater full and happy.

The festival is about much more than food, however. Held in Rockefeller Gardens and Fortunato Park right along Ormond’s sparkling riverfront, the event features two days of water activities, a 5K race on Sunday, an extremely popular kid’s fishing clinic, chef demonstrations, a kids’ zone, vendors and, of course, great music.


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This year the festival runs Saturday, November 18 from 10 am – 6 pm and Sunday, November 19 from 10 am – 4 pm. Free admission and free parking make it easy to enjoy the great variety of planned activities in both riverfront parks. A free shuttle service from the City Hall parking lot makes parking even easier.

Saturday’s music headliners include R&B sensation Amy Alysia & the Soul Machine and local rockers Emperor Napolean & the Visions of Ecstasy, along with the award-winning 12 O’Clock Jazz Band from Spruce Creek High School. Jazz up your Sunday with Orlando’s Brown Bag Brass Band, then cool down in the afternoon with The Jam.

Head down by the bridge for kids’ crafts and games, mini-golf, a giant obstacle course and a face painter. In that same area you’ll find this year’s Kid Fish – sponsored by Fish Florida and Innovative Bookkeeping. We have 300 free fishing poles to give away to youngsters along with education stations and a fishing area. Once you’ve learned to fish, you can pick up a pole and tackle to take home and enjoy.

If Rockefeller Gardens is the home of food and music, Fortunato Park is all about boats and water fun. This year’s brand new boat and recreational “toys” display joins paddleboard and kayak demonstrations, and pontoon boat rides along the sand.

This year they’ve got pie! That’s right, there will be a Key Lime Pie Contest on Saturday afternoon as part of our Southern Stone Cooking Stage.

All day long on Saturday and Sunday you’ll be able to watch (and taste) seafood cooking demos from local restaurateurs and chefs, but on Saturday afternoon the featured chef just might be you!


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If you want to burn some calories, you can start your day early on Sunday by being a part of the festival’s Rubber Duckie River Run sponsored by the Southern Stone Event Group. The race starts at 9 AM. Registration for all racers starts at 8 AM. Awards ceremony is on the main stage at the Riverfest Seafood Festival at 10:30 AM.

To find Riverfest from the mainland, proceed east on State Road 40 over the Granada Boulevard Bridge in downtown Ormond Beach. If you are coming from A1A, just turn west on Granada Boulevard and the festival will be easy to spot right before the bridge. There is additional parking available at Ormond Beach City Hall and a free shuttle service running back and forth across the bridge all day.


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New I-4 Ramp in Orlando to Open November 13

The Florida Department of Transportation reports that a new westbound Interstate 4 (I-4) on-ramp from Gore Street and State Road (S.R.) 408 is scheduled to open the morning of November 13.

The westbound I-4 entrance ramps from Gore Street and both directions of S.R. 408 will close nightly for nearly one week beginning the evening of Sunday, November 12, to accommodate the ramp shift.

Motorists will enter at Gore Street from about the same location and will join with westbound I-4 traffic nearly half a mile beyond the original entrance point.

The new ramp is a milestone for the I-4 Ultimate project, as motorists will be driving on the first permanent ramp structure at the I-4/S.R. 408 interchange.

Modifications or extensions to this schedule may become necessary due to weather delays or other unforeseen conditions. Motorists are advised to maintain a safe speed when driving through the work zone.


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Roaring Springs Splashes Into Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

Following an exciting record year full of new unforgettable natural connections, signature experiences, and entertaining seasonal events, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is excited to announce the Zoo’s most thrilling expansion to date with the launch of Roaring Springs – a wild, new water adventure, presented by Pinch A Penny.

Roaring Springs will allow guests of all ages to discover a hidden part of Florida full of adventure and thrills. Explorers will board a boat and gently drift along a crystal-clear spring, surrounded by native landscape and wildlife. The journey takes a sudden turn when the elevation drops. Guests will feel a rush of adrenaline as they experience a 3-story splashdown. The less adventurous can revel in a rip-roaring splash on the Canopy Walk, overseeing the attraction.

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Best, Worst Times to Travel This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and this year traffic may prove to be a record breaker.

Traveling I-4 can be a real pain with heavy traffic and plenty of short tempers. Here are a few tips to help make your Thanksgiving holiday voyage less stressful:

Getting There:

  • The absolute worst time to get on the road is the day before Thanksgiving (Wednesday, November 22) and if you leave in mid-afternoon (3:00 p.m.) you definitely won’t be a happy camper once you get there.
  • If you have no choice but to leave on Wednesday, make it as early as possible. Start you trip no later than 6:00 a.m. to avoid traffic delays.
  • The Sunday before Thanksgiving (November 19) is the best day to leave for your Thanksgiving road trip, the earlier, the better.
  • Thanksgiving morning is also a good time to leave, the earlier , the better.

Returning Home:

  • The day after Thanksgiving (Friday, November 24) before 6:00 a.m. is the best day and time to return from your Thanksgiving trip.
  • Saturday and Sunday (November 25 and 26) late afternoon are the worst days and times to return from your Thanksgiving road trip. Avoid being on the road between 11:00 a.m and 6:00 p.m. Traffic will be heavy during those times.
  • If you have no choice but to leave on Saturday, try leaving as early as possible (before 6 a.m.) to avoid traffic delays.

Depending on where you’re heading, and how long the trip will be, you might be able to schedule the time when you are on the road to at avoid the worst of it.

Adjust your schedule or route and consider these options:

  • Take a bypass route around large cities
  • Tune to a radio station and monitor the traffic reports
  • If you have mobile access, Use live-traffic-reports.com to monitor traffic
  • Stop at a rest area if headed into heavy traffic and wait until the worst of it has subsided
  • Avoid shopping districts (Black Friday is usually gridlocked around major shopping areas)

Drive responsibly and have a safe trip!


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I-4 Construction Requires Lane Closures in Tampa Bay Area

The Florida Department of Transportation reports the following I-4 construction and maintenance projects in the Tampa Bay area that may impact travelers, through November 4, 2017:

  • Tampa – The right lane may be closed on the westbound I-4 ramp to I-75 (Exit 9) between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday (October 29 – November 2) nights.
  • Tampa – One lane may be closed and controlled by flagging operations on Sligh Avenue under the I-4/I-75 interchange area any time of the day or night Friday and Saturday (October 27 and 28) and Monday through Saturday (October 30 – November 4).

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Double Lane Closures, Rolling Roadblocks on I-4 in Orlando Beginning Tomorrow

The Florida Department of Transportation reports that two lanes in both directions of Interstate 4 (I-4) between State Road (S.R.) 436 and S.R. 434 are closing nightly for nearly one week starting the night of Sunday, October 22.

The closures will alternate each night beginning Sunday evening with the westbound lanes. The westbound I-4 lane closures will begin at 8:30 p.m. and conclude at 6:00 a.m. On the nights for eastbound I-4 lane closures, they will begin at 9:30 p.m. and conclude at 7:00 a.m.

In conjunction with these alternating closures, rolling roadblocks will occur on Sunday and Monday nights on westbound and eastbound I-4, respectively. The rolling roadblocks may occur any time between 12:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. to allow for a 30-minute window to facilitate girder placement. Westbound and eastbound I-4 entrance ramps will be temporarily blocked. As the rolling roadblock passes each interchange, law enforcement officers will reopen its entrance ramp. In total, seven eastbound and four westbound I-4 entrance ramps will be temporarily closed during the rolling roadblock operations.

The nightly closures and rolling roadblocks are necessary to safely set steel girders over I-4 for the reconstruction of the Central Parkway overpass.

Also, motorists should expect closures the weekend of October 20 on the westbound lanes of Central Parkway, east of the Douglas Avenue intersection, and the northbound lanes of Douglas Avenue, north of the Central Parkway intersection. The continuous weekend closures will end at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, October 23. Beginning Monday night and continuing until Thursday morning, these closures of Central Parkway and Douglas Avenue will occur nightly from 8:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m.

Modifications or extensions to this schedule may become necessary due to weather delays or other unforeseen conditions. Motorists are advised to maintain a safe speed when driving through the work zone.


For more I-4 construction information, visit www.i4exitguide.com, the Internet’s largest and most complete website devoted to Interstate 4. Detailed exit service listings… discount lodging, camping, food, gas and more for every exit from Tampa to Daytona!

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I-4 Beyond the Ultimate PD&E Reevaluation Study (video)

The Florida Department of Transportation is conducting the I-4 Beyond the Ultimate Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Reevaluation Study.

Consisting of the sections of I-4 from US 27 to SR 435 (Kirkman Road) and from SR 434 to SR 472, this study is a reevaluation of PD&E studies that were previously completed 12 to 15 years ago.

The adjacent I-4 section from SR 435 (Kirkman Road) to SR 434 in Orange and Seminole Counties is referred to as the I-4 Ultimate section and will be reconstructed to include the addition of express lanes.


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Ray Rush Coming to Aquatica Orlando in 2018

A brand-new family raft slide is splashing into Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark in spring 2018. Ray Rush promises to be a fully-loaded water adventure which will combine three unique slide elements, never before seen at Aquatica, into one action-packed attraction the entire family can enjoy together.

Rendering of Ray Rush, a brand-new family raft slide is splashing into Aquatica Orlando, SeaWorld’s Waterpark in spring 2018.

At nearly 60 feet tall, Ray Rush is where family and friends can take on three exciting thrills as they slide, splash and soar like never before. First, riders will be launched at 33 feet per second with water jets designed to propel rafts into the first of several enclosed tube sections. Next, riders will swirl into a colossal translucent sphere which spins the raft around the slide walls before entering another enclosed tube section. Finally, riders will drop into an open-air halfpipe that resembles the shape of a manta ray. Rafts will soar back and forth on the wings of the manta before entering the final enclosed tube section that ends with a splash.

“Ray Rush will offer a ride experience you won’t be able to get anywhere else in Florida. Aquatica will be the first waterpark in the state to combine these three unique elements into one attraction,” said Cathy Valeriano, Aquatica Orlando vice president. “Ray Rush is the perfect addition to our attraction portfolio, complementing what is already one of the most family-friendly waterslide lineups in Orlando.”

Ray Rush will have a height requirement of 42″ to appeal to families with children and will accommodate up to four riders per raft. The new slide will be located on the north side of the park next to Walkabout Waters.

In order to make way for the new attraction, HooRoo Run will close permanently on October 31, 2017. To accommodate construction, Walhalla Wave will temporarily close on this date and re-open in spring 2018 alongside Ray Rush. For a limited-time, Aquatica Pass Members will receive a one-time Quick Queue to ride both HooRoo Run and Walhalla Wave on select days in October before construction begins in November.

The best way to experience Aquatica is with an Aquatica Orlando Annual Pass. For a limited-time, Florida residents can purchase an Aquatica Orlando Annual Pass for only $10 per month with EZpay. Aquatica Pass Members enjoy unlimited admission and free parking as well as discounts and the opportunity to be among the first to ride Ray Rush when it opens in spring 2018. For more information, visit AquaticaOrlando.com.


For more I-4 travel information, visit www.i4exitguide.com, the Internet’s largest and most complete website devoted to Interstate 4. Detailed exit service listings… discount lodging, camping, food, gas and more for every exit from Tampa to Daytona!

Traveling another route? Visit our growing family of exit guides: I-95 Exit GuideI-5 Exit GuideI-10 Exit Guide and I-75 Exit Guide.