Categories
Travel

Florida Starts New Purple Alert Highway Message Signs

There’s some driver-related news coming out of the Sunshine State. It’s called the Florida Purple Alert Program, and state officials hope the new highway message program will help locate certain missing people. Florida motorists are accustomed to seeing digital highway message signs calling attention to various situations, from missing children to upcoming road construction and seatbelt reminders. […]

Categories
Travel

Fourth of July holiday weekend could see massive influx of travelers

ORLANDO, Fla. – With the Fourth of July holiday weekend coming up, travel experts are predicting a massive increase in the number of travelers. Officials with Orlando International Airport said they predict 1.7 million people will travel through the airport this holiday weekend. “Everyone is eager to get back out there, but like every other […]

Categories
Travel

Fallen Florida officer’s son sworn in 8 years after father’s death

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Officer Andrew Kondek was sworn in Thursday as an officer for the Tampa International Airport Police Department, eight years after his police officer father was killed in the line of duty. “It’s kind of like a double-edged sword,” Kondek said. “Happy to be here, but it’s also, memories, stuff like that.” […]

Categories
Travel

Legoland Florida sets opening date for new Pirate River Quest attraction

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – Legoland Florida’s newest pirate-themed attraction is ready to set sail. Pirate River Quest will open on Wednesday, Nov. 2, to take guests on a boat ride to search for Captain Redbeard’s lost treasure, the theme park said in a release. [TRENDING: Intruders shoot, critically wound woman at home near Winter Park, […]

Categories
Travel

Friday briefing: What the Supreme Court’s EPA ruling means; Florida abortion law; Brittney Griner; July 4 travel chaos; and more

1 The Supreme Court announced its last two major decisions of the term yesterday. On the environment: The court cut back the EPA’s ability to regulate power plant emissions. The ruling will have a major effect on the nation’s ability to address climate change. On immigration: Justices ruled that the Biden administration has the power […]

Categories
Travel

Opportunity Wisconsin: Billboards near Milwaukee airport and Bradford Beach to call out “Florida Man” Ron Johnson for billing taxpayers for his vacation travel

Opportunity Wisconsin will be handing out FREE popsicles at Bradford Beach on Sunday from 12:30-2:30 PM or while supplies last MILWAUKEE, Wis.—As Wisconsinites prepare for the holiday weekend, Opportunity Wisconsin is launching three new billboards reminding residents that Senator Ron Johnson is traveling on their dime while he refuses to support policies that help address […]

Categories
Travel

Lightning strikes, critically injures child in Florida

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. – A child was struck by lightning and critically injured Thursday in Florida, fire rescue said. Firefighters were called to Williams Park in Riverview, southeast of Tampa, around 4 p.m. [TRENDING: Become a News 6 Insider (it’s free!)] The child was injured at a boat ramp and was taken to a nearby […]

Categories
Travel

Taking stock of a seemingly endless season in Southwest Florida –

Alan Adler likes vacationing on Fort Myers Beach so much that he practically lives there. The retired dentist from Michigan spends months at a time staying at the Bay Inn at the Lani Kai. When he wants a change of scenery, he packs up his stuff, loads it into his travel van and departs—venturing all […]

Categories
Travel

Busy Holiday Travel Weekend Getting Underway | 99.1 WQIK | Florida News

The busy holiday travel weekend officially kicks into high gear today. AAA’s Mark Jenkins says they’re expecting this to be one of the busiest 4th of July travel weekends in nearly 20 years. Jenkins says high gas prices don’t seem to be a deterrent. He says that while it’s costing about $25 more this year […]

Categories
Travel

The chanchita may have the highest cold tolerance of all non-native fish in Central Florida

image: Chanchita had likely been swimming in Florida’s waters in disguise for more than 20 years before it was officially identified in 2020. view more  Credit: Ryan Crutchfield When Florida Museum ichthyology collection manager Rob Robins brought home fish samples from central Florida in 2017, he didn’t anticipate he’d be adding a new member to the […]