The inaugural Skyway 10K is this Sunday and it’s going to close the northbound lanes of the span between 4 am and 10 am. All runners will be bussed to the site from Tropicana Field. The first wave of runners will take off shortly after 6:15 am. The southbound lanes will be open during the race. For more on the race and detours please check here.
The Florida House passed a bill yesterday that would completely ban texting while driving. There is some opposition in the Senate over privacy rights if police are allowed to inspect the driver’s cell phones. Texting while driving is a secondary offense in Florida.
If your weekend plans include a trip out I-4, get ready for a lot more heading eastbound. The Florida Strawberry Festival is underway in Plant City. It’s open 10 am to 10 pm daily and runs through March 11th.
Traffic is getting heavier at the beach with spring break at the beach right around the corner and Clearwater Beach has already gotten a jump-start on traffic control with a ten week park and ride that’s free. It started this past Monday with shuttle rides to and from parking lots to the beach. Look for signs around town that will direct you to those lots. And if you’d rather take the ferry – which is not free – the city plans to double the amount of boats.