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Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test or Recovery from COVID-19 for All Air Passengers Arriving in the United States

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If you plan to travel internationally, get tested before you travel by air into the United States (US), or be prepared to show proof of a recent positive viral test and a letter from your healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel.

On January 12, 2021, CDC issued an Order requiring all air passengers arriving to the US from a foreign country to get tested no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to present the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. This Order will go into effect at 12:01am EST (5:01am GMT) on January 26, 2021.

This Order applies to all air passengers, 2 years of age or older, traveling into the US, including US citizens and legal permanent residents.

The CDC order does not replace the Presidential proclamations. Therefore, a negative test result for COVID-19 or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight does not exempt a foreign national from the travel restrictions outlined in the Presidential proclamations.

With specific exceptions, several Presidential proclamations suspend and limit entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, all aliens who were physically present within specific countries during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States.

Get tested no more than 3 days before your flight to the US departs. Make sure to be tested with a viral test (NAAT or antigen test) to determine if you are currently infected with COVID-19. Also make sure that you receive your results before your flight departs and have documentation of your results to show the airline.

CDC does not recommend getting tested again in the three months after a positive viral test, as long as you do not have symptoms of COVID-19. If you have had a positive viral test in the past 3 months, and you have met the criteria to end isolation, you may travel instead with documentation of your positive viral test results and a letter from your healthcare provider or a public health official that states you have been cleared for travel. The positive test result and letter together are referred to as “documentation of recovery.”

CDC recommends that travelers get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home or otherwise self-quarantine for 7 days after travel. Even if you test negative, stay home for the full 7 days. If you don’t get tested, it’s safest to stay home for 10 days. Always follow state and local recommendations or requirements related to travel.

All travelers (including those who have recovered from COVID-19) should remember to wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet apart from people who are not in your household, and wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing and before eating. Travelers should look for symptoms of COVID-19, and take your temperature if you feel sick. Anyone sick with symptoms of COVID-19 should self-isolate and delay further travel.

Pet Travel Tips

Article & Photo by: Tawnya Sessions

Traveling and vacations are fun for the whole family, even your pets.

Pet Friendly Hotels
Before you book your vacation, make sure your preferred hotel allows pets. Most pet friendly hotels state that they allow pets on their websites. If you are not sure, call the hotel before reserving your room to make sure they allow dogs and cats.

Feed Your Pet at Least Two Hours Before Traveling
Whether you are traveling by car, plane or train, lessen the likelihood of motion sickness by feeding your pet at least two hours before you plan to leave for your trip. You should also make sure your pet uses the bathroom before traveling to prevent accidents.

Use Approved Pet Carriers
If you are driving to your destination, make sure your pet is secured in a standard, hard-sided pet carrier and that the pet carrier is secured by a seat belt. If you are flying or traveling by train, purchase a pet carrier that is USDA approved.

Schedule a Wellness Examination with our Veterinarian
If you are uncertain as to whether your pet is healthy enough to fly, go ahead and schedule a checkup with your veterinarian. At the time of your examination, they can administer any extra vaccinations, like kennel cough and Lyme disease, and they can microchip your pet.

Consider Pet Boarding
Sometimes, you are not able to travel with your pet. In these instances, the safest thing you can do is to schedule pet boarding. You can bring your pet's favorite food, toys and bedding to make your pet feel more comfortable.

FDOT Treasure Coast Traffic Report January 15 through January 22, 2021

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CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS MARTIN COUNTY

1. Kanner Highway / State Road 76, from south of Pratt Whitney Road (County Road 711) to SW Jack James Drive
Description: Kanner Highway is being widened from south of Pratt Whitney Road to SW Jack James Drive. Work on this 1.94-mile project includes: reconstructing Kanner Highway from CR 711 to Locks Road from a two-lane undivided highway to a four-lane divided highway with a raised median and curb & gutter; adding seven-foot-wide bicycle lanes from CR 711 to Locks Road; adding a 12-foot-wide shared use path on the east side of Kanner Highway from CR 711 to Locks Road; adding a six-foot-wide sidewalk on the west side of Kanner Highway from CR 711 to Locks Road; installing drainage features that will improve drainage; and resurfacing Kanner Highway from Locks Road to SW Jack James Drive. Access points and turn lanes will be provided throughout the corridor at the following locations: there will be turn lanes at the two signalized intersections CR 711 and Locks Road; full median openings will be at Mary Drive, Tropical Avenue, and SW Old Royal Drive; and a left-turn-only median opening will be located at Beverly Terrace.
Cost/Completion: $12.9 million. Completion is expected in summer 2021.
Traffic Impact:
• The speed limit on Kanner Highway from south of Pratt Whitney Road to SW Jack James Drive has been temporarily reduced from 50 MPH to 45 MPH. This speed limit reduction will be in place through the end of the project.
• One lane in either direction of Kanner Highway from Pratt Whitney Road to SW Jack James Drive will be closed intermittently Tuesday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for roadway work. For lane closures on Kanner Highway where there is only one existing lane in each direction, two-way traffic will be maintained by a flag crew.
• One lane in either direction of Pratt Whitney Road at the Kanner Highway intersection will be closed Tuesday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for roadway work. Two-way traffic will be maintained by a flag crew.
• The sidewalk on the west side of Kanner Highway is closed through January 2021. Pedestrians should use the newly constructed shared use path on the east side of Kanner Highway. Please note, due to current roadway conditions the shared use path terminates prior to Locks Road and Pratt Whitney Road/SW96th Street for pedestrian safety. For more information, please contact Community Outreach Specialist Kathleen Dempsey at 772-359-5118.
2. U.S. 1 Shoulder Widening and Resurfacing Project, from South of SE Heritage Boulevard to North of SE Salerno Road
Description: U.S. 1 is undergoing a shoulder widening and resurfacing project from south of SE Heritage Boulevard to north of SE Salerno Road. The improvements include: milling and resurfacing of all travel lanes, turn lanes, and shoulders; widening the shoulders to accommodate 7-foot buffered bicycle lanes; addressing pavement failures at Cove Road and Salerno Road; upgrading sidewalk and pedestrian ramps to meet American with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards; upgrading signing and pavement markings; installing new pedestrian countdown signal heads at multiple signalized intersections; upgrading traffic controller cabinets at all signalized intersections; and installing lighting improvements at Salerno Road and Cove Road intersections.
Cost/Completion: $8.4 million. Completion is expected in spring 2021.
Traffic Impact:
• One lane in either direction of U.S. 1 from Heritage Boulevard to Salerno Road may be closed Tuesday through Thursday night from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for paving. For more information, please contact Community Outreach Specialist Kathleen Dempsey at 772-359-5118.

3. I-95 Lighting and Roadway Improvements Project from South of the State Road 706 / Indiantown Road Interchange to the County Road 708 / SE Bridge Road Interchange
Description: This 11.59-mile I-95 improvements project started September 9, 2020 in Jupiter and Hobe Sound. Work includes installing new roadway lighting with LED luminaires, replacing the high mast lighting system with a conventional LED roadway lighting system, extending the northbound I-95 merge lane just north of Indiantown Road, extending the deceleration distances for the I-95 northbound to westbound Indiantown Road exit ramp and the I-95 southbound to eastbound Indiantown Road exit ramp, and installing wrong way vehicle detection systems at the Indiantown Road and SE Bridge Road I-95 interchanges and new advanced warning signage.
Cost/Completion: $12.3 million. Completion is expected in spring 2022.
Traffic Impact:
• The shoulder in both directions of I-95 will be intermittently closed Tuesday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Aug. 2021 for temporary asphalt placement, landscaping relocation efforts, and conduit and light pole foundation installations.
• One lane in either direction of I-95 at the Indiantown Road interchange may be closed Tuesday through Thursday night from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. to facilitate the construction of a minor traffic diversion. For more information, please contact Community Outreach Specialist Kathleen Dempsey at 772-359-5118.

4. Roosevelt Bridge Repair Project
Description: The Roosevelt Bridge repair project that started on August 14, 2020 will restore six (6) lanes of traffic on the Roosevelt Bridge. The project consists of work to repair one span of the southbound bridge, minor work inside both bridges, restoration of the medians on U.S. 1 at each end of the bridge, and restoring Dixie Highway to its original condition.
Cost/Completion: $9.3 million. Completion is expected in early 2021.
Traffic Impact:
• Signals on U.S. 1 at Joan Jefferson Way and at Wright Boulevard are now operating with six (6) through lanes and turn lanes.
• Intermittent off-peak lane closures on Dixie Highway and U.S. 1 will be needed while work is ongoing at the bridge.
• Intermittent sidewalk closures will occur on Dixie Highway. Pedestrian detour signage will be in place. For regular updates, please register at www.fdot.gov/roosevelt and follow our social media. For more information, please contact District Four Communications Manager Guillermo Canedo at 954-777-4090.
Event Full Closure Not Construction Related:
• Both directions of Dixie Highway from Albany Avenue to Fern Street are closed through Monday, Jan. 18 at 3 p.m. for the Stuart Boat Show. Motorists should detour via U.S. 1. For more information, please contact Susan O’Rourke at 772-781-7918.

5. U.S. 1 from Wright Boulevard to Britt Road in Stuart
Traffic Impact:
• One northbound lane of U.S. 1 from Wright Boulevard to Britt Road will be closed Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for utility work. For more information, please contact Steve Jungjohan at 772-882-5084.

6. State Road A1A from NE Rose Walk Terrace to NE Causeway Boulevard in Stuart & Jensen Beach
Traffic Impact:
• One lane in either direction of State Road A1A will be closed Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for utility work. Two-way traffic will be maintained by a flag crew. For more information, please contact Steve Jungjohan at 772-882-5084.

7. U.S. 1 from Goldenrod Road to Westmoreland Boulevard in Jensen Beach
Traffic Impact:
• Two northbound lanes of U.S. 1 will be closed Tuesday through Thursday night from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. for utility work. For more information, please contact Steve Jungjohan at 772-882-5084.

8. U.S. 1 from Dharlys Street to Osprey Street in Hobe Sound
Traffic Impact:
• One northbound lane of U.S. 1 will be closed Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for utility work. For more information, please contact Steve Jungjohan at 772-882-5084.

9. Monterey Road, U.S. 1, and Jensen Beach Boulevard in Martin County
Traffic Impact:
• Intermittent lane closures will occur Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Jan. 25 for mast arm painting at the following intersections: Monterey Road at Kanner Highway, Monterey Road at Willoughby Boulevard, Monterey Road at Monterey Extension, Monterey Road at Dixie Highway, U.S. 1 at Osprey Street, and Jensen Beach Boulevard at Savannah Road. For more information, please contact Josh Leuthold at 772-288-5465.

10. Kanner Highway from South of Monterey Road to U.S. 1
Traffic Impact:
• One southbound lane of Kanner Highway will be closed Monday through Thursday night from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. for utility surveying. For more information, please contact Michael Lewkutz at 561-248-4374.

11. Southbound Florida’s Turnpike/SR 91 between SW Martin Highway/Stuart/SR 714 (Exit 133) and Indiantown Road/SR 706 (Exit 116)
Traffic Impact:
• Full Closure: Southbound Florida’s Turnpike/SR 91 between SW Martin Highway/Stuart/SR 714 (Exit 133) and Indiantown Road/SR 706 (Exit 116) will undergo overnight full road closures, 10 p.m. Wednesday, January 20, to 5 a.m. Thursday, January 21; and 10 p.m. Thursday, January 21, to 5 a.m. Friday, January 22. Detour information is as follows:
o Southbound Florida’s Turnpike/SR 91 traffic wishing to continue south will be directed to exit at Stuart/SR 714 (Exit 133), travel east on SW Martin Highway to High Meadow Avenue, travel south on High Meadow Avenue to I-95, travel south on I-95 to exit at westbound Indiantown Road/SR 706/Okeechobee (Exit 87B) and travel west on Indiantown Road to access southbound Florida’s Turnpike.
o SW Martin Highway/SR 714 traffic wishing to access southbound Florida’s Turnpike/SR 91 will be directed to High Meadow Avenue, travel south on High Meadow Avenue to I-95, travel south on I-95 to exit at westbound Indiantown Road/SR 706/Okeechobee (Exit 87B) and travel west on Indiantown Road to access southbound Florida’s Turnpike. For more information, please contact Yasir Mercado at 305-964-4861.
**See attached detour map

12. Northbound Florida’s Turnpike/SR 91 Exit Ramp to SW Martin Highway/SR 714/Stuart (Exit 133)
Traffic Impact:
• Full Closure: Northbound Florida’s Turnpike/SR 91 exit ramp to SW Martin Highway/SR 714/Stuart (Exit 133) will undergo an overnight full ramp closure, 10 p.m. Monday, January 18, to 6 a.m. Tuesday, January 19. If necessary, this closure may also occur nightly from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., Tuesday, January 19, and Wednesday, January 20. Detour information is as follows:
o Northbound Florida’s Turnpike/SR 91 traffic wishing to access SW Martin Highway/SR 714/Stuart (Exit 133) will be directed to exit at Becker Road (Exit 138), travel west on Becker Road to Port St. Lucie Boulevard/Citrus Boulevard and travel south on Citrus Boulevard to access SW Martin Highway.
o As an alternate detour, northbound Florida’s Turnpike/SR 91 traffic wishing to access SW Martin Highway/SR 714/Stuart (Exit 133) will be directed to exit at Becker Road (Exit 138), travel west on Becker Road to southbound Florida’s Turnpike and travel south on Florida’s Turnpike to access SW Martin Highway/SR 714/Stuart (Exit 133). For more information, please contact Yasir Mercado at 305-964-4861.

13. Northbound Florida’s Turnpike/SR 91 Entrance Ramp from SW Martin Highway/SR 714
Traffic Impact:
• Full Closure: Northbound Florida’s Turnpike/SR 91 entrance ramp from SW Martin Highway/SR 714 will undergo an overnight full ramp closure, 10 p.m. Monday, January 18, to 6 a.m. Tuesday, January 19. If necessary, this closure may also occur nightly from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., Tuesday, January 19, and Wednesday, January 20. Detour information is as follows:
o Eastbound and westbound SW Martin Highway/SR 714 traffic wishing to access northbound Florida’s Turnpike/SR 91 will be directed to SW Citrus Boulevard, travel north on SW Citrus Boulevard to Becker Road and travel east on Becker Road to access northbound Florida’s Turnpike. For more information, please contact Yasir Mercado at 305-964-4861.

14. Jensen Beach Causeway Bridge (NE Causeway Boulevard over the Intracoastal Waterway) in Jensen Beach
Traffic Impact:
• Advance Notice: One lane in either direction of the Jensen Beach Causeway Bridge will be closed Monday, Feb. 15 through Friday, Feb. 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for maintenance work. Two-way traffic will be maintained by a flag crew. For more information, please contact Hernán García Del Punta at 786-338-5711.

ST. LUCIE COUNTY

15. Midway Road Widening Project, from S. 25th Street to U.S. 1
Description: This 1.8-mile project includes: reconstructing the existing two-lane Midway Road to a four-lane, divided highway with a raised median; installing a new signal at Sunrise Boulevard; constructing a new bridge over the North Fork St. Lucie River; constructing a 6-foot sidewalk on the north side and a 12-foot multi-purpose trail on the south side Midway Road; constructing 4-foot bike lanes on both sides of the roadway; reconstruction of S. 25th Street approximately 1000’ to the south & north of Midway Road; reconstruction of Sunrise Boulevard from W. 1st Street to Charlotta Street; reconstruction of Oleander Avenue from W. 2nd Street to Merritt’s Ditch; drainage improvements, including constructing 6 retention ponds at 5 locations; and signage, signalization, and lighting improvements.
Cost/Completion: $26.8 million. Completion is expected in fall 2021.
Traffic Impact:
• One lane in either direction of Midway Road between 25th Street and U.S. 1 may be closed Tuesday through Friday except from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. & 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for drainage activities, signalization, bridge work, and embankment/excavation. Two-way traffic will be maintained with a flag crew.
• One lane in either direction of Oleander Avenue between West 1st Street and just north of Midway Road by Merritt’s Ditch may be closed Tuesday through Friday except from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. & 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Two-way traffic will be maintained with a flag crew.
• One lane in either direction of Sunrise Boulevard between West 1st Street and Augusta Street may be closed Tuesday through Friday except from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. & 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Two-way traffic will be maintained with a flag crew.
• One lane in each direction of 25th Street from 1,200’ north to 500’ south of Midway Road will have daytime and nighttime lane Tuesday through Friday except for between the hours of 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. for paving.
• One lane in either direction of Melville Road just south of Midway Road may be closed Tuesday through Friday except from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. & 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. A flag crew will maintain two-way traffic.
• One lane in either direction of U.S. 1 at Midway Road may be closed Tuesday through Friday except from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. & 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
• Eastbound traffic on Midway Road from 25th Street to east of the bridge is shifted to the south onto the newly constructed roadway. All traffic along the Midway Road project corridor is in their respective lanes. Traffic will remain one lane in each direction. Access points and turn lanes are provided throughout the corridor at the following locations:
o Turn lanes at all four (4) signalized intersections: S. 25th Street, Oleander Avenue, U.S. 1, and the new signalized intersection at Sunrise Boulevard
o Additional median openings are at the following locations along Midway Road: 800’ east of S. 25th Street, White City Park Entrance, Magnolia Avenue, Cypress Avenue, Elm Avenue, 700’ east of Oleander Avenue, Melville Road, and 600’ east of Melville Road
• Northbound and southbound traffic on Oleander Avenue from 2nd Street to Merritt’s Ditch is shifted to the west on the newly constructed roadway to facilitate roadway construction to the east.
• Northbound and southbound traffic on Sunrise Boulevard from 1st Street to Charlotta Street is shifted to the west on the newly constructed roadway to facilitate roadway construction to the east.
• Northbound and southbound traffic on 25th Street from Canoe Creek Lane to approximately 1,000 feet north of Midway Road is shifted to the east to facilitate roadway construction to the west.
16. Kings Highway Widening Project, from South of State Road 70 to North of the I-95 Overpass
Description: Kings Highway / State Road 713 is being widened from south of State Road 70 to north of the I-95 overpass in the City of Ft. Pierce and unincorporated St. Lucie County. The improvements on this 3.417-mile project include: reconstructing the existing two-lane undivided Kings Highway with a newly constructed four‐lane divided roadway, relocating Canal No. 40 and Canal No. 32E to accommodate widening to the west, realigning Kings Highway at the intersection with Okeechobee Road which will improve the existing connection with the Turnpike, replacing existing culverts/swales and installing a closed drainage system and retention ponds, installing a new highway lighting system, and upgrading signalization with vehicle detection devices and ITS cameras.
Cost/Completion: $45.2 million. Completion is expected in fall 2022.
Traffic Impact:
• The speed limit on Kings Highway from south of Okeechobee Road / State Road 70 to north of the I-95 overpass has been temporarily reduced from 50 MPH to 40 MPH. This speed limit reduction will be in place through the end of the project.
• One lane in either direction of Kings Highway may be intermittently closed Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through fall 2022 for roadway work. Two-way traffic will be maintained by a flag crew. During this time, intermittent side street closures may occur, maintaining two-way traffic at all times.
• Southbound Kings Highway just north of Okeechobee Road is shifted to the east through spring 2021 to facilitate roadway reconstruction. During this time, the southbound to eastbound turning lanes is reduced to one lane.
• Southbound and northbound Kings Highway at the Orange Avenue intersection is reduced to one lane in each direction through spring 2021, temporarily removing the designated turning lanes, to facilitate roadway reconstruction.
• Eastbound Orange Avenue just west of Kings Highway is reduced to one through lane through spring 2021 to facilitate roadway reconstruction.
• Full Closure: Crossroads Parkway just east of Kings Highway is closed for reconstruction of Crossroads Parkway. This full closure is anticipated to be in place through Feb. 2021, weather permitting. During this time, motorists heading north on Kings Highway should detour via Graham Road to South Jenkins Road to Okeechobee Road. Motorists heading southbound on Kings Highway should detour via Okeechobee Road. For more information, please contact Community Outreach Specialist Kathleen Dempsey at 772-359-5118.

17. “Jobs Express Terminal” Gatlin Boulevard Park and Ride Lot Project
Description: The “Jobs Express Terminal” Gatlin Boulevard park and ride lot project started August 23, 2020. The future location of this park and ride lot is just east of the I-95 interchange, between Brescia Street and Edgarce Street. The purpose of the project is to support regional commuter trips to and from the greater St. Lucie County area by constructing a park and ride lot with the capacity to hold 162 vehicles and installing bus shelters for drop-off or pick-up.
Cost/Completion: $2 million. Completion is expected in spring 2021.
Traffic Impact:
• One eastbound lane of Gatlin Boulevard from Brescia Street and Edgarce Street will be closed Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Apr. 2021 for construction of a permanent driveway.
• One northbound lane of Brescia Street just south of Gatlin Boulevard may be closed Tuesday through Thursday night from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. through Apr. 2021 for driveway turnout construction. During this time, pedestrian traffic may be detoured to the other side of Brescia Street.
• The westbound lane of Hayworth Avenue between The Home Depot and Edgarce Street may be closed Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Apr. 2021 for driveway turnout construction. Two-way traffic will be maintained by a flag crew. For more information, please contact Community Outreach Specialist Kathleen Dempsey at 772-359-5118.

18. US 1/State Road 5 and State Road 70 Advanced Transportation Management Center (ATMS) Improvements Design-Build Project
Description: Construction on the U.S. 1/State Road (SR) 5 and SR 70 (Okeechobee Road/Virginia Avenue) ATMS improvements design-build project started September 29, 2020. The improvements to this project include installing closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras and Bluetooth detection devices that will transmit to the Traffic Management Center at the following locations: U.S. 1 from Savanna Club Boulevard to Kings Highway/SR 713, and SR 70 from Kings Highway/SR 713 to U.S. 1.
Cost/Completion: $6.4 million. Completion is expected in fall 2021.
Traffic Impact:
• The northbound and southbound shoulders of U.S. 1 from North 3rd Street to Kings Highway will be intermittently closed Tuesday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Jan. 30 for utility work.
• One southbound lane of U.S. 1 from Savanna Club Boulevard to Rio Mar Drive will be closed Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Feb. 5 for conduit and pull box installation. During this time, intermittent sidewalk closures will occur, detouring pedestrians to the nearest signalized intersection.
• One northbound lane of U.S. 1 from Rio Mar Drive to Midway Road will be intermittently closed Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Feb. 5 for conduit and pull box installation. During this time, intermittent northbound turn lane and sidewalk closures will occur. Pedestrians will be detoured to the nearest signalized intersection.
• Starting Tuesday, Jan. 19, one eastbound lane of State Road 70 from South 41st Street to U.S. 1 will be closed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Feb. 5 for conduit and pull box installation. For more information, please contact Community Outreach Specialist Kathleen Dempsey at 772-359-5118.

19. Okeechobee Road/State Road 70 and Midway Road/County Road 712 Intersection Lighting Improvements Project
Description: Construction on the Okeechobee Road/State Road 70 and Midway Road/County Road 712 intersection lighting improvements project started October 5, 2020. The improvements under this contract consist of installing highway lighting at the Okeechobee Road/SR 70 and Midway Road/CR 712 intersection.
Cost/Completion: $255,430. Completion is expected in spring 2021.
Traffic Impact:
• Shoulder closures in either direction at the Okeechobee Road and Midway Road intersection may occur Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please contact Community Outreach Specialist Kathleen Dempsey at 772-359-5118.

20. U.S. 1/State Road (SR) 5 Improvement Projects
Description: Construction on the U.S. 1 improvement projects from south of Port St. Lucie Boulevard/SR 716 to Rio Mar Drive and at Virginia Avenue/SR 70 started November 19, 2020. The improvements under this contract consist of milling and resurfacing the existing roadway and restriping to provide 6‐foot buffered bicycle lanes on U.S. 1 from south of SR 716 to Rio Mar Drive, and widening the existing roadway in the NW corner of the U.S. 1 and SR 70 intersection to accommodate a southbound right-turn lane.
Cost/Completion: $7,223,963. Completion is expected in spring 2022.
Traffic Impact:
• One southbound lane of U.S. 1 from Port St. Lucie Boulevard to Rio Mar Drive will be closed Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for sidewalk repair work. During this time, sections of the sidewalk will be closed. Detour signage will be in place, directing pedestrians to the nearest signalized intersection. For more information, please contact Community Outreach Specialist Kathleen Dempsey at 772-359-5118.

21. Port St. Lucie Boulevard at Delano Road in Port St. Lucie
Traffic Impact:
• One lane in each direction of Port St. Lucie Boulevard will be closed Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through Apr. 21 for signal installation work. For more information, please contact Jake Ridinger at 772-201-1621.

22. U.S. 1 from Mediterranean Boulevard S. to Midway Road in Port St. Lucie and Ft. Pierce
Traffic Impact:
• Starting Tuesday, Jan. 19, one northbound lane of U.S. 1 will be closed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Feb. 19 for utility work. For more information, please contact Tim Barry at 315-708-9577.

23. State Road A1A from Jackson Way to Regal Road in Ft. Pierce
Traffic Impact:
• The northbound lane of State Road A1A will be closed Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for utility work. Two-way traffic will be maintained by a flag crew. For more information, please contact Steve Jungjohan at 772-882-5084.

24. 25th Street from Edwards Road to Virginia Avenue in Ft. Pierce
Traffic Impact:
• One southbound lane of 25th Street will be closed Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for sidewalk repairs. Sidewalk closures will occur, and pedestrians will be detoured to the sidewalk on the east side of 25th Street. For more information, please contact Liz Companioni at 786-573-1872.

25. 25th Street from Edwards Road to Cortez Boulevard in Ft. Pierce
Traffic Impact:
• One southbound lane of 25th Street will be closed Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for utility work. For more information, please contact Steve Jungjohan at 772-882-5084.

26. State Road 70 from Oleander Avenue to McNeil Road in Ft. Pierce
Traffic Impact:
• One lane in either direction of State Road 70 will undergo a rolling lane closure Tuesday through Thursday night from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. for sign installation. For more information, please contact John Whitford at 772-349-8029.

27. Emerson Avenue from Waterstone Boulevard to 15th Street SW in Ft. Pierce
Traffic Impact:
• The northbound lane of Emerson Avenue will be closed Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Jan. 29 for utility work. Two-way traffic will be maintained by a flag crew. For more information, please contact Jonah Davis at 352-801-6666.

28. South Causeway Bridge (State Road A1A / Seaway Drive over the Intracoastal Waterway) in Ft. Pierce
Traffic Impact:
• One lane in either direction of the South Causeway Bridge will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 19 through Friday, Jan. 22 and Monday, Jan. 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for maintenance work. For more information, please contact Hernán García Del Punta at 786-338-5711.

29. Southbound Florida’s Turnpike Entrance Ramp from Ft. Pierce/SR 70
Traffic Impact:
• Full Closure: Southbound Florida’s Turnpike entrance ramp from Ft. Pierce/SR 70 will undergo an overnight full ramp closure, 10 p.m. Monday, January 18 to 6 a.m. Tuesday, January 19, and overnight full ramp closures, 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., Tuesday, January 19, and nightly through Friday, January 22. Detour information is as follows:
o Ft. Pierce/SR 70 traffic wishing to access southbound Florida’s Turnpike will be directed to travel east on SR 70/Okeechobee Road to I-95, travel south on I-95, exit at Crosstown Parkway (Exit 120), travel east on Crosstown Parkway to Bayshore Boulevard, and travel south on Bayshore Boulevard to Port St. Lucie Boulevard to access southbound Florida’s Turnpike. For more information, please contact Yasir Mercado at 305-964-4861.

30. Northbound Florida’s Turnpike/SR 91 Exit Ramp to Becker Road (Exit 138)
Traffic Impact:
• Full Closure: Northbound Florida’s Turnpike/SR 91 exit ramp to Becker Road (Exit 138) will undergo an overnight full ramp closure, 10 p.m. Monday, January 18 to 6 a.m. Tuesday, January 19, and overnight full ramp closures, 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., Tuesday, January 19, and nightly through Friday, January 22. Detour information is as follows:
o Northbound Florida’s Turnpike/SR 91 traffic wishing to access Becker Road will be directed to exit at Stuart/SR 714 (Exit 133), travel west on SW Martin Highway/SR 714 to Citrus Boulevard and travel north on Citrus Boulevard to access Becker Road. For more information, please contact Yasir Mercado at 305-964-4861.

31. Southbound Florida’s Turnpike/SR 91 Exit Ramp to Port St. Lucie Boulevard (Exit 142)
Traffic Impact:
• Full Closure: Southbound Florida’s Turnpike/SR 91 exit ramp to Port St. Lucie Boulevard (Exit 142) will undergo an overnight full ramp closure, 10 p.m. Monday, January 18 to 6 a.m. Tuesday, January 19, and overnight full ramp closures, 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., Tuesday, January 19, and nightly through Friday, January 22. Detour information is as follows:
o Southbound Florida’s Turnpike/SR 91 traffic wishing to access Port St. Lucie Boulevard will be directed to exit at Ft. Pierce/SR 70 (Exit 152), travel east along SR 70 to I-95, travel south on I-95 to exit Crosstown Parkway (Exit 120), travel east on Crosstown Parkway to Bayshore Boulevard, and travel south on Bayshore Boulevard to access Port St. Lucie Boulevard. For more information, please contact Yasir Mercado at 305-964-4861.

32. Southbound Florida’s Turnpike/SR 91 Entrance Ramp from Port St. Lucie Boulevard
Traffic Impact:
• Full Closure: Southbound Florida’s Turnpike/SR 91 entrance ramp from Port St. Lucie Boulevard will undergo an overnight full ramp closure, 10 p.m. Monday, January 18 to 6 a.m. Tuesday, January 19, and overnight full ramp closures, 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., Tuesday, January 19, and nightly through Friday, January 22. Detour information is as follows:
o Port St. Lucie Boulevard traffic wishing to access southbound Florida’s Turnpike/SR 91 will be directed to travel south to Becker Road, and travel east on Becker Road to access southbound Florida’s Turnpike. For more information, please contact Yasir Mercado at 305-964-4861.

33. I-95 at Okeechobee Road/State Road 70 (Exit 129) in Ft. Pierce
Traffic Impact:
• Advance Notice: Two southbound lanes of I-95 at Okeechobee Road will be closed Thursday night, Jan. 28 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. for bridge maintenance work. For more information, please contact Diego Marentes at 772-215-9338.

Construction Alert

Full Closure of Southbound Florida’s Turnpike Between Martin Highway/Stuart and Indiantown Road

Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) has scheduled a full closure of southbound Florida’s Turnpike/State Road (SR) 91 between Martin Highway/Stuart/SR 714 (Exit 133) and Indiantown Road/SR 706 (Exit 116), to allow crews to perform toll testing activities.

To perform this work, traffic will be detoured during the following dates and times: Southbound Florida’s Turnpike/SR 91 between SW Martin Highway/Stuart/SR 714 (Exit 133) and Indiantown Road/SR 706 (Exit 116)

Overnight full road closures, 10 p.m. Wednesday, January 20, to 5 a.m. Thursday, January 21; and 10 p.m. Thursday, January 21, to 5 a.m. Friday, January 22.

Detour information:

• Southbound Florida’s Turnpike/SR 91 traffic wishing to continue south will be directed to exit at Stuart/SR 714 (Exit 133), travel east on SW Martin Highway to High Meadow Avenue, travel south on High Meadow Avenue to I-95, travel south on I-95 to exit at westbound Indiantown Road/SR 706/Okeechobee (Exit 87B) and travel west on Indiantown Road to access southbound Florida’s Turnpike.

• SW Martin Highway/SR 714 traffic wishing to access southbound Florida’s Turnpike/SR 91 will be directed to High Meadow Avenue, travel south on High Meadow Avenue to I-95, travel south on I-95 to exit at westbound Indiantown Road/SR706/Okeechobee (Exit 87B) and travel west on Indiantown Road to access southbound Florida’s Turnpike.

This schedule may change due to inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances. FTE thanks you in advance for your patience and understanding while we complete this project.

Travel Destination Month of January Jackson Hole Wyoming

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There really is no winter playground for outdoor enthusiasts quite like Jackson Hole. Its ski runs are legendary and the surrounding wilderness (home to elk, bison, bears, wolves, and bald eagles, to name a few) and national parks (Teton and Yellowstone) provide so much to see and do, including dog sledding, snowmobiling, fly fishing, and sleigh rides, plus heli-sking and cross-country skiing for the uber-adventurous. Stay at the ultra-luxe Amangani, whose blazing log fires and heated outdoor pool will feel like heaven after a long day of extreme sport.

Jackson Hole is a valley between the Gros Ventre and Teton mountain ranges in the U.S. state of Wyoming, near the border with Idaho. The term "hole" was used by early trappers, or mountain men, as a term for a large mountain valley. These low-lying valleys, surrounded by mountains and containing rivers and streams, are good habitat for beavers and other fur-bearing animals. Jackson Hole is 55 miles long by 6-to-13 miles wide and is a graben valley with an average elevation of 6,800 ft, its lowest point being near the southern park boundary at 6,350 ft.

Jackson Hole Airport is the largest and busiest commercial airport in Wyoming. The Jackson Hole Airport is also the only airport in the US that is located inside a National Park. Strict noise abatement regulations and the terminal building's low profile allow for the airport to operate within federal guidelines inside Grand Teton National Park. However, it becomes difficult to fly in the winter months. Major airlines serve the valley with jet service, some of which is seasonal (summer and winter).

In 2016, the Jackson Hole Tourism website put up 20 live webcams of Jackson's town square in order to boost tourism. Since then, the audience of the live screening has grown rapidly, with up to 2,000 people watching at any one time.

Jackson Hole was rated in 2017 as the best campsite in Wyoming in a 50-state survey conducted by MSN.com.

Traffic Signal Mast Arm Painting

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On Monday, December 7, the Public Works Department's contractor will begin painting traffic signal uprights and mast arms. The work will require intermittent lane closures at various intersections throughout the county between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Work is anticipated to be complete by January 24, 2021.

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Sunset Trail Corridor Neighborhood Restoration Update

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The contractor has installed several hundred feet of drainage pipes along SW Thelma Street, and will be repairing driveways within the next week. Up next is drainage work along SW Sunset Trail and installing the low pressure force main on SW Areca Drive starting next week.

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When is a Good Time to Start Vacation Planning?

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Article by Les Leibowitz - Cruise Planers

A question Carolyn and I often get is “when would be a good time to start planning our vacation”. While there is no “One size fits all” answer to that, we advocate that you start as soon as you begin thinking about it, because the decision has already been made to take a vacation. You’ve probably discussed it with your spouse and children or even family. You might have even floated the idea of traveling with friends. Once you’ve made the decision to go on that long-awaited well-earned vacation, waiting too long might be a set-up for disappointment.

If you enjoy the plush, glamourous experience of vacationing in the Presidential Suite of a five-star hotel, or your family needs a larger living space or adjoining rooms, or you want rooms to be in the same area as friends, then the answer to you would be no it’s not too early to plan a vacation because some destinations may only have a limited amount of those specific accommodations to choose from. Also, early planning often offers better pricing, and incentives. Another great advantage to planning early is that payment is not required in full up front, this way you can take advantage of making payments along the way giving you extra time to save and not having to lay out a large balance at final payment.

With the holiday season approaching, people are still unsure if it’s safe for them to venture out to shop in person. A vacation would be a perfect gift to give this Holiday. You can surprise the family this year by putting a vacation under the tree for next, or even 2022. A vacation could be that much needed “get out of quarantine free” card or the family reunion that makes up for the holiday gatherings, and special celebrations that had to be missed.

Lastly, I couldn’t write any article without a plug for business. I cannot stress enough to you the importance of working with a professional Travel Advisor. Yes, there are absolutely some people with the time, knowledge, and patience to research and plan their own vacation, and they do, but, some of them also make crucial errors that cost them a lot of hard-earned money, and time in the end. Using a professional Travel Advisor can make a world of difference, and that has never been truer with what we saw happen during the Covid-19 pandemic. No one could have predicted how its impact would up end the travel industry and so many people’s vacations the way it did. Travel advisors spent countless hours, and days over the past months securing credits, re-bookings, and refunds for hundreds of thousands of clients. For people that did not use a Travel Advisor, that time spent was very costly for them.

No matter how it is that you’ll be gathering this year, either with family and or with friends, we would like to wish a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving to your family from ours.

Les and Carolyn

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SUNSET TRAIL NEIGHBORHOOD RESTORATION INTERMITTENT LANE CLOSURES

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On Monday, October 5, 2020 the Public Works Department will begin the Sunset Trail Neighborhood Restoration Project. The project team will: replace damaged drainage pipes; regrade roadside swales; install sewer force main; construct sidewalks; update roadway signage; and restore landscaping. The construction will necessitate intermittent lane closures within the Sunset Trail neighborhood, which is anticipated to be complete by January 2021. Motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians are encouraged to exercise caution and expect minor delays.

The Martin County Road Conditions Map is available via any mobile device or desktop with internet access to view all county lane/road closures: https://conezone.martin.fl.us.

15 Auto Loan Terms Explained

20 Sept 27 Travel

You finally found the car of your dreams. But as you discuss financing, your excitement might turn to confusion as you see unfamiliar terms on the contract. Here’s a glossary of auto loan terms to help you better understand the lingo—and get the best deal possible.

Annual Percentage Rate (APR)
The rate of your total cost each year to borrow money. It combines your interest rate plus any fees into one figure that’s expressed as a percentage. The higher the APR, the more you’ll ultimately pay to purchase the car. Learn more about APR.

Credit Report
A statement with information about your credit activity, loan-paying history and the status of your current credit accounts. Your credit report is not the same thing as your credit score. Learn more about your credit score.

Dealer Incentive
A promotion offered by manufacturers to boost sales. Dealers sometimes pass along those savings to buyers.

Dealer Prep Charge
This negotiable charge represents the dealership’s cost to prepare your car for sale after it arrives from the factory.

Dealer Price Sticker (also known as Monroney Sticker)
By law, this sticker on a car’s window must clearly show the car’s base price (the cost without the dealer’s options and fees), the manufacturer’s installed options, the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (the cost with the dealer’s options and fees) and the car’s fuel economy.

Debt-to-Income (DTI) Ratio
A buyer’s monthly debt payments divided by their gross monthly income, expressed as a percentage. The number measures a buyer’s ability to manage monthly auto loan payments.

Destination Charge
The cost of transporting your vehicle to the dealership from the factory or port of entry. This delivery fee is listed on the Dealer Price Sticker of every new car.

Documentation (Doc) Fee
The dealership’s cost to prepare and file the sales contract and other documents. A few states limit this fee, but most don’t.

Down Payment
This cash payment, made at the time of purchase, lowers the amount of money you’ll need to borrow.

Finance and Insurance (F&I) Office
After you agree on a purchase price with a car salesperson, you’ll be directed to this department to draw up the sales contract and finalize your financing.

Lien
Created when you take out a loan, this is the lender’s legal right to possession of the vehicle until the loan is repaid. When the loan is paid off, the lien is released.

Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)
Also known as the list price or sticker price, it is the recommended selling price from the manufacturer (but not necessarily what you will pay). It differs from the car’s base price because the MSRP includes dealer options and fees.

Term
The total length of time on your loan.

Loan-to-Value (LTV) Ratio
A percentage that expresses the amount you’ll need to borrow compared to the value of the vehicle.

Trade-In Value
The amount that the dealership will pay for your old vehicle. If you decide to trade your old vehicle in, that value is subtracted from the sales price of the vehicle you want to buy and will reduce the amount of money you’ll need to borrow.

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Traveling with Pets

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Article: Trent Cane

Traveling with pets is a growing trend, but even the most precious pet does not necessarily a good traveler make. Whether or not you bring your pet along for the trip is not so much a question of “can you?” but a question of “should you?”

No one knows your pet better than you, so no one is more qualified to answer that all-important question. If the answer is a resounding yes, keep reading — we’ve compiled a list of tips and resources for all you pet lovers who can’t bear to leave their furry friends behind.Check whether pets are allowed. Many destinations don’t permit easy entrance for pets. Hawaii, for instance, has a quarantine period for dogs and cats of up to 120 days, as Hawaii is free of rabies. However, dogs and cats meeting specific pre-arrival requirements may qualify for a quarantine of five days or less, or even a direct release, at Honolulu International Airport after inspection.Don’t underestimate the cost. Between crates, air and hotel surcharges, toys, extra food, unexpected vet bills away from home, and more, traveling with your pet can add up. Be aware of the costs and allow a little wiggle room in your budget.

Use proper identification. Put a tag on your pet’s collar that includes rabies vaccination information, your name, your address and phone number, and local contact numbers. It could save your pet’s life.

Train your pet. A pet that responds to your commands will save you considerable trouble while on the road. From the airport to the hotel, a pet that is friendly and obedient is the most pleasant traveling companion.Learn about your pet’s health. Knowing a little about your pet’s normal temperature, pulse and respiratory rate, prescription medications, and other health issues can save you time, worry and money on the road. Consult your vet, and make a checklist of these issues.

Bring a pet first-aid kit. A pet thermometer, tweezers, gauze, antibiotic ointments, ear drops and other items available at most stores will work; consult your vet for a complete list.

Buy a crate. A pet crate is not something to skimp on. It should be sturdy and correctly sized for your pet. A crate that is too small will be very uncomfortable; a crate that is too large could allow your pet to be tossed around during handling. If you’re bringing the animal on a plane, be sure to read your airline’s requirements regarding crate size, weight, material and design. Airline-approved crates must have ventilation on the sides (in addition to the door) and have food/water trays that are refillable from the outside in the case of a delay.Most crates come with stickers indicating that an animal is inside. If your pet is house-trained, consider putting a blanket, liner or cushion in the crate for comfort. If she’s not house-trained, a clean carrier floor is best.

Crate train your pet. A long flight or a lonely hotel room should not be the place your pet becomes acquainted with a traveling crate. Buy your crate well before traveling, and work with your pet until he’s familiar and comfortable in the crate. Normal training techniques should work, such as the use of food, praise and other incentives to get your pet used to staying in the crate.

Pet Hotel Tips

Find pet-friendly hotels. Many hotels gladly accept pets, such as Kimpton and La Quinta Inn & Suites. Find a list of additional pet-friendly properties at PetsWelcome.com, BringFido.com, Pet-Friendly-Hotels.net and PetFriendly.ca.

Stay on a lower floor. It’s far easier to get your pet in and out of a hotel without incident if you are on the ground floor — no elevators, stairs or altercations with other guests.

Keep your pet clean. Wipe mud, dirt and water off your pet’s fur before bringing her back into the hotel. If your pet stains the hotel’s carpet or linens, you might have to pay for cleaning or replacement costs.

Keep your pet in a crate. Hotel employees, neighbors and your pet are probably best served by this step. Your pet can relax in familiar surroundings, the room stays clean and you can relax as well. Don’t leave your pet loose and unattended.

Use the “do not disturb” sign. If you do have to leave your pet in your room, put the “do not disturb” sign on the door so hotel employees don’t enter and become frightened — or get accosted — by your pet.

Walk your pet in approved areas. Ask hotel management where they would prefer that you walk your pet.

Consider a vacation rental. If you’re having trouble finding pet-friendly hotels in your destination, consider a vacation rental through a site some owners allow pets.

How to Stay Comfortable on Long Drives

20 July Travel

Article by: Consumer Reports

Long car trips can literally be a pain. But you can remain physically comfortable on long drives with these tips.

Stay alert. Drowsy driving can be fatal. Don’t push yourself to drive late into the night, when you are usually asleep. Switch drivers if you start to fade. If you’re the only driver, get a hotel room.

Pull over every 2 to 3 hours. “Sitting too long is hard on the lower back due to that constant flexed position,” says Lynn Millar, Ph.D., chair of the department of physical therapy at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina. It may compress the discs between your vertebrae, potentially leading to pain, numbness, or tingling in the legs. Your neck and hips could get tight, too. Getting out of the car and walking around a bit can help keep you comfortable on long drives.

Stretch your back. On your driving breaks, stand tall and circle your shoulders back five times. Then reach arms overhead and arch back slightly. Hold for 5 seconds, then lower arms and repeat once or twice.

Uncramp your legs. Try this calf and hip-flexor stretch: Stand with feet staggered in a lunge, left knee bent in front and right leg straight behind so that your heel touches the ground. With hands on hips (or holding on to something for balance), clench the right side of your gluteal muscles. Hold for 30 seconds, then switch legs and repeat.

Relax your shoulders. Keeping your chin parallel to the ground, slowly draw your head back as far as you can. You might feel a stretch along your upper spine and shoulders. Repeat six times.

Flex your feet. Trips longer than 4 hours increase your risk of deep vein thrombosis, a clot that forms, usually in the lower leg or thigh, says Mary Cushman, M.D., a spokesperson for the American Heart Association. Stopping to walk around helps. Passengers in the car should do ankle rolls and alternate flexing and pointing their feet one at a time every half hour or so.

20 Aug Love of Travel

We have the greatest support team behind us, and they have outdone themselves once again. The Cruiseplanners team has designed our first Virtual Travel Planner Magazine. For those that have received the traditional “Travel Planner Magazine’ from us in the past you know all that it has to offer with its great articles and exclusive values only available at Cruiseplannners. Well now they have taken that same magazine and they’ve given it a beating heart bringing it to life. Each virtual page is packed with beautiful images, articles, and links to video clips of the world’s most beautiful places. Additionally, by going in to the Virtual Magazine you can register for a chance to win a 7 night Norwegian Cruise Line cruise.
To view the Virtual Travel Planner please click on the link below or copy and paste it into your web browser,
http://cruiseplanners.book-my-offer.com/travelplanner.aspx?xi=3385b3c50e021699
or visit our website at www.itsacruisething.com

We hope you enjoy,
Carolyn & Les

20 Aug Cruise Bottom

NORMAL REDEFINED… AGAIN

Article by: Les Leibowitz, Cruiseplanners
In the months that followed the attacks of September 11, 2001, the country began to re-open rebuild, and get back to normal, only now we faced a different issue, what is the new normal? The things we did on September 10th could no longer be done the way we have always done them, and our daily routines would be changed forever. We now arrive at an airport hours before scheduled flights, and the TSA security checks resemble theme park lines. We also consider things that we never gave a second thought to like going to the movies, shopping malls, and to restaurants. We weigh the benefits and the risks of attending large events, we evaluate crowds, and look to see where emergency exits are. We’ve made adjustments so that we can enjoy our lives safely, and get back to normal.
Well we’ve been challenged once again. COVID-19, “The Coronavirus” appeared like a Hollywood blockbuster, and spared no one. Hopefully you were not one of the many that were physically sickened by the virus, and unfortunately you didn’t have to get sick to be affected. Maybe you know someone that got the virus, or maybe you own a business that had to close due to the virus, you may even just know a business that had to shut down because of the virus, either way it touched everyone in some fashion. We watched and we listened to the experts as they told us the precautions to take in preventing the spread of the illness. As time goes on, we know realistically that staying quarantined indefinitely is just not an option, and at some point those not fortunate enough to work remotely have to get back to their places of business, and kids will have to get back into the classrooms, so we’ll make adjustments to our routines, and we’ll get back to normal.

As the world slowly re-opens, there is a rise in confidence as people once again are beginning to dine out, shop at malls, and gather in small numbers. We know that after being locked down for the last few months, people are ready to get out, and ready to take real vacations again, and destinations around the world are anxiously waiting to welcome guests back. In a few weeks theme parks, and resorts will re-open, and over the summer Cruise ships will start sailing again all with reduced capacities of guests, and new guidelines, and protocols for a safe and healthy visit while trying to minimize any inconvenience. Recently, we have seen a new trend in vacation planning. There has been an increase in interest in tourist attractions within the United States such as beachfront, and mountain resorts, vacation home rentals, and recreational vehicles, and American river cruising just to name a few. While these ideas themselves are not new, they have recently become more popular as people want to stay closer to home, at least for now. All of us in the travel industry are anticipating that the implementation of the new guidelines and procedures will be so seamless that we won’t even realize the adjustments have become part of the daily routine, and we’ll get back to normal.
Finally, Carolyn and I have always said that while it’s not required for all travel, passports and travel insurance are going to be more important for travelers than ever before even if you are staying on the homeland. So, whatever it is that you chose to do, there is no doubt that things will feel different, and at times seem odd for a while, but we’ll get used to it, we’ve done it before. This is normal re-defined, again.
If you have any questions regarding the current travel advisories and guidelines or travel in general, please feel free to contact Carolyn or myself at any time as we will be glad to assist any way that we can.

Leslie Leibowitz
Franchise Owner
t: 772-600-7409
e. leslie.leibowitz@cruiseplanners.com
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20 June International Travel

Driving Tips to Help You Increase Gas Mileage

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Article Courtesy of AAA

Your car isn’t the only factor that directly impacts how much gasoline you use (and pay for) each year—it’s also how you drive.

Fuel is the second biggest cost of owning a car, according to AAA research. But there are ways to use less. Simply driving sensibly—avoiding rapid acceleration and braking, for example—can save you up to 40 percent on gas in stop-and-go traffic, according to fueleconomy.gov.

Here are driving tips to help you increase gas mileage—which, in return, will save you money at the pump:

Accelerate gradually
Avoid “jackrabbit” starts, but don’t accelerate too slowly.

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Pro tip: Drive like there’s an egg on the gas pedal—press evenly and gently on the accelerator to avoid breaking the egg.
Gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 50 mph. Reducing highway speeds by 5 to 10 mph can increase fuel economy by 7 to 14 percent, according to fueleconomy.gov.

Be consistent
Tests have shown that using cruise control when driving on level highway roads can save gas. That’s because maintaining a constant speed requires less accelerating and braking. Just remember to avoid using cruise control on wet or slippery roads.
Estimate how much gas your vehicle will use on a road trip with the AAA Gas Cost Calculator.

Lose unnecessary vehicle weight
Every pound of unnecessary stuff in your car reduces fuel economy, and rooftop carriers multiply the effect with additional wind resistance. If you’re not using that bike rack and don’t need that box of old books, leave them at home to increase gas mileage.

Anticipate stops
Stay aware of traffic ahead of you; when you anticipate you’ll need to stop, let your foot off the gas as early as possible (using brakes as necessary to let other motorists know your intentions). Time stoplights to maintain momentum and avoid unnecessary stop and go.

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Pro-tip: Using a prepaid pass on toll roads can help avoid stops and increase gas mileage, too.

Avoid excessive idling
Idling can use a quarter to a half gallon of fuel per hour, depending on engine size and whether you’re using the air conditioner, according to fueleconomy.gov. Avoid long warm-ups in the morning, and when safe to do so, shut off your engine if you’ll be stopped for more than a minute.

Combine errands into one trip
Getting more things done in one outing can help increase gas mileage. Also consider what time you’re heading out—avoiding stop-and-go rush hour traffic can save you time and money.

Bonus tip: Give your car some TLC

These don’t involve driving, but good habits in maintaining your car can help increase gas mileage. Reduce fuel economy by maintaining recommended tire pressure, keeping the air filter clean and replacing exhaust oxygen sensors before they fail.

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Cruise Planners “Don’t Let Our Name Fool You”

Article by: Les Leibowitz – Cruise Planners

Finding a subject for an article is not always as easy as one might think.  As the author you want to compose something that is both interesting and helpful for the reader and for the author. I found that for me the easiest topics come from common questions that Carolyn and I get from people such as what is the best Cruise ship or the best destination, but here is the one question that comes up even more often than the others, and that is “do you just do cruises”?  The short answer is No, but then that would violate the rule of making this article interesting and helpful.

“Cruise planners” is an American Express Travel Partner with its corporate headquarters based in Florida and is the largest home-based travel franchise in the nation with over 2,000 franchise owners. We’ve owned our franchise for fifteen years and operate it locally in Palm City with associates of our franchise on Florida’s West Coast, Northern Florida, and New York City.  While the name says who we are, it hardly scratches the surface about what we do.  As cruising is ever so popular today with oceans full of ships to meet just about everyone’s life style and wallet and offers such things as fine dining, Broadway style entertainment and theme park style adventure all in one place, we can also provide vacation options far beyond the deep blue sea.  An industry term commonly known as a “full service” agency, means that we can build for you a land vacation as you want it with destinations from right here in the U.S. to historic cities of Europe or even an adventurous African Safari.  As we do with all our cruise industry partners, Cruise planners maintains partnerships with the world’s leading tour vendors and suppliers providing us and you with the best overall availability and experience possible.  From a simple hotel stay with lazy days on the beach to golf at the pebble beach resort, from a Colorado ski trip to Scuba diving in the Galapagos, A historic tour of the Civil War battlefields to retracing the footsteps of the D-day invasion with the “Beyond the Band of Brothers Tour”. Anywhere in the world that you can think of going either by land or by sea, Cruise planners can get you there. As it says in all of our advertising we are “your land and cruise experts.  

There Are So Many Benefits of Traveling?!

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Article by: Pete R.

Everyone keeps saying how important it is to travel. So what's all this fuss about?

The benefits of traveling are not just a one-time thing: traveling changes you physically and psychologically. Having little time or money isn't a valid excuse. You can fly for cheap very easily. If you have a full-time job and a family, you can still travel on the weekends or holidays, even with a baby.

Here are some of the main benefits of traveling. And I'm sure that once you get started, you'll find some more yourself!

Traveling Improves Your Health
Traveling Disconnects You From Your Daily Life
Traveling Makes You Smarter
Traveling Improves Your Understanding of Other Cultures
Traveling Makes You More Interesting
Traveling Allows You to Try Amazing Food
Traveling Makes You Feel Like An Adventurer
Traveling Expands Your (Real) Social Network
Traveling Creates Lifetime Memories
Traveling Makes You Love Your Home Even More

Final Words On the Benefits of Traveling

Traveling Doesn't Make You Feel (As) Bad For Spending Money

There is (yet) another one by Mark Twain: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.” Cliché as this may sound, the money you spend on travel, is an investment in yourself. Travel doesn't make you feel as bad for spending money.

And one last benefit of traveling: it might provide some money when your flight is disrupted!