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Treasure Coast Traffic Report April 30 through May 7, 2021
MARTIN, ST. LUCIE & INDIAN RIVER COUNTIES, Fla. – Construction, maintenance and permit-related lane closures on state highways in Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River counties are expected during April 30 through May 7, 2021. Weather permitting, work will be done at the following locations throughout the Treasure Coast.
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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.
• 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 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for roadway work. 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.
• One lane in either direction of U.S. 1 from Heritage Boulevard to Salerno Road will be closed Saturday and Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for green bike lane installation. This lane closure may also occur Sunday through Thursday night from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. 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.
• The shoulder in both directions of I-95 will be intermittently closed Monday 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 Sunday through Thursday night from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. to maintain the barrier wall installed for the traffic diversion.
• One lane in each direction of Indiantown Road from the Turnpike entrance/exit to Island Way will be closed Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to install light pole foundations. During this time, shoulder closures along I-95 ramps to and from Indiantown Road may occur. For more information, please contact Community Outreach Specialist Kathleen Dempsey at 772-359-5118.
4. US 1 Improvements Project from North of Britt Road to South of Jensen Beach Boulevard/State Road 732
Description: On March 4, 2020, construction started on US 1 from north of Britt Road to south of Jensen Beach Boulevard. The purpose of this project is to provide a fourth continuous northbound thru/shared right-turn lane between Britt Road and Jensen Beach Boulevard. Work at the US 1/SR 5 and Treasure Coast Square Mall south entrance intersection includes: reconstructing curb ramp and sidewalk at the northeast corner; widening the roadway at the northeast corner; and removing the existing double mast arm signal pole at the northeast corner, and replacing it with new signal mast arms at the northeast and southeast corners. Additional work on this project includes restriping northbound US 1 lanes to provide a continuous thru/shared right-turn lane and bike lane, and milling and resurfacing the existing two outside northbound lanes to accommodate restriping.
Cost/Completion: $547.644. Completion is expected in summer 2021.
• The outside northbound U.S. 1 turn lane just south of the south mall entrance will be closed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to facilitate mast arm installation. Motorists can still make a right into the shopping plaza using the outside northbound U.S. 1 through lane.
• The outside westbound lane coming from the shopping plaza will be closed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to facilitate mast arm installation. Motorists can still make a right onto U.S. 1 or head straight towards the Treasure Coast Square Mall using the inside westbound lane.
• The sidewalk along the east side of U.S. 1 at the south mall entrance intersection is closed around the clock through May 2021. Pedestrians should detour to the nearest signalized intersections. For more information, please contact Community Outreach Specialist Kathleen Dempsey at 772-359-5118.
5. U.S. 1 from Dharlys Street to Constitution Boulevard in Hobe Sound
• One northbound lane of U.S. 1 will be closed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for utility work. For more information, please contact Gus Sikaffy at 954-995-2760.
6. U.S. 1 from Bridge Road to Algozzini Place in Hobe Sound
• One northbound lane of U.S. 1 will be closed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for striping. For more information, please contact Gus Sikaffy at 954-995-2760.
7. U.S. 1 from SE Highborne Way to just South of SE Dixie Highway in Hobe Sound
• One lane in each direction of U.S. 1 will be closed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for utility work. For more information, please contact Mark D'Annunzio at 772-288-0951.
8. Kanner Highway just South of South River Road in Stuart
• One southbound lane of Kanner Highway will be closed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through May 27 for utility work. For more information, please contact Daniel Moura at 561-418-0598.
9. U.S. 1 from Wright Boulevard to Britt Road in Stuart
• One northbound lane of U.S. 1 from Wright Boulevard to Britt Road will be closed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for utility work. For more information, please contact Gus Sikaffy at 954-995-2760.
• One northbound lane of U.S. 1 from Wright Boulevard to Baker Road will be closed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. through Aug. 6 for median work with sod, concrete pouring, irrigation installation and landscaping. For more information, please contact Michael Forman at 772-794-4100.
10. State Road A1A from NE Rose Walk Terrace to NE Causeway Boulevard in Stuart & Jensen Beach
• One lane in either direction of State Road A1A will be closed Monday 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 Gus Sikaffy at 954-995-2760.
11. U.S. 1 from Goldenrod Road to Westmoreland Boulevard in Jensen Beach
• Two northbound lanes of U.S. 1 will be closed Sunday through Thursday night from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. for utility work. For more information, please contact Gus Sikaffy at 954-995-2760.
12. Jensen Beach Boulevard from Fowler Avenue to Green River Parkway in Jensen Beach
• One lane in each direction of Jensen Beach Boulevard will be closed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for utility work. For more information, please contact Gus Sikaffy at 954-995-2760.
ST. LUCIE COUNTY
13. 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.
• One lane in either direction of Midway Road between U.S. 1 and 2nd Street will be closed Sunday through Thursday night from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. for paving. Two-way traffic will be maintained with a flag crew.
• One eastbound lane of Midway Road between Jorgensen Road and 25th Street will be closed Sunday through Thursday night from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., and Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for curb and asphalt work.
• One lane in each direction of 25th Street from River Hammock Lane to Divine Road will be closed Sunday through Thursday night from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., and Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for curb and asphalt work.
• Traffic in either direction of Midway Road between 25th Street and U.S. 1 may be shifted Monday through Friday except from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. & 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to facilitate roadway work.
• One lane in either direction of Oleander Avenue between West 2nd Street and just north of Midway Road by Merritt’s Ditch may be closed Monday 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 Monday 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 Monday 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 Monday 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 Monday through Friday except from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. & 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
• Northbound traffic on Oleander Avenue from West 2nd Street to just north of Midway Road by Merritt’s Ditch is shifted to the east onto the newly constructed roadway. All traffic along Oleander Avenue is in their respective lanes.
• 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.
14. 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.
• 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 Monday 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 summer 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 summer 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 summer 2021 to facilitate roadway reconstruction.
• Northbound and southbound traffic on Kings Highway from just north of Crossroads Parkway to south of Orange Avenue is shifted to the east on the newly constructed road to facilitate reconstruction of Kings Highway. Please note, westbound traffic on Graham Road will not need to pull forward as far when coming to a complete stop before turning north or south onto Kings Highway. For more information, please contact Community Outreach Specialist Kathleen Dempsey at 772-359-5118.
15. “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.
• One eastbound lane of Gatlin Boulevard from Brescia Street and Edgarce Street will be closed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through May 2021 for construction of a permanent driveway.
• One northbound lane of Brescia Street just south of Gatlin Boulevard may be closed Sunday through Thursday night from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. through May 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 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through May 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.
16. 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.
• The northbound and southbound shoulders of U.S. 1 from North 3rd Street to Kings Highway will be intermittently closed Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. through May 28 for utility work.
• One northbound lane of U.S. 1 from Orange Avenue to Causeway Drive will be intermittently closed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through May 28 for conduit and pull box installation. During this time, intermittent sidewalk closures will occur, detouring pedestrians to the nearest signalized intersection.
• One southbound lane of U.S. 1 from Avenue C to Avenue M will be intermittently closed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through May 28 for conduit and pull box installation. During this time, intermittent sidewalk closures will occur, detouring pedestrians to the nearest signalized intersection.
• The southbound shoulder of U.S. 1 from Savanna Club Boulevard to Rio Mar Drive will be closed intermittently Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through May 28 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 Orange Avenue will be intermittently closed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through May 28 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.
• 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 May 28 for conduit and pull box installation.
• One lane in each direction of State Road 70 from Kings Highway to South 41st Street will be closed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through May 28 for conduit and pull box installation. For more information, please contact Community Outreach Specialist Kathleen Dempsey at 772-359-5118.
17. 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.
• One lane in each direction of U.S. 1 from Port St. Lucie Boulevard to Rio Mar Drive will be intermittently closed Monday 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.
Utility Work Not Construction Related:
• One northbound lane of U.S. 1 from Village Drive to Veterans Memorial Parkway will be closed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for utility work. For more information, please contact Gus Sikaffy at 954-995-2760.
18. Port St. Lucie Boulevard from Floresta Drive to Westmoreland Boulevard in Port St. Lucie
• One lane in each direction of Port St. Lucie Boulevard will be closed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Apr. 30 for bridge maintenance. For more information, please contact John Candelaria at 570-998-7842.
19. State Road A1A from Jackson Way to Regal Road in Ft. Pierce
• The northbound lane of State Road A1A will be closed Monday 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 Gus Sikaffy at 954-995-2760.
20. 25th Street from Edwards Road to Cortez Boulevard in Ft. Pierce
• One southbound lane of 25th Street will be closed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for utility work. For more information, please contact Gus Sikaffy at 954-995-2760.
21. Okeechobee Road/State Road 70 just West of Carlton Road in Ft. Pierce
• One westbound lane of Okeechobee Road/State Road 70 will be closed Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for paving. For more information, please contact John Whitford at 772-349-8029.
22. Southbound Florida’s Turnpike/SR 91 Exit Ramp to Okeechobee Road/Ft. Pierce/SR 70 (Exit 152)
• Full Closure: Southbound Florida’s Turnpike/SR 91 exit ramp to Okeechobee Road/SR 70 (Exit 152) will undergo an overnight full ramp closure, 10 p.m. Sunday, April 25, to 6 a.m. Monday, April 26, and overnight full ramp closures, 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., Monday, April 26, and nightly through Friday, April 30. Detour information is as follows:
o Southbound Florida’s Turnpike/SR 91 traffic wishing to access Okeechobee Road/SR 70 will be directed to exit at SR 60 (Exit 193), travel east along SR 60 to I-95, and travel south on I-95 to Okeechobee Road/SR 70 (Exit 129). For more information, please contact Fiorella Teodista at 954-663-0612.
23. Southbound Florida’s Turnpike/SR 91 Entrance Ramp from Okeechobee Road/SR 70
• Full Closure: Southbound Florida’s Turnpike/SR 91 entrance ramp from Okeechobee Road/SR 70 will undergo an overnight full ramp closure, 10 p.m. Sunday, April 25, to 6 a.m. Monday, April 26, and overnight full ramp closures, 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., Monday, April 26, and nightly through Friday, April 30. Detour information is as follows:
o Okeechobee Road/SR 70 traffic wishing to access southbound Florida’s Turnpike/SR 91 will be directed to I-95, travel south on I-95 to exit at Crosstown Parkway (Exit 120), travel east on Crosstown Parkway to Bayshore Boulevard and travel south on Bayshore Boulevard to access southbound Florida’s Turnpike. For more information, please contact Fiorella Teodista at 954-663-0612.
Out2News Destination of the Month New Port Beach, California
Newport Beach is a coastal city in Orange County, California, United States. Newport Beach is known for good surfing and sandy beaches. Newport Harbor once supported maritime industries, but today, it is used mostly for recreation. Balboa Island draws visitors with a waterfront path and easy access from the ferry to the shops and restaurants. The population of Newport Beach was 85,287 at the 2010 census. The area of Newport Beach, California is beautiful anytime of the year, but if you want to catch the gray whale migration, April is an ideal time to visit. With so many dolphin and whale excursions available from Newport Landing, it is best to visit this area in the spring for the optimal viewing opportunities and before the summer crowds arrive.
There are many beaches to enjoy and boutique shops in the town. You can also enjoy the Balboa Fun Zone that opened in 1936 and still has the wholesome, old-fashioned amusement park thrills, like a Ferris wheel and midway games. Newport Beach has a mid-latitude semi-arid climate (Köppen climate classification BSk) with characteristics of a warm-summer Mediterranean climate (Köppen: Csb). Like many coastal cities in Los Angeles and Orange counties, Newport Beach exhibits weak temperature variation, both diurnally and seasonally, compared to inland cities even a few miles from the ocean. The Pacific Ocean greatly moderates Newport Beach's climate by warming winter temperatures and cooling summer temperatures. Diurnal temperature variation is stronger during the winter than during the summer. Newport Beach does not receive enough precipitation to qualify as a true Mediterranean climate.
Housing prices in Newport Beach ranked eighth highest in the United States in a 2009 survey.Beachgoers have flocked to Newport Beach since the Pacific Electric Railway started bringing them in 1905. Attractions include the city beaches from the Santa Ana River to the tip of the Balboa Peninsula, Corona del Mar State Beach, and the beaches at Crystal Cove State Park. Newport Beach is known for good surfing, especially between Newport Pier and the Santa Ana River. At the tip of the Balboa Peninsula, The Wedge offers world-class bodyboarding and bodysurfing. Newport Pier and Balboa Pier draw fishermen and sightseers. A boardwalk runs 2.9 miles (4.7 km) from 36th Street in West Newport, past Newport Pier and Balboa Pier, to between E and F Streets on the Balboa Peninsula for both pedestrians and bikers.Newport Harbor is the largest recreational boat harbor on the U.S. west coast, and a popular destination for all boating activities, including sailing, fishing, rowing, kayaking, and paddleboarding.
Fashion Island at Newport Center is a regional shopping and entertainment destination.
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.
When is a Good Time to Start Vacation Planning?
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
15 Auto Loan Terms Explained
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Traveling with Pets
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
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.
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,
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We hope you enjoy,
Carolyn & Les
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.
Driving Tips to Help You Increase Gas Mileage
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:
Avoid “jackrabbit” starts, but don’t accelerate too slowly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?!
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!