Florida agency offers safety tips for holiday travelers

As Memorial Day weekend approaches, there is expected to be an influx of events, as well as travelers heading out on the road. To better prepare drivers for a safe and fun weekend, the Florida Highway Patrol is offering several tips for the road. With a 20-cent decline in Florida’s average gas price compared to last year, this is seen as an incentive for more motorists on the road, … [Read more...]

A time to remember military sacrifice

Our nation is preparing to observe Memorial Day, in honor of the men and women who died while serving in the armed forces. The American holiday, which falls on the last Monday of May each year, originally was known as Decoration Day. It began in the years following the Civil War and was declared an official federal holiday in 1971. To mark the holiday weekend, several events and … [Read more...]

A time-honored tradition to remember those who served

The four men came to Lutz Cemetery on a Saturday morning, with a cool breeze stirring the trees, and the sun shining brightly in the clear blue sky. They got to work quickly, each grabbing a supply of American flags and staking out a segment of the cemetery. The men — Bill Garrison, Ray Mason, Richard Fernandez and Jim Evans — worked their way through the rows of gravestones, looking for … [Read more...]

Expect crowded roads this Memorial Day weekend

More than 36.1 million Americans will take to the road during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, kicking off a summer season where more than 8-in-10 travelers will drive to their destinations. “A long and unusually harsh winter gave many Americans the travel bug,” said Mark Jenkins, a spokesman with AAA, in a release. “Combine rising temperatures with signs of an improving economy, and travel … [Read more...]

Gas prices to drop in time for holiday weekend

There will be some relief at the gas pump after all this weekend as drivers are set to hit the road for the Memorial Day weekend holiday. AAA says average gas prices in Florida will drop to $3.64 per gallon this weekend. That's a penny less than the national average, and 12 cents lower than what it was just a month ago. However, that is more than what motorists were paying last year when … [Read more...]