Zip Line and Aerial Park Coming to Tampa Bay

Zip Line and Aerial Park Coming to Tampa Bay

Clearwater-based Empower Adventures Tampa Bay has approvals to build a zip line and aerial adventure park on Mobbly Bayou Wilderness Preserve, which will cross waterways and provide open water views of Tampa Bay. Scheduled to open in May 2016, the addition of EATB to Tampa Bay bolsters Oldsmar’s reputation as one of the regions most progressive sports cities with an internationally known BMX park.

The park will feature a 55-foot-tall start tower, five zip lines of varying lengths, a 100-foot suspension bridge as well as other adventure park elements such as log bridges, catwalk bridges, steps, tires, and poles. Professional guides will lead groups through the course, which will take approximately an hour and a half to complete and will run at varying times during the day. Work on the park will start this month and take approximately 8-12 weeks to complete with an anticipated mid-May Grand Opening.


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Traffic Delays For Construction Work on I-5 in Oregon

Traffic Delays For Construction Work on I-5 in Oregon

The Oregon Department of Transportation is reporting that construction work on I-5 will result in traffic delays.

Expect daytime lane closures on highway and off ramp with flagger control. Watch for construction activity around interchange. Use caution.

The I-5 Kuebler Interchange Project (I-5, exit 252) will address the increasing congestion at the interchange by modifying the existing southbound off ramp, which will decrease the conflicts at Kuebler that have caused back-ups on I-5 southbound. The new ramp will meet modern standards and contain excess capacity. The project will also add a westbound to southbound I-5 loop on ramp and modify the eastbound to southbound I-5 on ramp.

Estimated traffic delays under 20 minutes.


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Traffic Delays For Construction Work on I-5 in Oregon

Traffic Delays For Construction Work on I-5 in Oregon

The Oregon Department of Transportation is reporting that construction work on I-5 will result in traffic delays.

Expect daytime lane closures on highway and off ramp with flagger control. Watch for construction activity around interchange. Use caution.

The I-5 Kuebler Interchange Project (I-5, exit 252) will address the increasing congestion at the interchange by modifying the existing southbound off ramp, which will decrease the conflicts at Kuebler that have caused back-ups on I-5 southbound. The new ramp will meet modern standards and contain excess capacity. The project will also add a westbound to southbound I-5 loop on ramp and modify the eastbound to southbound I-5 on ramp.

Estimated traffic delays under 20 minutes.


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Introducing The 2016 Florida State Fair

Introducing The 2016 Florida State Fair

The 112th Florida State Fair is scheduled for February 4 – 15 at the Florida State Fairgrounds located at I-4 and US Hwy 301 in Tampa. This year’s theme, “So Much More to Explore,” reminds everyone that there are seemingly endless activities to discover and enjoy including rides, food, exhibits, entertainment, animals, attractions and shopping. The Florida State Fair offers non-stop fun AND an excellent value with more than 112 free things to do and always free parking.

This year, music lovers will tap their toes to headliner concerts by 1960s sensation Gary Puckett; up-and-coming country singer Colt Ford; jazz and blues artist Robert Cray; and Dove Award-winning group Tenth Avenue North. Other concerts include the harmonies of Matt’s Family Jam and Indie artist Aranda. Lazy Bonez, an ‘80s tribute band, is back for their second Florida State Fair, along with Beatlemania Live. The always-popular Elvis Extravaganza and Fair favorite Dennis Lee will be back to please fans. Some of the concerts have a new home on the Coca Cola Headline Music Stage located in the Equestrian Center. Other artists will perform on the Tampa Bay Times or Sleep Number Stages.


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One of the most popular Fair concerts, Country Gold, returns to the Entertainment Hall on Feb. 9 and 10. Tickets for this concert are always a sell-out and can be purchased online at www.FloridaStateFair.com. Prices are $20 for reserved floor seating and $10 for general admission.

Family fun is at its finest at the Florida State Fair with comedy shows, stunt divers, amazing animals and livestock, as well as the Mildred W. and Doyle E. Carlton Jr. Cracker Country and other exciting entertainment throughout the 12 days of the Fair.

It wouldn’t be the Florida State Fair without outrageously delicious food and exciting rides. This year, Fairgoers once again will vote for the People’s Choice Burger from a selection of new and returning burger favorites. Daredevils won’t want to miss a ride on the Super Cyclone Roller Coaster, just one of the new attractions on the Florida State Fair Midway.

“There is truly something for everyone at the Florida State Fair,” said Charles C. Pesano, Executive Director of the Florida State Fair Authority. “This is a great year to explore all there is to offer, while having fun on a budget.”


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Coconut Grove Arts Festival Coming This Month

Coconut Grove Arts Festival Coming This Month

The 53rd annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival® presented by the Terra Group will showcase the works of 360 nationally recognized artists along the scenic streets of Coconut Grove this Presidents Day Weekend, February 13-15.

Artists from across the United States, Argentina, Canada, Georgia and Hungary are among those representing the Arts Festival’s 13 main categories: 2D Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Digital Art, Printmaking & Drawing, Watercolor, Claywork, Glass, Fiber, Jewelry & Metalwork, 3D Mixed Media, Sculpture and Wood.

The Arts Festival’s “New & Emerging Artist” category has once again invited a few artists, between the ages of 18 and 29, to exhibit at their first outdoor, fine arts festival.

All 45 of last year’s award winners will also return to this year’s event, while nearly 23 percent of participants are brand new artists to the festival. On the local register, 83 artists are from Florida with 24 of these artists representing South Florida.

“Our arts festival brings the most talented and creative artists from all over the world to Coconut Grove,” said Monty Trainer, president of the arts festival. “South Floridians have a great appreciation of the arts, and every year we are proud to welcome new artists who exhibit for the first time.”

This year’s poster image, Grove Regatta, was created by Madeliene Abling and captures a bold, contemporary, evocative and graceful depiction of today’s Coconut Grove landscape.


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Complementing the visual arts on display is the popular Culinary Pavilion which invites 12 world-renowned chefs to prepare their famous dishes and explain their specialties. Among the chefs expected are Chef Cindy Hutson, Chef Irie, Chef Paulette Bilsky and chefs from the Sonesta Coconut Grove Miami, the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Glass & Vine and the Miami Culinary Institute.

New Times CGAF Bands ScheduleMiami New Times will once again be providing three days of live entertainment at its main stage in Peacock Park. Among the headliners are Nth Power, The London Souls and Locus Por Juana.

Festival hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Admission to the Arts Festival is $15 per person, per day. Children 12 and under are free. Residents of Coconut Grove in the 33133 zip code can enjoy the Festival at a special reduced admission of $5 (proof of residency required).

The Festival is produced by the Coconut Grove Art and Historical Association, Inc., a non-profit community organization under the direction of a board of directors and full-time staff. Proceeds from the annual event help to fund year-round arts programs. The association also maintains the Coconut Grove Arts Festival Gallery and presents special exhibitions throughout the year from its location at the Mayfair in the Grove.

For more information on the Arts Festival, daily event schedules or to purchase tickets for the Coconut Grove Arts Festival online, visit www.CGAF.com.


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