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February 2017
 
In this Issue
Florida 511 Provides Traffic Alerts on Your Schedule |
Slide Past Spring Training Exhibition Game Traffic with Florida 511 |
Use Florida 511 to Take the Best Available Route to Speedweeks at Daytona |
Thank you, Florida 511! | Florida Events in February | 511 Photo of the Month
 
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Florida 511 Provides Traffic Alerts on Your Schedule

You need local traffic information, and you need it fast! The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) knows how to deliver it. For real-time info on a variety of platforms, use the Florida 511 Traveler Information System.

You can register for a free My Florida 511 personalized services account on FL511.com to set up text message or email alerts for your daily commute. You decide the days and times when you want to be notified. Notifications are sent for crashes, construction, congestion and closures, and for travel time increases and traffic speed changes. New data from HERE (a national leader in mapping and traffic data) allows FDOT to provide traffic and travel data from your front door to your office door.

Florida 511 also provides thousands of FDOT camera images from across the state. When you register for a My Florida 511 account, you can save these cameras to a slideshow on the website’s homepage. You can also find your saved cameras in the Traffic Map feature on the free Florida 511 Apple or Android mobile app. A quick scroll through the cameras in the morning can mean the difference between being late to work and having enough time to buy doughnuts for the whole office.

Florida 511 also helps travelers during emergency situations, including severe weather, low visibility, wildfires and more. You can sign up to receive Florida 511 Emergency Alerts via text message or email. These include AMBER Alerts, Silver Alerts, Blue (formerly LEO) Alerts, and information about how weather, wildfires and more are affecting Florida roadways. You can sign up for alerts by county or by region.

Know before you go with Florida 511!

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Slide Past Spring Training
Exhibition Game Traffic with Florida 511
Slide Past Spring Training

Fifteen Major League Baseball (MLB) teams will open spring training camps this month in 13 cities in Florida, and begin their annual pennant chase to compete in the 2017 World Series this fall. Don’t let traffic delays keep you from seeing the first pitch at any of your favorite team’s 2017 Grapefruit League exhibition games.

FDOT’s Florida 511 Traveler Information System provides real-time traffic information to help you avoid congestion and experience fewer delays while driving to the ballpark. Before hitting the road, plan your commute to the ballpark by visiting the interactive roadway map on the user-friendly FL511.com for traffic incidents, roadway camera views showing current driving conditions, weather alerts and more.

During late innings, you can check the free Florida 511 mobile app, available on Google Play or the Apple App Store, to find out if congestion or traffic incidents are causing delays along your planned postgame commute. You can also use the app to view alternate routes.

In addition to the website and mobile app, you can call 511 toll-free, or follow one or more of our statewide, regional or roadway-specific Twitter feeds to receive up-to-the-minute traffic information.

On game day, know before you go with Florida 511.


2017 MLB Grapefruit League Home Openers
(All times Eastern Standard, subject to change)
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Friday, February, 24

Baltimore Orioles @ Detroit Tigers
1:05 p.m., Joker Marchant Stadium
Lakeland, FL

New York Mets @ Boston Red Sox
1:05 p.m., JetBlue Park at Fenway South
Fort Myers, FL

Philadelphia Phillies & New York Yankees
1:05 p.m., George M. Steinbrenner Field
Tampa, FL

Tampa Rays @ Minnesota Twins
7:05 p.m., CenturyLink Sports Complex
Fort Myers, FL


Saturday, February, 25

Baltimore Orioles @ Pittsburgh Pirates
1:05 p.m., McKechnie Field
Bradenton, FL

New York Yankees @ Philadelphia Phillies
1:05 p.m., Spectrum Field
Clearwater, FL

Pittsburgh Pirates (Split Squad) @ Tampa Rays
1:05 p.m., Champion Stadium
Kissimmee, FL

St. Louis Cardinals @ Miami Marlins
1:05 p.m., Roger Dean Stadium
Jupiter, FL

Toronto Blue Jays @ Atlanta Braves
1:05 p.m., Champion Stadium
Kissimmee, FL

Washington Nationals @ New York Mets
1:10 p.m., Tradition Field
Port St Lucie, FL


Sunday, February, 26

Miami Marlins @ St. Louis Cardinals
1:05 p.m., Roger Dean Stadium
Jupiter, FL

Pittsburgh Pirates @ Baltimore Orioles
1:05 p.m., Ed Smith Stadium
Sarasota, FL

Philadelphia Phillies @ Toronto Blue Jays
1:07 p.m., Florida Auto Exchange Stadium
Dunedin, FL


Tuesday, February, 28

Houston Astros @ Washington Nationals
1:05 p.m., The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches
West Palm Beach, FL


Wednesday, March 1

Miami Marlins @ Houston Astros
1:05 p.m., The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches
West Palm Beach, FL


2017 MLB Grapefruit League Complete Schedule
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Use Florida 511 to Take the Best
Available Route to Speedweeks at Daytona
Speedweeks at Daytona

Drivers, start your engines for Speedweeks at Daytona. If you’re a veteran stock car racing fan, you already know all roads leading to the Daytona International Speedway will be crowded during the nine-day, seven-race event. The festivities start Saturday, February 18 and culminate Sunday, February 26 when more than 100,000 spectators will stream in to watch the 59th running of the Daytona 500.

Don’t fight the traffic; avoid it. Or, at least, know how much time it will take to drive to the racetrack and plan accordingly to ease your stress. Use FDOT’s Florida 511 Traveler Information System to get real-time traffic information and know you’re taking the best route available.

Before you go, plan your route using the interactive roadmap on the FL511.com home page. The map provides up-to-date information on all of Florida’s interstates, and many toll roads and major metropolitan roadways. Information includes: traffic speeds, congestion, incidents, construction, message signs and weather. You can also view traffic cameras on roads and at intersections near the racetrack, including Interstate 4 (I-4), Interstate 95 (I-95), International Speedway Boulevard (US 92), Williamson Boulevard, Beville Road (State Road 400), Clyde Morris Boulevard and LPGA Boulevard.

You can also register on the website for a free My Florida 511 personalized services account and create a custom, door-to-door route to the racetrack or other favorite destinations. Each route includes travel time estimates, traffic incident information and the ability to set up custom email or text alerts.

During your race-day commute, you can have a passenger check the interactive map feature on the free Florida 511 mobile app, available on Google Play or the Apple App Store, to receive real-time information about traffic speeds, congestion, incidents and more on roads leading to the speedway. You can also use the app to view alternate routes if congestion or an incident causes a delay on your planned route.

You can also receive real-time traffic information from the Florida 511 system before or during your commute to the racetrack by calling 511 toll-free or following one or more of our statewide, regional or roadway-specific Twitter feeds (#FL511), including @FL_511_I4, @FL511_I95 and @FL511_CENTRAL.

Keep moving during Speedweeks at Daytona with Florida 511, the state’s official source for traffic and travel information.

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Thank you, Florida 511!
See what some Florida 511 users have to say about us:

     
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  "If you regularly travel I-4 Florida 511 is a good resource for traffic info. They tweet constantly for all of I-4."

   
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  Ryan (Daytona)  
   
 
     
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  "Florida 511 is great to follow for tracking accidents on I-95."

   
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  "Thank you Florida 511 for saving my commute home."

 
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Florida Events in February

From seafood and craft beers to great music, there is no shortage of things to do in Florida this February. If you’re hitting the road to check out one of these events, visit FL511.com before you go to plan your route for a safe arrival and to experience fewer traffic delays.

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February 24 – 26
February Festivals

This month, Florida plays host to several annual festivals from the Gulf to the Atlantic coast at which residents and visitors of all ages can eat, drink, dance or just relax while soaking in the culture and never-ending Florida sunshine.

Feb 24 – 26
Cocoa Beach Seafood and Music Festival
(Alan Shepard Park, Cocoa Beach)
Feb 25 – 26
ShrimpFest & Craft Brew Hullabaloo
(Old Historic School House, Fellsmere)
Feb 25 – 26
Swamp Cabbage Festival (Barron Park, LaBelle)
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February photo of the month
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(Courtesy of Pinellas County)

 
 
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