It has been an exciting few months here in District Seven. We had a number of influential visitors stop by our district, including Governor Scott to announce the start of the I-75 construction in Pasco County, and USDOT Secretary Anthony Foxx, who visited the I-275 reconstruction in Downtown Tampa and discussed the need for federal highway reauthorization legislation. District Seven was also the recipient of a number of awards recently, including a Florida Federation of Garden Clubs “Paths of Sunshine” award for the wildflowers on State Road 50 in the Brooksville area, and the Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail Project receiving an American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Engineering Excellence Award. Congratulations to all of the staff that played a part in completing these award winning projects which garnered recognition for District Seven on both the national and state levels. Well done.
The month of May brought with it the close of the 2014 State of Florida legislative session. The Department and many of the staff worked countless hours to prepare our legislative agenda and bring several much-needed changes to the table, including a record budget of $10.2 billion dollars. District Seven had a number of high profile projects included in this year’s work program including the Gateway Express project in Pinellas County and the Howard Frankland Bridge Replacement on I-275 northbound spanning the Causeway.
As we enter into the month of July, please begin to prepare for hurricane season. Whether it’s as part of your duties here at FDOT or at home, it’s critical to have a plan and ensure that everyone understands how to execute that plan so we all can be safe no matter what mother nature may throw at us. In closing, I would like to thank each of you for all that you do on a daily basis for the people of the State of Florida. Your hard work and dedication save countless lives every and every day, and make Florida the greatest place on Earth to live, work and play. Be safe.