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Palm Beach County Welcomes Baseball Fans With Spring Training And Culture

Florida’s Palm Beach County, the Spring Training home of four major league baseball teams including the World Series champions Houston Astros, invites visitors to ‘come for the baseball and stay for the arts’ by rolling out the red carpet for fans and their families with outdoor festivals, art, performances, nature adventures and, of course, the region’s famous giant sea turtles.

The Ballpark of The Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach is Spring Training home to the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals. Further north in Jupiter, Roger Dean Stadium is home to the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins. Both venues are located near Palm Beach County parks, nature trails, arts venues and cultural institutions that are planning special family-friendly activities this spring.

Here are some of the experiences awaiting Astros and Nationals fans near the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach:

Be an astronaut for the day at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium in West Palm Beach. During this exhibit, which runs through April 22, find out what it takes to be a space explorer as you get hands-on experiences in 26 exhibits that reveal the physical and psychological effects of living in space.

Stop by the Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society in West Palm Beach and get up close and personal with some of your favorite animals – from sloths and koalas to pink flamingoes. You can also help ring in the Chinese New Year at the annual celebration of Dragonfest. Held on February 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the festival will include a DJ, crafts, face painting, Dragon and Lion Dances by John Wai Kung Fu Academy, and a martial arts demonstration.

Experience Festival of the Arts BOCA — The Festival’s 12th year kicks off February 24 and will run through March 4 at Mizner Park in Downtown Boca Raton. Among this year’s performers are Kathleen Battle, Itzhak Perlman and Bill Murray.

At the world-famous Lake Worth Street Painting Festival on February 24-25, artists transform the streets of Downtown Lake Worth into works of art. There will be more than 600 artists on the pavement, music on the mainstage, restaurants, shops, and much more for art lovers of all ages to enjoy.

Learn about the giant sea turtles that emerge from the ocean every year to nest on Palm Beach County beaches, at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton. On February 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. the Sea Turtle Day Festival will be a family day of environmental education, live animal presentations, face painting, aquarium feedings, children’s theater, guided boardwalk tours, kids’ crafts and more.

Visitors should not miss the large-scale CANVASTM Outdoor Museum murals by street artists from around the world, in the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District and nearby Downtown Lake Worth.

Farther north, here are some of the experiences and art activities near Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter:

From March 6-25, the Maltz Jupiter Theatre in Jupiter presents Rogers and Hammerstein’s Tony Award winning musical, South Pacific.

John D. MacArthur Beach State Park in North Palm Beach hosts daily nature walks, kayak rentals, and live bluegrass music on the second and third Sunday of each month. On March 3 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., the community outdoor festival Naturescaping features native plant vendors, food trucks, a kayaking obstacle course, paddle boarding, live music and more.

The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum is on the National Register of Historic Places, one of only three Designated Outstanding National Areas in the U.S. and the only unit of the National Conservation Lands east of the Mississippi River. The site will host Sea Fest for Kids on February 24, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. — a family day on the waterfront with sea-inspired education and adventures for kids to celebrate Jupiter’s coastal heritage and history. The fun-filled fest will include live music, story-telling, crafts, demonstrations, Lighthouse tours, kid-friendly food trucks and more.

Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta will host its annual Plein Air Festival March 3-11. Observe artists painting at locations in Palm Beach and Martin Counties. After viewing, festival attendees will have the opportunity to purchase the paintings at the ArtCenter Gallery. There will be artists’ demonstrations and workshops, as well as a special ticketed VIP Collectors’ Reception.

Artfest by the Sea in Juno Beach takes place March 10-11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. This annual springtime gathering for Juno Beach locals and art lovers features more than 300 exhibitors displaying a variety of works from sculpture to jewelry and photography.

Loggerhead Marinelife Center is a major sea turtle rehabilitation and educational facility in Juno Beach. The oceanside facility will host its 15th Annual TurtleFest on Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event features up-close interactions with threatened and endangered sea turtles, as well as music, art, shopping, educational presentations and games.

For more information on these and other outstanding cultural events in The Palm Beaches, visit palmbeachculture.com/events for a complete calendar of cultural experiences.


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Hundreds Flock To Florida’s Space Coast For 21st Annual Birding and Wildlife Festival

The annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival, held each January, is the nation’s top birding event and one of the top 20 events held in the region every year, according to the Southeast Tourism Society*. Now in its 21st year, the event is expected to be bigger and better than ever before, attracting birding enthusiasts and nature experts from around the world to share in their passion for wildlife.

Since its inaugural year in 1997, it has grown to be the largest activity of its kind in the United States*, acting as both a national and international destination for birding, wildlife and other nature-based pursuits. The festival features various activities that are led by nationally prominent naturalists and scientists, as well as photographers, artists, authors and ornithologists.

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Lane, Ramp Closures, Detours for I-95 Construction in Jacksonville

The Florida Department of Transportation reports the following traffic impacts associated with I-95 construction and maintenance operations in the Jacksonville area this week:

  • Daytime lane closures on I-95 at I-295 East Beltway north interchange Monday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday, January 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for overpass work. Nighttime lane closures Wednesday through Friday, January 19 from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. to move heavy equipment.
  • Complete nighttime access closure on I-95 northbound access to Acosta and Main Street bridges from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. for bridge construction. Detour is Fuller Warren Bridge, Park Street, Fuller Warren Bridge, San Marco Boulevard exit to Mary Street.
  • Complete nighttime access closure on I-95 southbound access to Acosta and Main Street bridges from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. for bridge construction. Detour for southbound Acosta Bridge traffic is Prudential Drive, Kings Avenue, Philips Highway, Emerson Street to I-95 southbound. Detour for southbound Main Street Bridge traffic is Museum Circle, Prudential Drive, Kings Avenue, Philips Highway, Emerson Street to I-95 southbound. Detour for westbound Museum Circle traffic is San Marco Boulevard, Prudential Drive, Kings Avenue, Philips Highway, Emerson Street to I-95 southbound. Detour for eastbound and westbound Prudential Drive is Kings Avenue, Philips Highway, Emerson Street to I-95 southbound. Detour for northbound Acosta Bridge is northbound Fuller Warren Bridge, Park Street, southbound Fuller Warren Bridge, San Marco Boulevard to Mary Street. Detour for northbound Main Street Bridge is northbound Fuller Warren Bridge, Park Street, southbound Fuller Warren Bridge, San Marco Boulevard to Prudential Drive.
  • Continuous southbound off-ramp lane closures on I-95 southbound at Atlantic Boulevard for overpass construction.
  • Nighttime lane closures on I-95 at Butler Boulevard weeknights from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. for road work.
  • Continuous lane closures on I-95 from Emerson Street to Acosta and Main Street bridges on-ramps for roadway construction.
  • Nighttime southbound lane closures on I-95 from Park Street to San Marco Boulevard Saturday through Friday, January 19 from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. for road work.
  • Nighttime lane closures on I-95 at Little Cedar Creek bridge Monday through Wednesday from 7:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. to install roadway markings.
  • Nighttime lane closures from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. from Atlantic Boulevard to the overpass at San Diego Road for roadway and bridge construction.
  • Nighttime lane closures on I-95 access road from Overland Bridge project to Atlantic Boulevard from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. for bridge construction.
  • Nighttime northbound lane closures on I-95 from Park Street to Emerson Street from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. for roadway and overpass construction.
  • Continuous southbound off-ramp lane closures on I-95 at San Marco Boulevard for overpass construction.

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I-95 Traffic Shift on Fuller Warren Bridge in Jacksonville

The Florida Department of Transportation reports that I-95/I-10 interchange operational improvements project will be preparing for a traffic shift along Interstate 95 southbound on the Fuller Warren Bridge January 4-6, depending on weather and unforeseen circumstances. The traffic shift will create a work zone allowing crews to begin expansion work and will remain in place for approximately two years, subject to change.

During the traffic shift, southbound lanes will shift to the inside of the Fuller Warren Bridge beginning at the Park Street ramp, and return to the former configuration after the exit ramp to
San Marco Boulevard.

The following overnight ramp closures and detours will be in effect January 4-6 from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. to allow crews to prepare for the traffic shift, depending on weather (see map for details):

  1. The Interstate 95 southbound on ramp from Stockton Street on Interstate 10 eastbound will be closed. Motorists will be detoured on Interstate 10 eastbound to the Forest Street exit where they will turn right onto Forest Street. They will then need to turn left onto Riverside Avenue and merge right onto the Acosta Bridge on ramp which will connect with Interstate 95 southbound.
  2. The Park Street on ramp to Interstate 95 southbound to the Fuller Warren Bridge will also be closed. Motorists will take Park Street to Forest Street and turn right onto Forest Street. They will then need to turn left onto Riverside Avenue and merge right onto the Acosta Bridge on ramp which will connect with Interstate 95 southbound.

The Fuller Warren Bridge will be adding an additional lane in each direction along with a new Shared Use Path (SUP) which will be constructed on the southbound side of the bridge parallel
to traffic lanes for pedestrians and bicyclists. The new SUP will connect Riverside and San Marco communities.

This improvement project began in May with completion anticipated in summer of 2020, depending on weather and unforeseen delays.


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St. Augustine Night of Lights Festival Dazzles Downtown

The 24th Annual St. Augustine Nights of Lights Festival dazzles the city as some three million lights adorn every corner of the historic district for two months.

During Nights of Lights, downtown St. Augustine businesses stay open later, letting you dine in view of the lights and shop amongst the lit buildings. The trains and trolleys offer special seasonal tours that take you through the best areas of Nights of Lights, and there are also a variety of specialty tours — everything from walking to horse-and-carriage tours, and even tours to see the lights from the water and from the air.

This award-winning holiday lights display runs now to January 31, 2018, in historic St. Augustine.

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