Fort Myers very own, Rep. Jenna Persons-Mulicka has filed bill HB 421 for consideration during the upcoming legislative session. The soonest it can be discussed is March 7th. The bill summery is “Driving in the Furthermost Left-hand Lane of a Roadway. Prohibits driver from continuously operating motor vehicle in furthermost left-hand lane of certain roadways; provides penalty.” This specifically targets people who drive too slow in the left lane and mostly the ones who do so on the interstate. It continues:
“On a road, street, or highway having two or more lanes allowing movement in the same direction with a posted speed limit of at least 65 miles per hour, a driver may not continuously operate a motor vehicle in the furthermost left21 hand lane, except when overtaking and passing another vehicle, when preparing to exit the road, street, or highway, or when otherwise directed by an official traffic control device. This subsection does not apply to authorized emergency vehicles and vehicles engaged in highway maintenance or construction operations. A violation of this section is a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a moving violation as provided in chapter 318 Section 2. This act shall take effect January 1, 2024.”
This could maybe help move traffic along from people who drive too slow on I75 in the rural areas.
I can’t imagine them enforcing this on places like I4 near Orlando where none of the lanes are moving at full speed. If the bill passes, education is going to be an issue. All those tourists and snowbirds are going to be confused as to why they’re being pulled over. I was driving in Ohio last month and most people there drive within 3 to 4 miles of the speed limit. Things move a lot faster here in Florida. Luda will tell you:
Weekend Vibes, What’s Happening In Southwest Florida Jan 27-29
Here are your Weekend Vibes, what’s happening in Southwest Florida Jan 27-29. The last weekend of the first month of the New Year is going to be a good one if you want to get out and have some fun.
It’s a good weekend to eat chili in Southwest Florida and we’ll tell you where.
Weekend food events
It’s going to be a little cooler again this weekend, perfect for warm, savory foods like chili. Scroll down and you’ll find two different events featuring this popular winter dish. If your more of a sweet than a savory person, there something for you too. Especially if you are a fan of The Bubble Room Restaurant on Captiva Island.
There is both bad and good news for you. Unfortunately the iconic restaurant is still closed from Hurricane Ian damage. However, the good news is that Broadway Palm Dinner Theater in Fort Myers is opening their kitchen for a Bubble Room pop-up event. If you want some of their comforting sweet treats, you can get them from the back of the theater Friday through Sunday. All of the details are here.
Finally, if you have any events you would like us to know about, send the info here.
One more thing, we do understand that a new year does not wipe away the old challenges. Many businesses in Southwest Florida are still closed and many people still without a place to live due to Hurricane Ian. However, more places are opening and more residents are finding relief. If you feel like getting out and about, we have a few ideas here. But then again, if you are still not feeling so great mentally that is OK. We want to offer you some resources so click here to find some that might be of benefit.
In the meantime, here are your Weekend Vibes, what’s happening in Southwest Florida Jan 27-29
Joe Winner spends his days combing through memes and off beat stories to bring you the side of Florida not always seen.