Daily News Briefs, September 13, 2023

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Sanibel Island Restaurants, Shops Report Uptick In Sales On Toll-Free Sundays 

WFTX reports, local businesses on Sanibel and Captiva Islands in Florida are attributing an uptick in sales to a temporary suspension of tolling of the Sanibel Causeway on Sundays. One restaurant owner said business was up 35 percent the first toll-free Sunday in August, and that Sundays have since consistently outperformed other days. The promotional campaign was recently extended by three weeks to last through September.

TRN notes that the current toll for a two-axle vehicle is $6 for drivers with transponders; a $3 fee is added to the toll for pay-by-plate.

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Infrastructure Resilience Investment Becomes An Issue As Weather Disasters Intensify

CNN reports, “It’s been a record-smashing year for the most expensive weather and climate disasters in the United States after severe storms, the deadly Maui wildfire and Hurricane Idalia tipped the scales last month. With four months still left in the year, the US has been hit with 23 disasters that each cost at least $1 billion, according to new data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [NOAA], surpassing the previous annual record of 22 events in 2020.” A spokesperson for the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCN) tells CNN, “These record-breaking and sobering numbers are the latest confirmation of a worsening trend in costly disasters, many of which bear the fingerprints of climate change. In addition to climate change, our choices about how and where we develop and build are also putting more people and more valuable economic assets in harm’s way, raising the toll of disasters when they do happen.” According to a NOAA climatologist, disasters are coming at shorter intervals and in all seasons, stretching the resources of government at all levels. Based on these trends UCN maintains the US needs to “invest much more in getting out ahead of disasters and investing in resilience to better protect people and infrastructure, not just picking up the pieces after the fact.”

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These are just some of the toll industry developments TRN is following.

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