Kevin Spear, Orlando Sentinel

Kevin Spear

Orlando Sentinel

Orlando, FL, United States

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Past articles by Kevin:

$69M federal grant will start Orlando airport Terminal C improvements

New gates, pedestrian bridge to train station and moving sidewalks will be funded by $69 million in federal infrastructure funding, U.S. Rep. Darren Soto announced Monday. → Read More

Brightline poised to set Florida train speed record on tracks to Orlando’s airport

Brightline will begin test runs across east Orange County at speeds of up to 125 mph. → Read More

Robinson Street overhaul nears end of design, with early work set for this summer

FDOT to hold last planned public meeting Tuesday, Feb. 28, on plans for pedestrian, cycling and landscape remake of Robinson Street in Orlando. → Read More

Orlando energy summit seeks reduced utility costs for low-income homes

The Energy Equity Summit by Sierra Club and other energy environmentalists will probe disparity in energy bills for households and the transition from fossil fuels to clean sources of electricity. → Read More

Florida environment groups celebrate court ruling that state springs protections are lax

“The ruling is a huge win for Florida’s springs and its manatees,” said Kim Dinkins, senior conservation associate for Save the Manatee Club. “We’re hopeful that this ruling will help turn the tide for springs before it’s too late.” → Read More

When famous manatee Lil Joe started mouthing his flippers, Disney’s vet went to work

Handsome, lovable and not so bright, Lil Joe was added to the small group of manatees classified as unsuitable for the wild for a variety of reasons. → Read More

12 rescued, rehabbed manatees released at Blue Spring; ‘This is a really good day’

Caretakers release most ever of rehabilitated manatees in one day, a dozen, at Blue Spring in Volusia County. → Read More

JetBlue CEO says Spirit merger will grow flights at Orlando, Fort Lauderdale airports

JetBlue’s CEO Robin Hayes said a merger will Spirit will grow service and destinations from Orlando and Fort Lauderdale. → Read More

Miami airport tops Orlando’s to reclaim title as Florida’s busiest

Miami's airport surpassed Orlando's in 2022 for passengers, claiming a title that MCO has coveted as busiest in Florida. → Read More

Sanford pushes state to investigate Seminole water well contamination

Sanford’s city council authorized staff to take legal action if needed to push the state for clarity in its drawn-out handling of dioxane contamination. → Read More

Feds give Central Florida more time to seek SunRail, Brightline corridor funds

A Federal Railroad Administration announcement Friday gives Central Florida more time to ask for funding for SunRail and Brightline corridor. → Read More

EPA readies final cleanup of Central Florida’s Tower Chemical Superfund site

The Environmental Protection Agency is bringing a pair of giant cranes to tackle Central Florida's Tower Chemical Superfund site. → Read More

Federal grant deadline looms for SunRail, Brightline expansion, official warns

A state DOT official told SunRail officials it's a nail-biter for meeting a federal grant deadline for SunRail, Brightline tracks from the airport to Tampa. → Read More

Only one dead manatee this winter in area of most losses near FPL plant

The toll on manatees in the Indian River east of Orlando has decreased significantly this winter. → Read More

Brightline, SunRail extension complicated by multiple ‘cooks in the kitchen’

'It’s not just one person driving the train.' Sunshine Corridor rail plan becomes complicated by involvement of multiple public and private groups. → Read More

Moving sidewalks a priority for Orlando’s Terminal C, airport director says

Orlando airport director Kevin Thibault said innovative technology is being sought for retrofitting Terminal C with moving sidewalks. → Read More

Walkways too long at Orlando airport’s Terminal C? Changes may be coming

Orlando airport leaders bragged about a “wow” response to the new Terminal C - but some of the wow is in frustration over long walks there. → Read More

UPDATE: FAA grounds all flights across the country until 9a

A Federal Aviation Administration systems outage has grounded all flights across the country until 9 a.m. → Read More

Mayor Demings wary of Universal’s SunRail expansion plan, cites ‘lack of transparency’

Mayor Jerry Demings told Orange County commissioners, “I will not allow myself and this board to be manipulated by those who have their own different agenda at the end of the day that may or may not be in the best interest of our entire community." → Read More

Rare manatee twins are wintering at Blue Spring

Lucky visitors at Blue Spring in Volusia County may catch sight of rare manatee twins being monitored by Save the Manatee Club. → Read More