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Jul 01

Put the Phone Down While Driving

Posted on July 1, 2019 at 9:55 AM by Penny Johnston

The Florida Department of Highways Safety and Motor Vehicles is partnering with the Florida Department of Transportation and law enforcement partners to educate Floridians on the changes to distracted driving law with the Put It Down: Focus on Driving campaign. The Wireless Communications While Driving Law, section 316.305, Florida Statutes, takes effect on July 1, 2019. This new law requires drivers to put their phones down and focus on driving.

What is the Wireless Communications While Driving Law?

Section 316.305, Florida Statutes allows law enforcement to stop motor vehicles and issue citations to motorists that are texting and driving. A person may not operate a motor vehicle while manually typing or entering multiple letters, numbers or symbols into a wireless communications device to text, email and instant message.

Section 316.306, Florida Statutes, is a prohibition on using wireless communications devices in a handheld manner in school and work zone.  A person may not operate a motor vehicle while using a wireless communications device in a handheld manner in a designated school crossing, school zone or active work zone area.

Jun 03

10th Street West Construction Begins June 14, 2019

Posted on June 3, 2019 at 8:31 AM by Penny Johnston

10th Street West Construction Begins June 14th 

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and CSX freight railroad will close 10th Street West from 3rd Avenue Drive West to 6th Avenue Drive West while they improve the roads, sidewalks, infrastructure, and rail road tracks on that busy stretch of highway. Construction will begin Friday, June 14th and last an estimated 70 days.


As with any construction project, it will be inconvenient and dusty for a while, but the finished product will provide a much smoother, safer roadway for the center part of Palmetto.


We ask you to pay attention to the new traffic patterns and please be patient.  Carefully follow the posted detour signs as you are traveling east and west, suggesting that you use 17th Street West or 7th Street West to connect to US 301.  We realize this will put a temporary strain on traffic and drivers.  Thank you for your understanding.

Apr 16

Stay Informed

Posted on April 16, 2019 at 10:42 AM by Penny Johnston

From time to time, the City of Palmetto has current information that we would like to share with our residents, communities, and the media. Some news is included with the utility bills, and for the media or some of our communities, we forward the news in an email to the “contact person” and let them disperse the information.  We want you to know the City has a new Code Red phone system, or there is pending state legislation that may affect you, or there are upcoming public events we want to share.


If you are part of a Homeowner’s Association and would like to be kept abreast of the information, please call City Hall at 941-723-4570 and ask to speak with my assistant, Penny Johnston.  She will add your email address to our list… and I promise we will not inundate you with junk mail.


The City staff and elected officials are striving to do the very best for Palmetto, and we want to keep you informed along the way.