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Liking it in Florida

Learning more about our Florida community

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My talk with the $25,000-winning ‘Navigator of the Year’

I got the grand opportunity to meet an owner-operator at the Great American Trucking Show last week who holds something of a grand distinction of being the only OO I know who's had a $25,000 check written to him just for being who he is. That owner-operator is St. Louis-based Edward Crumer (pictured), leased to Allied Van Lines and hauling for Florida-based agent Sorensen Moving & Storage in a 1997 Freightliner FLD. Rand McNally, with ...

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The great tomato heist — Cargo thieves still operating in plain sight

I missed this report from the New York Times a week and a half back, about a sophisticated cargo-theft ring operating a seemingly legitimate trucking company in Florida, with a twist. The freight targeted wasn't consumer electronics or cigarettes or pharmaceuticals. "The high price of produce, especially for tomatoes after the deep winter freezes," reporter William Neuman leads the Times piece, "has attracted more than heightened attention from consumers. A ring of sophisticated vegetable bandits ...

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A produce hauler’s legacy: ‘Best job I ever hated’

Floridian Ed Kimball created a family legacy when he hauled bananas from the Sunshine state in the 1950s.

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Be the next Owner-Operator of the Year

Drivers can be nominated for the Overdrive Truckload Carriers Association Owner-Operator of the Year award through Oct. 29.

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Hours rules exemption extended in Gulf states

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced the second extension of its temporary lifting of hours-of-service rules for haulers of some emergency supplies to four southeast coastal states because of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Haulers of certain loads are exempt from HOS until June 30 at 11:59 p.m. ET if transporting to or from the states, both within the affected region and outside it. FMCSA originally had declared a regional emergency affecting Louisiana, ...

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States waiving hours rules

Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, Missouri and Mississippi are waiving the hours-of-service rules for truckers.

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