The Dove Daily Update 

Hurricane Matthew Strengthens To Cat 2

  • 3:41 am Friday, September 30th, 2016 by Ann Kelly

Matthew has already strengthened to a Category Two Hurricane. It reached hurricane status just yesterday afternoon and right now is expected to still make a northerly turn, brushing the east coast of Florida. But that track can change and for updates throughout the weekend, check with the Dove Hurricane Center.

You’ll want to check ahead before heading to the beach. High levels of bacteria and algae have triggered health advisories for beaches in Clearwater and Caladesi in Pinellas County and for Ben T Davis in Hillsborough. You can log on to visitbeaches.org for updated information.

New rules go into effect [More]

Federal Disaster Dollars For Florida

  • 4:44 am Thursday, September 29th, 2016 by Ann Kelly

In the wake of Hurricane Hermine, President Obama signed a Florida disaster declaration on Wednesday. That means federal dollars will become available for many counties. In the Bay area that include Pinellas, Pasco, and Hillsborough counties and you can start applying for funds today. You can do that online, or call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing- or speech-impaired.  There’s also help on the way from the federal government to fight Zika. Congress approved $1.1 billion dollars in funding yesterday.

We have another tropical storm to watch this weekend. Tropical Storm Matthew is moving to the west but [More]

Agreement Reached For Rideshare Rules

  • 3:46 am Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 by Ann Kelly

There may be an agreement between Uber and Lyft, and the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Committee. Thetwo ridesharing companies agreed to a fifteen month trial period for most of the rules the Committee proposed. That means a level two background check along with paying the state’s minimum insurance policy and pass a fingerprint inspection.

The Metropolitan Planning Organization has meeting scheduled for next Tuesday, Oct 4th to talk about adding a toll lane to the Howard Frankland Bridge as part of the TBX project. Some members of the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Committee aren’t happy with the proposed plan which would [More]

Red Tide Returns

  • 3:43 am Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 by Ann Kelly

Red Tide is back, affecting the waters from Sarasota all the way up to Pinellas County. Dead fish have been washing up onshore, along with the resulting smell. It’s also causing some sneezing and watery eyes. There’s a new red tide report due from Florida Fish and Wildlife on Wednesday, but to check how your beach is doing go to visitbeaches.org.

Governor Scott is making changes to the way toxic spills are to be reported to the Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection as a result of the recent water contamination at the Mosaic Plant. That spill went on for [More]

Bucs Drop Home Opener

  • 5:49 am Monday, September 26th, 2016 by Ann Kelly

The Bucs let a ten point lead slip away and lost in their home opener at Raymond James Stadium Sunday to the Rams 37-32. That leaves the team with a 1-2 record with the next game at home against the Denver Broncos Sunday with a 4:05 pm kickoff.

Up to 50 good Samaritans pitched in free a nine year-old girl who was trapped under an SUV that rolled over after an accident Saturday on 75 near Gibsonton Drive. The driver and two other passengers, all from Port Charlotte were able to get out on their own and are out of the [More]

Home Opener For Bucs

  • 8:55 am Sunday, September 25th, 2016 by Ann Kelly

It’s  big day at Raymond James Stadium with the premier of the highly-touted renovations that include the massive video screens, and an even bigger day for the Bucs who will try to forget last week’s nasty 40-7 loss to Arizona. The home opener kickoff against the Rams is set for 4:05 pm.

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo has a new baby rhino. Kipenzi was born on Sept. 12, and  her name means “loved one” in Swahili. She’ll be out with the rest of the herd after she and her Mom get to know each other better. Photo is courtesy of Lowry Park Zoo, Facebook.

St Pete Sewer Scandal

  • 7:04 am Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 by Ann Kelly

The St. Petersburg sewer scandal has cost 2 City workers their jobs and may end up costing residents more money. A vote to raise storm water and sewer fees, goes to a vote today.

The alleged crater cover up continues in Mulberry. The first well water tests are back and reveal no impact yet but officials say we could be seeing an impact for years. If you notice a smell, discoloration or bad taste in your water, don’t use it and get it tested.

Another recall for Blue Bell Ice Cream after bacteria was found in the Chocolate Chip Dough flavored product. 2 people died [More]

Samsung Phones Recalled

  • 3:53 am Friday, September 16th, 2016 by Ann Kelly

Samsung has issued a recall for all Galaxy Note 7 Smartphones for what they say are serious fire and burn hazards,. There have been reports of phone batteries catching on fire, and the FAA doesn’t want you to bring them on planes, even if they’re turned off. Click here for full return information.

Tampa will keep the red light camera program for another two years. City Council voted 4-3 at yesterday’s meeting to extend the contract with American Traffic Solutions through October of 2018. So far the city may make $2 million this year, and that figure is based on [More]

Hillsborough Co PTC Looks At Proposed Rideshare Rules

  • 4:05 am Thursday, September 15th, 2016 by Ann Kelly

At yesterday’s meeting of the Hillsborough County Public Transportation to talk about proposed new rules for ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft it looks like the PTC is willing to drop their demand for a $7 minimum fares and a required wait time of seven minutes for passengers, but want to keep mandatory fingerprinting for all drivers. Their next meeting to vote on the rules is Oct. 13th.

Pinellas County Commissioners talked about the more than millions of gallons of sewage that been released into Tampa Bay after Hurricane Hermine, and how to prevent that in the future. One [More]

Protestors Disrupt Pier Presentation

  • 3:33 am Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 by Ann Kelly

The first of three meetings designed to give us a better idea of what the new St Pete Pier got off to a rocky start last night at the Roberts Recreation Center. Protesters showed up to voice their concern over the sewage dumping into the Bay by the city after Hurricane Hermine. Tonight’s meeting will be at the J.W. Cate Recreation Center on 22nd Avenue North. The final workshop is scheduled for next Tuesday at the Lake Vista Recreation Center 1401 62nd Avenue South. All meetings start at 6 pm.

The Public Transportation Commission will be talking about the [More]