Posted: 3:46 am Tuesday, September 6th, 2016
By Ann Kelly
The Anclote River finally started to recede over the weekend, and now residents in one of the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Hermine’s flooding are going to back to see what is left of their homes. So far the county says at least 825 homes and businesses were damaged. County workers helped out with cleaning supplies and bottled water. Pasco County has not released damage estimates, but in Hernando County they say it could reach $8 million.
Patients may be allowed to return to the Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson starting today. A fire last week not only took out the power, it also took out the backup power. The 209 patients were evacuated to other medical facilities. An inspection by the Agency for Health Care Administration was scheduled for today.
Some changes starting today at Tampa International Airport. The Blue arrival and departure areas will be closed between 8 pm and 4 am for construction of the new SkyConnect guideway. If you’re traveling on this affects passengers on American, Delta, JetBlue and United all pick-ups and drop-offs will be directed to short term parking. You should park in the short term parking garage and take the blue elevators to baggage claim. Parking fees will be waived for drop-offs and pick-ups.
It was no day off for Hillsborough County Mosquito Control. They spent Monday spraying insecticide around the southern areas of the county. All the rain left behind my Hermine leaves breeding ground for mosquitoes which could carry the Zika virus.
Things are going a little slowly for demolition of what remains of the old St Pete Pier. Contractors are some seven months behind schedule, but the city says that’s due to safety concerns for the demolition crew due to the way the old Pier was constructed and modified over the years. City Assistant Engineering Director Michael Ryle told the Times the demo phase should be done now by the end of the month.
You’ll have to do without your Starbuck at Tampa Airport for a couple of weeks. The Times says it’s shutting down for renovations, and when it does reopen after the million dollar remodel it will be known as Starbucks Evenings. In addition to getting your caffeine fix, you’ll also be order to wine, beer, and small plates