Posted: 3:40 am Tuesday, September 13th, 2016
By Ann Kelly
The Tampa Sports Authority will allow the Sunset Music Festival back on the ground of Raymond James Stadium next year, despite two drug-related deaths at the last festival. More than 50 ambulance runs also took place. Mayor Bob Buckhorn is not in favor of the TSA’s decision.
The Bucs start the season with win against Atlanta on Sunday but lose defensive end Jacquies Smith to a torn ACL. The right knee injury will keep him out for the rest of the year. Up next for the Bucs will be the Arizona Cardinals at 4:05 pm Sunday in Arizona. The Bucs home opener at Raymond James Stadium is the 25th against the Rams.
Why are there so many dead birds around the beaches in St Pete Beach? It may be due to the sewage release by the city of St Pete after Hurricane Hermine. 45 young Black Skimmers have been found and they are an endangered species. The Florida Shorebird Alliance has been keeping track of what’s going on and they sadly say more will probably found. Check The Times for the full story.
Mayor Buckhorn also does not agree with the new rules for rideshare services like Uber and Lyft and spoke out a press conference yesterday. The Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission wants background checks for drivers among other rules. The Mayor said he thinks the PTC has “long outlived its usefulness,” in a story in the Times and also referred to it as a “dinosaur.” If you’d like to weigh in, the next meeting of the Public Transportation Commission to talk about those ridesharing rules is tomorrow at 9 am in the County Commissioners Board Room on Kennedy Blvd.
A Tampa man who survived the Pulse nightclub shootings died at his home yesterday. Chris Brodman was found outside his home Sunday morning. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Dept. is handling the investigation.
Three meetings this week will give us a better idea of what the new St Pete Pier will look like which is a few months behind schedule on demolition for now. Today’s meeting will start at 6 pm at the Roberts Recreational Center. You’ll also have the chance to see, and give your opinion on the progress at meeting Wednesday.
There’s a new tropical storm, but no threat to land. Ian formed out in the Atlantic yesterday, and will go east of Bermuda and head out to sea. Meanwhile, Pasco debris pickup is underway after Hurricane Hermine, and crews will be out seven days a week. Put the debris by the curb, and they ask you do not bag the debris and separate it out so crews can take care of it appropriately. To see when crews will be in your area, just click here.