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 idea was a multi-jurisdictional task force. The city of St Pete has reported at least 128 million gallons going into the Bay waters. In total, that’s 230 gallons combined from with other Bay area communities. The Tampa Bay Times has the latest.
Tampa International Airport will be making even more improvements soon. This time it will be to the airfield thanks to a $5.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Look for more energy-efficient LED lighting and new markings for multiple taxiways.
Three Manatees that were trapped when the floodwaters from Hurricane Hermine receded will be rescued by Florida Fish and Wildlife from the Plantation on Crystal River golf course today. The pond they are in is filled hydrilla, with one of their favorite foods so they didn’t go hungry.
New water taxi service is on the way for Madeira Beach. The Tampa Bay Taxi and Ferry will have two boats running between Madeira Beach, Treasure Island and St. Petersburg. A one-way trip will be $10, and a day pass will go for $19.50.
He was known as Bart, the Zombie cat after literally rising the dirt where his former had buried him, thinking he had died after being hit by a car. Now Bart will officially be adopted by an employee of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay that has been caring for him for the last two years.