Posted: 3:54 am Tuesday, October 4th, 2016
By Ann Kelly
Governor Scott declared a state of emergency for all Florida counties on Monday. The governor canceled a cabinet meeting to visit emergency operations center along the southeast coast of the state. Hurricane Matthew’s current track would affect the east coast of Florida and the Keys. Hurricane Matthew strengthened a bit overnight, and is still a category four storm with winds of 145 mph. For updates check with the Dove Hurricane Guide.
Cruise lines are also making preparations that may affect your travel plans. If you were planning to leave from Port Canaveral, you may have already received notice of those changes. There are travel warnings out from the State Department about travel to countries like Haiti and the Bahamas. You can check here for updates from the Disney cruise line, Royal Caribbean and Carnival.
There will be no toll lane on the Howard Frankland Bridge. The Florida Department of Transportation changed their mind on the proposal to add the lane when the bridge undergoes rebuilding in 2019. The two public hearings for this week have been canceled but they plan to reschedule them when they have a new plan.
If you take the Crosstown Expressway get ready for a brief closure later this week The Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority said they will close the Expressway on Thursday from noon to 2:30 p.m. from downtown Tampa to US 301.
A new survey from Apartmentlist.com shows it’s getting more expensive to rent in Florida. The average monthly rent in Miami for instance is $2,300. Rent in Tampa may be a little more reasonable at $1,200 but is rising faster than any other city in the state. Right now in St Pete the average monthly rent is a little higher at $1,300.
Google is getting into the production of hardware. They will release a smartphone today called the Pixel. It will use an artificial intelligence technology so you can basically talk with it and skip the keyboard. Google said there is more on the way.