Posted: 3:40 am Friday, October 21st, 2016
By Ann Kelly
St Pete City Council took a look at the redevelopment plans for the Trop at yesterday’s meeting and the big difference now is that the 175 interstate ramp stays where it is. But some City Council members still question what they view as a lack of affordable housing that would access entertainment and retail areas in the plan.
Leaky sewer pipes seem to be a big part of the sewage overflow problem in St Pete. Consultants told City Council yesterday groundwater is getting into those old pipes and when we have heavy downpours the city sewer system can’t handle it. The city has $8 million dollars designated for repairs, and does plan to try and reopen the now closed Albert Whitted Airport sewer plant by the middle of next year.
The Better Business Bureau of West Florida has put out the word to watch for flood-damaged cars being sold in the Bay area. We’re third on the list of states where it’s done the most. The BBB says to check the VIN numbers and use a dealer you trust.
The final phase of demolition on what remained of the old St Pete Pier is over and now it’s on to construction of the new Pier. That will start sometime after the first of the year with a projected completion date of 2018.
The Tampa Bay Lightning came out on top as the most valuable franchise in sports according to ESPN The Magazine. Out of 122 teams from the four major sports the Lightning were ranked #1. The Bucs were much lower on the list at 73rd, up from 91st. But the Rays actually fell from their spot at 45th to 90th. But even the best can have an off night. The Bolts lost their first game of the season at the Trop yesterday, falling to the Avalanche in a 4-0 shutout.
The Buc’s Vincent Jackson is out with an ACL injury. He has been place on injured reserve for now. Jackson had an MRI Tuesday after he experienced pain in his left knee after the win over the Panther’s where he played the entire game. The Bucs are in San Francisco for Sunday’s 4:05 pm kickoff.