Could Oldsmar be the next home of the Rays? Mayor Doug Bevis made a pitch for the city yesterday to be constructed on 120 acres of land west of Tampa Bay Downs. The mayor does not believe traffic will be a problem for the city and thinks the Veterans Expressway Tampa Rd can handle the additional vehicles. There’s also talk of using the existing railroad tracks for a train that would run between his city and add connections to places like Tampa, St Pete and Clearwater. Photo courtesy WTSP Ten News and Francisco Semsch Architecture and Construction.
Take it easy if you’re heading over to Orland0 this weekend. A new survey from EverDrive says I-4 is the most dangerous interstate in the country. The highway averaged 1.4 fatalities per mile between 2010 and 2015. Distracted driving may have had a lot to do with that since Florida also ranks second worst in the county for phone use while driving. Two other roads in Florida are also ranked among the most dangerous – I-95 and I-10
Be careful at the beach as well. A new safety campaign has been launched by communities along our Gulf Beach to protect pedestrians. “Walk With Care, Drive Aware” wants drivers especially along Gulf Drive to be extra careful now that we’re into tourist season. The Rotary Club of the Gulf Beaches, the Treasure Island Police Department, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, and Bike/Walk Tampa Bay all are part of the campaign.
The Cubs evened things up in game two of the World Series beating the Indians 5-1. Game three now shifts to Chicago with the first pitch scheduled for 8 pm tonight.
There’s another monkey on the loose in the Bay area. A Rhesus Macaque was seen in Hudson Beach. If you do see it call the Wildlife Alert Hotline toll-free at 1-888-404-3922, and don’t try to catch it. They can carry the potentially deadly Herpes B virus. That can be transmitted through a bite or scratch.
Disaster Recovery Centers are wrapping up their work in the aftermath of Hurricane Hermine this week and will be closing. But Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency are still at work in eight counties that include Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas at least through the deadline to file on November 29th.