St Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman unveiled his plan for the city’s sewage problems at yesterday’s City Council meeting, a plan that comes with a hefty price tag of $304 million dollars. The city has about half that amount and may ask taxpayers to foot the rest of the bill through the renewal of the “Penny for Pinellas” tax. Part of that plan would include the expanding the water capacity at all three wasterwater plants and making sure there are working backup system. Engineers estimate that work would go well into 2012
Tampa City Council approved the creation of a dog park in honor of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Deputy John Kotfila Jr at yesterday’s meeting. Deputy Kotfila died when he drove his own cruiser into the path of a wrong-way driver, saving the life of another driver on the Crosstown Expressway this past March. The park will be right underneath the Expressway on land now owned by the Hillsborough County Expressway Authority. That picture is from Deputy Kotfila’s Facebook Memorial Page.
The Bucs went down to defeat against Atlanta in last night’s game 43-28. Bucs quarterback Jamies Winston left the game with just seven minutes left after being tackled pretty hard. Before the game, the Bucs inducted former Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety John Lynch into the Ring of Honor at Raymond James Stadium. The Bucs will finish up their three-game homestand against Chicago Nov. 13.
The World Series champion Chicago Cubs get their big parade in the city today. The team will start things off leaving from Wrigley Field at 10 am, and head to Grant Park for a noon rally. You can watch the live stream of what’s being called the “Celebration of a Century” here. That kicked off at 6:30 am.
Residents of Redington Beach aren’t happy with what they consider too many rentals. The town already has an ordinance that is supposed to prohibit short-term rentals. At last night’s meeting leaders decided to hire two lawyers to see how they can better enforce that ordinance.
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.