Posted: 3:45 am Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Florida Posts Record Tourism Numbers 

By Ann Kelly

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heremineDespite obstacles like hurricanes and zika, it looks like tourism in Florida is doing well. Governor Scott said yesterday we had more than 85 million visitors for the first nine months of this year. And that’s a record setting number. Pinellas and Hillsborough County are a big part of that with record setting bed tax collection numbers. You can see more on that story in the Tampa Bay Times.

One guy did more than $80,000 in damage to cars parked in the McNulty Lofts Condos last week by punching and kicking them after he broke in. Donovan Franklin was caught on video surveillance doing the damage last Wednesday and was arrested yesterday and is sitting in jail on a $19,000 bond. He was turned in by a friend of Franklin’s father who saw the tape.

Tampa-International-AirportIf you’re flying out of TIA the blue side terminal will be open for the busy Thanksgiving travel weekend. Construction continues at the airport so add lots of extra time.

The Big Bend Power Plant is well-known for two things – the winter home for manatees looking for the warm water, and that candy cane striped chimney. That chimney will soon be a thing of the past. Officials at the plant say it just doesn’t blend in with the newer ones.

Ambushes on law enforcement officers over the weekend, one here on Sanibel may have departments pairing up officers so no one rides alone. Four officers were shot, two fatally in Florida, Missouri and Texas. One suspect is in custody in the San Antonia shooting.