Just one day before a Cuban delegation visits Florida to talk about business opportunities, Governor Scott warned ports in Florida not to do business with what he called a Cuban dictatorship. There is no formal agreement yet between the Port of Tampa and Cuba, but they will be here on Feb 1st and 2nd to talk more about it. The full story is in this morning’s Tampa Bay Times.
Paul Sireci, the director of public safety at the Tampa International Airport is retiring at the same time his deputy chief, Ralph Anthony announced his own resignation in March. He will not be replaced and TIA will start looking for a new director of public safety. No one is saying why the two are stepping down but a recent survey by Workplace Dynamics showed there was what they called more negativity in that department than others at TIA but with better scores than last year.
The Manatee County Sheriff’s office found two infants in the back seat of an SUV in a Sarasota gas station parking lot, where two adults were passed out in the front seat. Delaney Crissinger had drugs in her hands and there was a loaded syringe right next to a bottle of formula. William Ballard was also arrested and both face drug charges and child neglect charges.
The largest ice hockey and sports facility in Florida is open in Wesley Chapel. Florida Hospital Center Ice not only has three NHL size rinks they can put a hard floor down over the ice for other sports like basketball. It will be open seven days and week with a restaurant.
The Armed Forces History Museum in Largo will close for good after this Sunday. You’ll be able to pay a final visit for free from noon-4 pm. The museum had been losing money and decided to close the doors, but will offer the free day for one last look. The museum is in Largo on 34th Way North.
The Florida State Fair has kicked off the third annual People’s Choice Fare Favorites and they’re looking beyond just burgers. You can see who’s in the running and vote at floridastatefair.com through Jan. 30. The winner will be announced Jan. 31.