Still no word on exactly what is making pelicans sick in Coffee Pot Bayou. Some had died, and others rescued and taken to Owl’s Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife. They released some of the birds back into the wild yesterday at North Shore Park. Residents in the area realized that there was a problem with the pelican’s right after we had a cold snap earlier this month that also triggered a fish kill in Riviera Bay Lake.
A brief scare for residents at the Tampa Marriot Waterside around 8 pm last when they were evacuated due to a fire on the roof. Workers were cleaning up after doing work that day when the fire broke out. Tampa Fire and Rescue had it out quickly and everyone was allowed back inside.
The “can you hear me” scam is back in the Bay area. It’s actually a recorded call, and if you answer “yes” that’s also recorded. Once they have you saying that, they use to order all kinds of things, with your alleged permission. If you get one of those call hang up. You can also report it to police or the FTC.
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.
Tampa City Council recently passed an ordinance that now bans smokeless tobacco at Tropicana Field, as well as city parks and recreation areas. That goes into effect for the upcoming season with the support of the Rays and Major League Baseball.
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.