The Dove Daily Update 

Brush Fire Triggers Starkey Park Evacuation

  • 12:33 pm Sunday, April 30th, 2017 by Ann Kelly

A brush fire that began around Gunn Highway and State Road 54 this morning is spreading rapidly. Pasco County Fire Rescue, along with Florida Fire Services  have been fighting the growing flames and as a result has shut down and evacuate Starkey Wilderness Park in Pasco County. The Florida National Guard has also come in to help and are using Blackhawk helicopters to drop water on the fire which is spreading very quickly with winds gusting 10-15 mph.

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Hillsborough County bans open burning

  • 5:15 am Friday, April 28th, 2017 by Mimi Lawson

Hillsborough is the latest county to ban open burning yesterday, just as several new brush fires broke out in the Bay area. .  One of those fires closed I-4 in Seffner during rush hour. More than 100 fires continue to burn in the State, as Florida continues to experience a severe drought.

2 Sulfur fires in less than 2 weeks at the Tampa Port Authority have closed the area until a plan can be put into place to stop these issues.

The expansion of Tampa International airport was showcased during last night’s open house. The new complex will include more parking, retail stores, a hotel and several restaurants.

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Whiskey and Wheaties bill passes

  • 5:02 am Thursday, April 27th, 2017 by Mimi Lawson

The so called “Whiskey and Wheaties” bill passed the Florida Legislature yesterday. The new law would allow groceries and convenience stores to sell liquor in the same space with beer and wine.

Authorities suspect teens are responsible for starting 5 wildfires minutes apart in Pasco County this week.

Also in Tallahassee yesterday, a formal apology was made to the survivors of the Dover School for Boys. Several of the men are planning a lawsuit.

A Lakeland man is in jail facing charges in connection with breaking Polk County’s open burn ban and later threatening first responders and Polk Sheriff Grady Judd with bodily [More]

Schools in Hillsborough to open earlier

  • 4:59 am Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 by Mimi Lawson

Late yesterday afternoon, the Hillsborough County School Board approved earlier starting times for students in Elementary and Middle Schools. It would go into effect in the 2018-2019 school year.

Campbell Elementary principal Christine Hoffman has been transferred after an email scandal at the school. More disciplinary action may be taken.

Uncle John’s Pride, a Tampa company, is recalling approximately 139,909 pounds of ready-to-eat smoked meat and poultry sausage products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials. The suspected products are branded as GARCIA BRAND BEEF SMOKED SAUSAGE .

Another suspicious fire shut down State Road 54 in Seven Springs yesterday. Officials are using  [More]

St Pete Firefighters Help Fight Wildfires

  • 8:45 am Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 by Mimi Lawson

Clearwater City Council Buys Aquarium Property

  • 4:07 am Friday, April 21st, 2017 by Ann Kelly

Clearwater City Council voted unanimously not to sell a tract of land in downtown Clearwater that the Church of Scientology wanted to buy, currently owned by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. The city will buy the property at Pierce Street and Osceola Avenue. It’s slated to be a part of the 10-year, $55 million overhaul project along the waterfront and Coachman Park

We officially have our first named tropical system. Tropical Storm Arlene is way out in the Atlantic and not a threat to Florida. Forecasters expect it to dissipate later today. Keep an eye on the weather this weekend here.

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No Black Bear Hunts For Now

  • 3:43 am Thursday, April 20th, 2017 by Ann Kelly

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is putting a hold on black bear hunts until at least 2019 by a 4-3 vote. They’ll take another look their bear management plan in two years but for now their studies say the majority of Floridians do not want a hunt this year.

Now where is the nation’s deadliest highway? It’s not I-4 according to Geotab, it’s a stretch of US 1 that has had the most fatal crashes over the last ten years in three categories. Distracted driving was cited as one of the big reasons for the wrecks. You [More]

More Expansion Plans For TIA

  • 3:26 am Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 by Ann Kelly

Officials at Tampa International Airport gave us a look what that $543 million dollars second phase of planned improvements will look like. Part of that will be a curbside drop-off for passengers without luggage and taking seventeen acres of undeveloped property and using that for retail space. We’ll show you more here.

School hours will not chance for Hillsborough County students for now. New hours will be announced at the School Board meeting on April 25th but those will not go into effect until August 2018. We have complete details on those new start times right here.

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Tax Deadline Day Freebies

  • 3:49 am Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 by Ann Kelly

Yes. Today is tax deadline day. But if you’re still working on that last-minute return and think you deserve a reward there’s a lot of freebies out there from cookies to subs, BBQ and even free shredding from Office Depot. We’ll show you just where to go by clicking here.

School hours will not chance for Hillsborough County students for now. New hours will be announced at the School Board meeting on April 25th but those will not go into effect until August 2018. We have complete details on those new start times right here.

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New Wildfire Erupts

  • 3:54 am Monday, April 17th, 2017 by Ann Kelly

Fire crews are battling yet another wildfire in the Withlacoochee State Forest. The 400 acre blaze is about 23 miles away from Brooksville near State Road 471 and Center Road and is being fought with bulldozers and choppers. The Florida Fire Service ask us all to stay away from the area.

Governor Scott declared a state of emergency last week and put the Florida National Guard on standby to use UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters to help fight the growing number of wildfires across the state. Burn bans will continue for Pasco, Hernando, Polk and Citrus Counties, And with more than 100 wildfires [More]