Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn gave his annual State of the City address yesterday from Kiley Gardens, next to Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Park. Mayor Buckhorn said despite financial and political challenges he sees a great deal of progress in the city’s growth. He also introduced a new program called Autism Tampa, The city is working with USF’s Canter for Autism and Related Disabilities to make Tampa a more autism-friendly city.
Academy award winner Viola Davis spoke to an overflow crowd at USF yesterday about her hard life before she found fame. Davis said seeing Cicely Tyson in “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pitman” was a turning point in her life. Her appearance was the finale to the USF lecture series.
It looks like the season is over for the Tampa Bay Lightning. They lost to the Bruins last night and unless they win all three of their remaining games, they will not get that final wildcard slot.
Lower water levels could mean a higher level of being hit by a jumping sturgeon. Florida Fish and Wildlife say the sturgeon are now moving upstream to spawn from the Gulf to the Suwanee River. They’re also likely to jump out of the water while swimming and since 2006 there have been over 40 boaters have been hit, or almost hit. One death reported when a five year old girl died and other family members injured.
St Petersburg’s Joanne Larson is $13 million dollars richer. Larson won a Florida Lottery Jackpot back in March and will take a lump-sum payment of just over $8.6 million.