The brush fire in Hernando County has burned over 650 acres and is only 50% contained as of the latest update. The fire in on the Weekiwachee Preserve. Roads remain closed to all but local traffic for Shoal Line Blvd between Osowaw Boulevard and Linda Pederson Park on Shoal Line Boulevard. Real time updates are available on Twitter from Hernando County Fire Rescue @HernandoCoFire or the Florida Forest Service Withlacoochee @FFS_Withlacooch. One last word of advice – for those of you who have tried fly drones through the area DO NOT FLY DRONES in the area of the #Watertower fire in Hernando Beach. You’re interfering with the work of the firefighters.
Going out of business sales started at HHGregg stores over the weekend after the company announced they weren’t able to find someone to buy the chain in bankruptcy court. 220 stores will close nationwide including four in the Bay area.
Federal budget cuts may cut some Amtrak routes in Central Florida. Funding for the Sanford Auto Train cut as well as long-distance passenger service across Florida.
Clearwater Beach is growing again and adding nine new hotels. A total of 27 new hotels are in the works for the Bay area according to the Tampa Bay Times. That will add around 4,000 new rooms