The brush fire in Hernando County has burned over 1100 acres and is 90% contained as of the latest update in the Weekiwachee Preserve. Roads have reopened but Hernando County Fire Rescue advises anyone traveling the area, especially on Shoal Line Blvd. 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.
Fire crews from Pasco County have two brush fires to deal with in the area of SR 52; one was near the Suncoast Lakes Subdivision and the other and bigger is in the Starkey Wilderness Preserve.
Tampa Bay Times Food Critic Laura Reiley was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in criticism for her “Farm to Fable” series. There were three finalists for that award which went to the New Yorker’s Hilton Als.
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