Posted: 3:48 am Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Hillsborough County Commissioners Approve Noise Ordinance 

By Ann Kelly

Hillsborough County Commissioners unanimously a noise ordinance yesterday that would fine pet owners up to $500, but decided to wait on a proposal to ban the commercial sale of pets. They’ll talk about that more at their next meeting on the 17th.  There’s more on this story in this morning’s Tampa Bay Times.

Duke Energy is asking for a rate increase to help pay for the $82 million in costs they incurred with the cancelation of the Levy County nuclear power plant. If it is approved look for $2.51 increase in bills starting in January of 2018.

Governor Scott declared a state of emergency yesterday, with a new bill that will allow for $27 million in federal funding per year for the next two years to help fight opioid and heroin addiction. The funding will go toward prevention, treatment and recovery services.

The Tampa Bay Rowdies have what they want. Voters in St Petersburg pass that special referendum by an overwhelming 87% in favor of a 25-year lease for the Rowdies which could lead to a Major League Soccer team calling Al Lang home. But that vote came from less than 20% of registered voters who actually did vote. The Bill Edwards group and an investors group say they have $80 million dollars set aside for renovations to the stadium.

Hernando County Sheriff’s Deputies believe they’ve busted a dog fighting ring in Brooksville. Deputies had originally gone to a home to investigate possible code violations and found dogs chained up on county property. They were taken to Hernando County Animal Services shelter. If you’d like to check into adopting one of the dogs, call HCAS at (352) 796-5062.

Sea turtle nesting season is underway, so watch for nests on the beach, and make sure to dim those lights at night if you live at the beach. Hatchlings could head the wrong way if you don’t. There’s also quite a few volunteers checking nests daily. here’s also quite a few volunteers checking nests daily. The Sea Turtle Patrol from Mote Marine laboratory found their first nests just this week.

Burn bans remain in place for most Bay area counties. But despite that many fire departments are actually seeing an increase in open fires like bonfires. That carries a heavy fine, and if you’re not sure about the rules in your area, please check here.