Smoky air from the wildfire in Starkey Wilderness Preserve in Pasco County has changed the school day schedule for River Ridge Middle and High schools for the rest of the week. The usual 7:30 am start time will move to 10:45 am with the school day over at 5:10 pm. That lingering smoke could be around for up to a month. Burn bans remain in place for most Bay area counties. The Park remains closed through Sunday,
If you’re not able to take a cruise to Cuba this summer, you’re good for next year. Royal Caribbean said Wednesday the Empress of the Seas will return in summer 2018 for cruises to Cuba. The four and five-night cruises leaving from the Port of Tampa will head to Key West, Costa Maya, Cozumel and Havana, Cuba.
A mother Manatee and her calf were rescued from a canal adjacent to the Harbor View Mobile Manor in New Port Richey Wednesday. They were trapped when repairs to a nearby culvert cut them off and trapped them. They were checked out at Lowry Park Zoo and released.
Skimmers have been found for a second time at a 7-Eleven in Manatee County. If you used the pumps at the 7-Eleven on the 5600 block of 14th Street West in Bradenton. Police say paying inside is the safer way to go to avoid skimmers.