The 2017 hurricane season officially begins today. Forecasters expect this to be a more active year with up to 17 storms. We had our first named storm in April. For more on storm preparation and safety check the WDUV Hurricane Guide.
Starting today parking in downtown St Pete is going to cost more. Rates on meters will rise from $1 to $1.50 per hour along Beach Drive where it’s usually the most congested. Active meter hours will also change during the week on Beach Drive through 10 pm, and along Central Ave until 8 pm. The city is trying to help out with a free first hour at parking garages in the Municipal Services Center, Sundial and South Core parking garages.
There are now twelve confirmed cases of the “dog flu” in Florida. The outbreak was confirmed at two dog shows. The H3N2 canine influenza has not been blamed for any deaths and they do not believe it can be spread to humans. Symptoms for your pet can be similar to human with runny noses and coughs. We have more information for you here.
A lot of kids who go to All Children’s Hospital may be losing their coverage. The insurance provider United Healthcare and Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg could not come to an agreement on pre-negotiated rates for patient care. They’re not the only business affected. Companies in the Bay area like the city of St. Petersburg, Pinellas County Schools, Raymond James Financial and Charter Communications also carry United for their employees. Negotiations are continuing.