Posted: 4:20 am Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Tropical Storm Cindy; Changes For Channelside 

By Ann Kelly

 

There are two tropical storms to watch. Tropical Storm Cindy will be our rainmaker as it heads up through the Gulf and will drench the Gulf coast from the Florida Panhandle over to Louisiana. Tropical Storm Bret should weaken and fall apart before long. We have the latest online right now.

Big changes are coming to Channelside Bay Plaza, Approval was given earlier this week to demolish part of the Plaza to give visitors a better waterfront view. Plans also call for some restaurants already in Channelside to move to the new space. There will also be pedestrian trails and for now, a temporary waterfront park.

The St Pete Pride Parade is Saturday night and the St Pete Police Department has begun handing out rainbow decals to local business that will designate them as “safe place” for the LGBT community. If someone feels harassed or threatened that decal would show them a safe place to go. You can request those decals directly from the SPPD.

If you drive Gandy Blvd. every day there’s good news. The western lanes of the new overpass are open, and the eastbound lanes should be open next month. When it’s all done each direction will have three lanes open to traffic between 275 and MLK, then down to two lanes between MLK and 4th St N.

The Clearwater Redevelopment Agency wants to bring new businesses to downtown Clearwater and they’re making it worthwhile. The Anchor Tenant Redevelopment Agency is offering anchor businesses up to $2500, 000 and that loan would not have to be repaid if they stay in business for at least five years.

The Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization voted to go ahead with the planned addition of more than 90 miles of toll lanes to the interstate system among other improvements at yesterday’s meeting. Tampa Bay Next will remain a part of the plan despite some opposition. Look for the Howard Frankland Bridge to also be rebuilt as part of that plan.