Historic Eclipse Today Across The US 

Posted: 3:20 am Monday, August 21st, 2017

By Ann Kelly

For the first time in 99 years the US will experience a coast to coast solar eclipse. Hillsborough and Pasco students will be permitted to skip the whole day or parents will be allowed to pick them up for a half day. Students will need a note for the day off in Pinellas. For safety info and more from NASA and award-winning historical astronomer Dr.Steve Ruskin, click here. There are numerous eclipse viewing parties and events all over Tampa Bay.

An algae bloom in Old Tampa Bay is killing fish from Safety Harbor to the south end of the Bayside Bridge. Pinellas County Environmental Management says this isn’t out of the ordinary for this time of year. To report any issues where you live call the FWC’s Fish Kill Hotline at 800-636-0511 or log on to their web site.

The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority is looking for up to 1,600 volunteers to be a part of the Connected Vehicle Pilot Program set to kick off in May of 2018. An antenna and new rear view mirror will be attached to volunteer’s cars that can “talk” to other cars and traffic signals. The goal is a safer ride and if you do volunteer you’ll get a 30% discount on elevated lane tolls. Click here for more on the story.

A firefighter from Bradenton may have hooked a world record grouper at an annual fishing tournament over the weekend. James Taylor was at the St Pete Open and brought in a 409 pound Warsaw grouper. The spear fishing tournament is annual event and is promoted as the largest in the world.

And for more on the life of Jerry Lewis who died over the weekend at 91, please click here.