Posted: 4:19 am Friday, September 29th, 2017
By Ann Kelly
The Florida Keys will be back open for tourists as of this Sunday. It was only two weeks ago that up to 25% of all the homes in the Keys were destroyed by Hurricane Irma. The Key West and Marathon airports are open.
Also happening on Sunday, you’ll be able to register to vote online for the first time in Florida. The Division of Elections office hopes more voters will register since this makes it a lot more convenient to actually register. You’ll need a valid state ID or driver’s license to register.
The Hurricane Hunters at NOAA are without one of their most important planes right in the middle of hurricane season. Mechanical issues have kept their Gulfstream jet known as Gonzo grounded for now after having trouble on their last three flights. It may not be able to fly for another week.
One of the young chimpanzees at the Lowry Park Zoo was apparently killed by other chimps in their sleeping quarters Wednesday morning. Keeva just two and a half years old. Their keepers say the rest of the chimps have been very quiet since the attack that no one witnessed.
If you’re looking for tickets to next Thursday night’s prime time game with the Patriots game at Raymond James Stadium, you’re out of luck. It’s sold out. As part of that game the team will honor the late Bucs owner Malcolm Glazer with induction into the Ring of Honor. The Bucs front office said this Sunday’s game against the Giants is also sold out.
Amazon is looking for a second location for a headquarters and both Pinellas and Hillsborough want it to be in their county. There’s an interesting choice for a proposed location in St Pete – it’s the land where the Trop now stands. In Tampa. In Tampa they’re looking at land in Channelside and in downtown Tampa, now being developed by Lightning owner Jeff Vinik.
A massive data breach affecting millions of customers information who ate a Sonic restaurants is now for sale on the dark web. That information started showing up last week and Sonic confirmed it’s for real. What’s not for sure is if Sonic was the only business affected. Take a look here for more information.
More seasonal jobs have opened up, this time with the Post Office. There are job openings in Tampa, St Pete, Ybor City and Orlando. To apply for the jobs that will pay $12 an hour just click here.
The “Burg Buys Local Week” kicked off in St Petersburg on Sunday. The week was created to help small business recover from the losses incurred by Hurricane Irma and runs through October 1st. On the Tampa side, the same initiative begins today with “Shop Gandy.” That event was created by business owners worried about the impact construction on the Selmon Crosstown will have on their sales.
If you’re dealing with a leaky roof after Hurricane Irma, the Army Corps of Engineers has Operation Blue Roof underway. The program is free for homeowners and provides blue tarps put up by licensed contractors. Here’s a link to their site, and you can call for more information at 1-888-ROOF-BLU OR 1-888-7663258.