Florida Citrus Industry Takes Historic Hit 

Posted: 3:30 am Thursday, October 12th, 2017

By Ann Kelly

Bad news coming from the Florida citrus growers. Thanks to Hurricane Irma growers believe this year will have lowest yield in 75 years. That adds up to some $800 million dollars in lost crops. The full story is in this morning’s Tampa Bay Times.

 

Hurricane Ophelia made history yesterday as the tenth consecutive storm to reach hurricane status; NOAA predicted 12-16 storms, (15 already) and two to five major. You can track the progress of the storm in the Dove Hurricane Guide.

 

Help for animals displaced by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico is coming from the Suncoast Animal League. They are accepting donations to help with costs, and have already had some $2,000 in donated medical supplies.

 

The rest stops at both ends of the Sunshine Skyway are going to be renovated at a cost of $1.8 million dollars. The work should wrap up in 2018. The southbound rest stop is already closed with demo work starting next week. When that side is down, the northbound side is next and that will include work on the seawall as well.

 

If you’re still waiting for storm debris pickup you also need to know what will not be picked up. The first round of pickups that are underway are for what counties call “vegetative debris” which includes those tree limbs. The second sweep will be for damaged fencing. But residents are responsible for disposing of things like mattresses and other things from the house with storm damage. For county by county pickup rules check the list for yourself here.

 

The Hillsborough County School District’s proposed class schedule was released for the 2018-2019 school year Tuesday. The proposed schedule has high school students starting their day an hour later among other changes. The School Board will vote on the changes at their next meeting Tuesday, October 17th at 3 pm at the district headquarters on Kennedy Blvd. You can see the complete list here.

 

The Bucs have signed former kicker Pat Murray who was with the Bucs in 2014 but was lost to injuries the past few years. Current kicker Nick Folk is now listed on injured reserve, so Murray will be on the field Sunday against Arizona.

 

The Hillsborough County Regional Transit Authority’s new program called “Mission Max” was launched this past weekend Sunday. It was designed with fewer routes that are aimed at providing better and faster connections. For possible changes to your route, take a look here.