Casino Boat Fire Update; Flu Hits Florida Hard 

Posted: 3:32 am Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

By Ann Kelly


One person has died following the fire that destroyed a casino shuttle, sending 50 people into the cold Gulf Waters. Carrie Dempsey was a 42-year-old mother of two. Some passengers have already hire attorney. The accident on board the boat owned by Tropical Breeze Casino Cruz is under investigation by the NTSB and the Coast Guard.


Flu season has hit hard and hit early this year in Florida. Two children have already died from the flu. The flu shot is only said to be around 10% effective but doctors say it can help the symptoms not be as severe.


The city of Tampa will hold a meeting January 23rd to get input on autism-friendly playgrounds. There are plans for three such playgrounds. If you’d like to join the discussion be at the meeting which starts at 6 pm at the Lloyd Copeland Park Community Center.



There will be plenty of familiar faces on the ice when the NHL All Star Game comes to Amalie Arena January 28th. Four players from the Tampa Bay Lightning are on the team, along with coach John Cooper for the Atlantic Division. Lightning Captain Steve Stamkos will make his 5th appearance along with Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman making their second, and goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy in his first appearance.



Florida Fish and Wildlife may shorten scallop season for some counties, but extend it in others. The shorter season would affect Citrus and Hernando counties. The FWC hopes to ensure more scallops for everyone. You can check your scalloping date from the FWC.