Search For Panther In Hillsborough County 

Posted: 3:34 am Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

By Ann Kelly


Someone in Valrico thought they saw a panther and that set off a search that involved helicopters and deputies from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office. Residents on Cimarron Drive called the sheriff to report the possible sighting but none was ever spotted. The Florida Panther is a protected species and the FWC says the remaining are mainly in southwest Florida. The panther in this photo had been spotted on a front porch in Ft. Myers in 2016.


Florida Governor Rick Scott asked that the FDLE investigate law enforcement’s response to the Parkland shootings. Closer to home, a Pasco County student was charged with bringing a weapon to school. Sheriff’s deputies found an AR-15 in his truck, after someone spotted shotgun shells in the bed of the truck. There were no threats made against the school and now that student will face a third-degree felony.


Residents on St Pete Beach aren’t thrilled about people bringing their dogs to the North Shore beach. Dogs are not allowed on the beach and police can’t do anything unless they see owner and dog. So they’re taking pictures of them and sharing them on social media to pressure police to do something.


It’s getting close to spring break at the beach and Clearwater Beach has already gotten a jump-start on traffic control with a ten week park and ride that’s free. It started this past Monday with shuttle rides to and from parking lots to the beach. Look for signs around town that will direct you to those lots. And if you’d rather take the ferry – which is not free –  the city plans to double the amount of boats.


If the pollen wasn’t make you feel miserable, now comes the news that the flu season isn’t over yet. The Center for Disease Control says it’s not as bad as it was but for the first time this flu season the number of people making the trip to the doctor’s office has dropped.


And it’s National Pancake Day. To get that free short stack stop in at IHop between 7 am and 7 pm. The buttermilk short stack is free  but IHop welcomes donations to their charitiable partners at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Shriner’s Hospitals for Children and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.