Posted: 4:17 am Monday, June 11th, 2018
By Ann Kelly
SunPass has been shut down for maintenance but is expected to be back online today at 9 am. If you’re low on funds for your SunPass account you won’t be able to add more until the system is back on line. Tolls will still be charged and added to accounts .
St Petersburg City Council will be discussing the “No Straws St Pete” campaign at this week’s meeting. The grassroots movement to limit the use of plastic straws has over 100 businesses on board. Clearwater and Gulfport are considering similar plans.
A huge water main break in Tampa is still under repair and will keep part of Rome Avenue closed between Hillsborough Avenue and Burke St. The precautionary boil water notice has been lifted as repairs continue.
Tampa City Council Chairman Frank Reddick wants to get rid of the roosters in Ybor City. Reddick said at yesterday’s council meeting he’s received complaints from residents about the noise the create and thinks people are actually bringing more birds and dumping them in the area. It would cost some $15,000 to relocate the birds, and City Council want to look at other options for now. It will be up for discussion at the July 19th meeting. There’s opposition to his proposal and a petition being circulated from Yborchicken.org.
An unusual site in the waters off Anna Maria Island – whale sharks. The largest fish species in the world were seen about 40 miles offshore and Mote Marine Laboratories are asking for anyone who has spotted the sharks to let them know. Contact Bob Hueter at Mote’s Center for Shark Research: 941-302-0976. and if you can the Center would like to know how many you saw. what time and the day you saw them and exact GPS coordinates if possible.
You’ll notice more “wrong way” warning signs going up around the Bay area soon. FDOT received at $300,000 grant and will start putting those signs up in July. Wrong-way driver calls doubled in Hillsborough County last month compared to the same time last year.