Posted: 4:00 am Tuesday, June 12th, 2018
By Ann Kelly
The Hillsborough County Metropolitan Organization’s Transportation Committee wants to make the commute shorter and safer. They approved a five-year funding plan for improvements in the wake of the deadly crash on Bayshore Blvd in Tampa. Other roads on the list include Dale Mary and Kennedy.
Largo has a big problem with on-emergency phone calls clogging up the 911 lines. But a new program will offer mental health assistance since many of those callers are in need of that type of help. Mental health advocates will go on call with officers. Directions for Living was instrumental in getting the program in place.
The nonprofit arm of Tampa Bay Partnership will receive $300,000 from JP Morgan Chase to study if Tampa is producing enough skilled workers in three phases. An earlier report from Tampa Bay Partnership, Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and United Way Suncoast found the Bay area was behind when it came to the
Tampa’s Historic Streetcar will be a free ride for the next three years. FDOT made the announcement Tuesday that a Transit Service Grant is making it possible starting in August for the almost 3-mile ride around downtown Tampa. The streetcars will make the trek more often and with extended hours.
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.
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.