New Bill May Limit Beach Access Starting Sunday 

Posted: 3:17 am Friday, June 29th, 2018

By Ann Kelly



A bill that Governor Rick Scott signed in March that would let Florida stay in Daylight Saving Time year ’round starting July 1st will not go into effect with other bills this weekend. Congress, not the Florida Legislature must approve that bill and it has not. That puts “The Sunshine Protection Act” on hold for now. One bill that does go into effect is the not very popular bill that would let private business and homeowners restrict beach adjacent to their property. You can read more about that and other bills here.



Tampa Bay Buc’s quarterback Jameis Winston will sit out the first three games of the upcoming NFL season. Winston issued his own statement, apologizing for an incident with a female Uber driver. The suspension came from the NFL, saying Winston had violated the league’s personal conduct policy.




A PSTA bus driver who suffered a medical emergency while he was driving has Mike Hale to thank for stopping the bus in time to avoid a serious crash. Hale saw the bus weaving down the road and followed it for over a mile before hopping on the bus on the Treasure Island Causeway. The bus did hit a pole and the driver is in the hospital. PSTA is not identifying him for now.




The Florida Department of Education released the 2018 grades for more than 3,000 schools Wednesday. Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties all received a “B” as they did last year.  Statewide there were over 1,000 schools with an “A” rating including Sarasota county. There is more on other counties performance here.




Former Tampa Bay Lightning player Marty St. Louis is going in to the Hockey Hall of Fame. He was on the Stanley Cup award winning team in 2004 and was the first Lightning player to have his jersey retired. The induction ceremony is November 12th in Toronto.




Watch for purple flags at the beach. We have one for the “eww” column. Sea lice are causing bumpy, itchy rashes for some beachgoers.  It can also make you feel like you have the flu. Scientists prefer the term Sea Bather’s Eruption and most of those cases have been reported along the southern Atlantic side of the state.