Adopt A Teacher Program Takes Off 

Posted: 3:34 am Thursday, July 19th, 2018

By Ann Kelly



An adopt-a-teacher program a Tampa woman has created has gone viral. Ellie Baggett wants to help teachers who actually buy their own classroom supplies. The idea is to adopt a teacher and spend around $30 for supplies for them. The campaign in on Facebook if you’d like to help. Schools are back in session in less than a month.



A 35-story condo building in downtown Tampa with just two units per floor is scheduled to begin construction in the Channelside district by next year. Prices for units would start at $800,000 for Eleve 61 and it would be the third tallest residential building in Tampa when complete. It’s expected to take a a year and a half to complete and a sales office will be opening in September on Whiting Street.



For the first time since Florida law went into effect limiting beach access near private properties someone has been arrested for allegedly violating that law. It happened on Santa Rosa beach in Walton County. Daniel Uhlfelder was busted for sitting on the sand in front of a gated community. Governor Scott had issued another order over all the confusion on the new law and Uhlfedler even had a copy of that with him.



The Florida Department of Transportation is withholding payments to Conduent State & Local Solutions, Inc. until problems with SunPass are solved,  FDOT blames that contractor for the massive backlog of unprocessed transaction for the toll system. A story in the Tampa Bay Times says Conduent has a history of the same type of problem in seven other stations.



A crate jammed with two adult dogs and five puppies was abandoned by the side of the road in Hillsborough County this week. A Fed Ex driver found them Monday, and now they’re at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay looking for foster families. It is against the law to abandon animals, and in this heat it could have been deadly for the Chihuahua and terrier mix dogs.



CDC warning swimmers to beware of waterborne illnesses 
A swimming advisory is up in Hernando County for Pine Island Beach. High bacterial levels are the problem, but the beach is still open and the waters will be retested next week. There’s more information on the Florida Healthy Beaches plan here.