Raymond James Stadium Goes Smoke And Tobacco Free 

Posted: 3:28 am Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

By Ann Kelly



The Board of Directors for the Tampa Sports Authority has designated Raymond James Stadium as totally smoke and tobacco free venue starting in August. There will be designated smoking areas outside the stadium. But once you leave Ray Jay you would not be allowed to re-enter. The first smoke free event will be the Taylor Swift concert August 14th.



Dead fish have washed ashore from the Sanibel causeway after dying in a red tide on August 1, 2018 in Sanibel, Florida. Red tide season usually lasts from October to around February, but the current red tide has stayed along the coast for around 10 months, killing massive amounts of fish as well as sea turtles, manatees and a whale shark swimming in the area.The red tide that is killing fish and other marine life on the east coast of Florida has made its way as far north as Sanibel Island and scientists at Mote Marine Laboratory are concerned about how much further it could spread.  The red tide can also affect people with respiratory issues. You can keep track of the tide’s movement here.




Florida’s back to school sales tax holiday is set for this weekend, August 3rd – 5th. We have the complete list of what is and what not on the list this year. There are limits of $60 or less for items like clothing, shoes and other supplies. 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.



The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services have already found 575 skimmers on gas station pumps with most of them in the Bay area and Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. That’s way ahead of last year’s statistics. You can check the list of where those skimmers have been found and what to look out for when buying gas.



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It’s sea turtle nesting season but the news from the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation isn’t good. A new report from the group is blaming red tide for more dead and sick sea turtles being found on Florida beaches. If you do spot a turtle in distress you can report disoriented or stranded sea turtles to 978-728-3663(978-SAVE-ONE).