Back To School In The Rain 

Posted: 3:30 am Monday, August 13th, 2018

By Ann Kelly


Most students return to class this morning with messy weather. Be aware of students both walking to school and running for their bus, and pay attention to the rules of the road. For more information on your school district and more check here.



Hundreds of people joined in Hands Along The Water Sunday to show their support for clean water in the wake of the toxic red tide bloom. A state of emergency was declared when thousand of dead fish, dolphins, sea turtles and more began showing up on beaches south of Tampa Bay. Low levels have been detected in the waters of southern Pinellas County.  Florida Fish and Wildlife have waived the usual rules  for the size and type of fish that  can be collected and urge residents to help where they can. Keep track of the tide’s movement here.



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Red tide is also affecting  sea turtle nesting season. 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).



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 Tuesday.



If you incur overdraft fees as the result of the problems with SunPass the state of Florida is going to reimburse you. There are nearly two million backlogged transactions and yours finally show up on your bank account it could be a lot more than you expected. It may take until September to catch up.



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