Posted: 3:40 am Tuesday, August 14th, 2018
By Ann Kelly
Governor Scott has declared a state of emergency in seven counties due to the red tide. Those counties are Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. Only low levels have been detected in Pinellas and none in Hillsborough, but the funds will be there if necessary. The newly released fund will help Mote Marine Laboratory as well as the efforts of each county to combat the toxic algae. To track the tide click here.
Almost one month after the July shooting Michael Drejka has been arrested and charged with manslaughter in the death of Markeis McGlockton. Drejka allegedly shot McGlockton over the use of a handicap parking space and was not immediately arrested under the Florida Stand Your Ground act. He’s now in the Pinellas County Jail with a $100,000 bond and if convicted could face up to ten years in prison.
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 tonight’s Taylor Swift concert.
A shortage of school bus drivers in Polk county created delays Monday and school officials say it could stay that way for the next couple of weeks. There are over 60 job openings. If you’re interested and have a commercial drivers license they’d like to hear from you.
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).
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.