Posted: 3:40 am Thursday, August 16th, 2018
By Ann Kelly
There are two more confirmed cases of measles in Pinellas County and both were unvaccinated. That makes a total of three cases with on of those a child treated through the emergency room at Morton Plant Hospital. The best way to protect yourself according to the CDC is to get vaccinated.
Someone appeared to deliberately drive over and kill a Gopher tortoise on the bus circle at San Jose Elementary School in Dunedin on Wednesday. Those are a protected species and are protected under Florida law. There is video of the incident and if you might know who was behind the wheel of the Acura TSX you can make your report anonymously and possibly be eligible for a reward, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS or www.crimestoppersofpinellas.org.
Governor Scott declared a state of emergency in seven counties due to the red tide. Those counties include Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. Only low levels have been detected in Pinellas and none in Hillsborough, but the funds will be there if necessary. There have been some reports of respiratory issues in Pinellas County. 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. 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 Florida Department of Transportation says the backlog of unprocessed toll transactions is now up to date as they continue the transition to the new SunPass Combined Service System. But if you have incurred overdraft fees as the result of the problems with SunPass the state of Florida is going to reimburse you. If can talk with a SunPass rep if you have questions at 1-888-TOLL-FLA or 1-888-865-5352.
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.
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy will join the Buc’s Ring of Honor. His induction will take place Sept. 24th during the Bucs-Steelers game at Raymnd James Stadium.