Posted: 3:31 am Thursday, August 23rd, 2018
By Ann Kelly
A new report from Florida Fish and Wildlife says the presence of red tide is getting stronger in Pinellas County. You can see that report online now. As a result of the red tide Tampa Bay Watch has canceled their annual Great Bay Scallop Search for this weekend due to issues with the red tide and they’re not sure if they will reschedule. Bay Watch President Peter Clark says he doesn’t want to expose any scallopers to the toxic algae. Red tide is also being blamed for more dead and sick sea turtles being found on Florida beaches along with a record number of dolphin and manatee deaths. If you do spot a turtle in distress you can report disoriented or stranded sea turtles to 978-728-3663(978-SAVE-ONE)FL.We have the latest map from the FWC here.
The three-county rapid transit system proposed as part of the Howard Frankland bridge is not included in the latest proposals. The Florida Department of Transportation says there’s room for change. There’s more on the story from the Tampa Bay Times. Traffic is bad enough on the bridge and all across Tampa Bay, but when it comes to having the worst drivers in the US Florida is no longer number one. The Sunshine State gives up the top spot in a survey spot our by SmartAsset that now has Mississippi as number one with Florida falling to eighth. Florida had been ranked the worst for two years in a row.
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. Here’s how to apply for funds, and if you’d like to talk with a SunPass rep if you have questions at 1-888-TOLL-FLA or 1-888-865-5352.
An off-duty Tampa Police officer out for a day of fishing helped save the life of a man who jumped off the Gandy Bridge Wednesday. Officer James Wilcher and his friend Chip Roberts saw the man leap off the bridge and managed to hold on to him until Marine Units were on the scene.