Red Tide Hits Pinellas County; Tropics Update 

Posted: 3:29 am Monday, September 10th, 2018

By Ann Kelly


Red tide has made its way into Pinellas County. Over the weekend dead fish started washing up on beaches and water samples confirmed the presence of the toxic algae. The highest levels were found on Maderia Beach. Cleanup began Sunday and will continue this week.



The Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicked of the season at New Orleans on Sunday with a win against the New Orleans Saints 48-40. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick threw four touchdowns, ran one in himself and threw for 417 yards.



Three separate tropical systems are on the move, with Hurricane Florence expected to become a  major hurricane with landfall predicted somewhere along the southeastern coast. Tropical storms Helene and Isaac are also on the move. To track the storms and make sure you have preparations complete check the Dove Hurricane Guide.



USF President Judy Genshaft is expected to announce her retirement today after 18 years at the university. She took over from Betty Castor in 2000.



Federal officials stopped a murder for hire plot against Big Cat Rescue CEO Carole Baskin. Joseph Maldonado-Passagem also know as “Joe Exotic,” has been indicted on two counts of hiring a person to commit murder. He allegedly tried to hire two different people to murder Carole Baskin. She thanked everyone on social media over the weekend and said it wasn’t the first time someone tried to harm her.