Posted: 3:34 am Thursday, September 27th, 2018
By Ann Kelly
Red Tide may not be as visible on the beaches in PInellas county but there’s plenty offshore. The bloom is still out in the Guld, extending 135 miles of coastline from northern Pinellas to northern Collier counties. The economic impact in Pinellas County alone is already considerable. A survey of 40 businesses has the total losses so far at 128.8 million dollars. Florida Fish and Wildlife released that new information yesterday with a new report later this week.
The Bucs drop to 2-1 after the Monday night loss to the Steelers on Monday Night Football. So who will take the field on Sunday against Chicago? It’s rumored to be Ryan Fitzpatrick, but Coach Dirk Koetter isn’t letting on who it is.
A teacher’s aide in Pasco County is accused of abusing a student with autism on a school bus. Derek Simpson is an ESC assistant instructor at Wesley Chapel High School and is now charged with two counts of child abuse after he was seen on videotape holding the child down to the point where he allegedly caused back injuries. The student was in a seat belt harness at the time. Simpson is on paid administrative leave and was booked into the Lane O’ Lakes jail.
A sad distinction for Pinellas County, It now ranks at the most dangerous place to ride a bike. A new report from the Wall Street Journal shows Pinellas County with the highest death rate in the Bay area and the nation. State rankings show Florida with the highest per-capita bicyclist death rate in the nation.
The city of Lakeland is trying to get drivers to slow down after seven swans were hit and one person severely injured. Lake Morton Drive has a lot of drivers circling the lake at the busiest time of the day and police think many of those are distracted drivers. They have an online survey to ask residents for their input and ideas to get people to slow down.
If you want to make a donation to those affected by Florence, be careful. Give only to organizations you know and trust or directly to the person affected. We have a list of groups that are accepting donations. Blood donations are also need as well as volunteer hours. Some breweries have stopped beer production and are canning water to be distributed to storm victims.