Posted: 3:23 am Friday, September 28th, 2018
By Ann Kelly
Publix will be adding 700 jobs over the next ten years to their corporate offices in Lakeland. Since the existing buildings are too small to accommodate that many new employees new office space is part of the expansion plans, with a completion date of 2020.
An Amber Alert is out for two children from Live Oak who may be traveling with as many as 13 other people, Brian Mejias, 7, and Gabriela Mejias, 6 may in a black Toyota Camry. If you have any information on these children please contact the Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office at 386-362-2222 or 911
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 Gulf, affecting 135 miles of coastline.. 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 dropped 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 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.