- 3:28 am Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 by Ann Kelly
Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in advance of a speech by whit nationalist Richard Spencer. That speech is scheduled on the campus of the University of Florida Thursday. The University has already said they expect to spend up to half a million dollars on security. That order will allow for security from state and other local agencies.
The rest stops at both ends of the Sunshine Skyway are being renovated at a cost of $1.8 million dollars. The work should wrap up in 2018. The southbound rest stop is already closed with demo work. [More]
- 3:43 am Monday, October 16th, 2017 by Ann Kelly
Jameis Winston was hurt in Sunday’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals, and left the game in the second quarter. He’ll have an MRI later today on his right arm. Ryan Fitzpatrick took over for Winston with a final score of 38-33. The Bucs are now in last place in the NFC South.
The family that owns Brady the dog that escaped her crate at TIA while being loaded onto a Delta flight is now offering a $1,500 reward for her safe return. Brady is chipped but not wearing her collar and they’re concerned she’s hurt and scared so if you see [More]
- 3:33 am Friday, October 13th, 2017 by Ann Kelly
The Bay area has a confirmed case of the Zika virus. A couple who had traveled to Cuba are the source, and officials believe they contracted the virus after they returned home and were bitten by a mosquito carrying the Zika virus. Health officials believe that no one else has been affected.
If you live near Tampa International Airport keep an eye out for Brady. She’s a dog who managed to get out of her crate while being loaded onto a Delta plane heading to Bermuda with her family who is moving there. Brady is chipped but not wearing her collar
- 3:30 am Thursday, October 12th, 2017 by Ann Kelly
Bad news coming from the Florida citrus growers. Thanks to Hurricane Irma growers believe this year will have lowest yield in 75 years. That adds up to some $800 million dollars in lost crops. The full story is in this morning’s Tampa Bay Times.
Hurricane Ophelia made history yesterday as the tenth consecutive storm to reach hurricane status; NOAA predicted 12-16 storms, (15 already) and two to five major. You can track the progress of the storm in the Dove Hurricane Guide.
Help for animals displaced by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico is coming from the Suncoast Animal League. [More]
- 3:36 am Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 by Ann Kelly
The Hillsborough County School District’s class schedule was released for the 2018-2019 school year yesterday. The proposed schedule has high school students starting their day an hour later among other changes. The School Board will vote on the changes at their next meeting Tuesday, October 17th at 3 pm at the district headquarters on Kennedy Blvd. You can see the complete here.
Tropical Storm Ophelia is expected to become a hurricane but is not expected to threaten any land. When it does it will break a record as the tenth consecutive storm to reach hurricane status. You can track [More]
- 3:40 am Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 by Ann Kelly
If you’re still waiting for storm debris pickup you need to know what will not be picked up. The first round of pickups that are underway are for what counties call “vegetative debris” which includes those tree limbs. The second sweep will be for damaged fencing. But residents are responsible for disposing of things like mattresses and other things from the house with storm damage. For county by county pickup rules check the list for yourself here.
A transformer fire knocked out power to 8,000 Pinellas county residents yesterday. Traffic signals were also affected in the area. The substation is [More]
- 3:36 am Monday, October 9th, 2017 by Ann Kelly
You can thank Hurricane Nate for those higher than normal high tides on both sides of the Bay over the weekend. We may see that for a few more days.
There are fewer options when taking the bus in Hillsborough County this morning. The Hillsborough County Regional Transit Authority’s new program called “Mission Max” was designed with fewer routes that are aimed at providing better and faster connections. For possible changes to your route, take a look here.
The Department of Children and Families is helping more than 30,000 families here in Florida with Food for Florida following Hurricane Irma. The [More]
- 12:55 am Friday, October 6th, 2017 by Ann Kelly
Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency for 29 counties in the state in advance of Tropical Storm Nate. Oil and gas companies evacuated their workers from rigs in the Gulf. On the present track the storm could make landfall anywhere from the coastline of Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle sometime Sunday at a Category One hurricane. Keep track of the storm in the Dove Hurricane Guide.
- 7:12 am Thursday, October 5th, 2017 by Ann Kelly
There’s tropical activity to keep an eye on. What is expected to become the next named storm will move into the Gulf and appears to be headed for Louisiana. To track any change in the storm’s path check the Dove Hurricane Guide. This next storm would be named Nate.
It’s considered the biggest game of the year, and it’s on prime time tonight. The Buc’s Thursday night game against New England is sold out. As part of that game the team will honor the late Bucs owner Malcolm Glazer with induction into the Ring of Honor.
Tampa City Council will look a [More]
- 6:43 pm Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 by Ann Kelly
Big changes are in store for the Howard Frankland Bridge. The Florida Department of Transportation announced plan to expand the southbound lanes from four to eight with two of those express lanes that will go in both direction along with a bike and pedestrian path. The northbound lanes will be torn down, and when the southbound lanes are finished traffic will be flipped over to that side. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2020 at a cost of $750 million with a completion date 2024.
Florida blueberry farmer’s crops also took a hit thanks to Hurricane Irma. Area farmers may [More]