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Aid For Firefighters Still Needed

  • 4:22 am Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 by Ann Kelly

The Salvation Army is continuing to helping firefighters fighting the wildfire in Starkey Park, and could use donations of item like Gatorade/Powerade, sunblock, Chapstick, bug spray, non-perishable individually wrapped packaged snacks. The place to drop those off is at 7745 Ridge Road, Port Richey (no other locations) through Friday, May 12, 2017. Donations accepted from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Smoky air from the brush fire in Starkey Wilderness Preserve in Pasco County is changing the start times for River Ridge Middle and High schools for the rest of the week. The usual 7:30 am start time will move [More]

Pasco Wildfire Affects Schools

  • 3:45 am Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 by Ann Kelly

Smoky air from the brush fire in Starkey Wilderness Preserve in Pasco County is changing the start times for River Ridge Middle and High schools. The usual 7:30 am start time will move to 10:45 am with the school day over at 5:10 pm. That lingering smoke could be around for up to a month. Burn bans remain in place for most Bay area counties.

The wildfire in Flatwoods Park in Hillsborough County is 90% contained. You’ll still see and smell smoke in the area, and be especially careful driving along I-75 near Fletcher Avenue to Bruce B. Downs Boulevard.

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Starkey Wildfire Still An Active Scene

  • 4:11 am Monday, May 8th, 2017 by Ann Kelly

As of last night’s report the wildfire in Starkey Park was about 70% contained, affecting over 2,275 acres. You’ll see smoke in the area and all camping in the area has been cancelled. The Salvation Army is helping firefighters and could use donations of item like Gatorade/Powerade, sunblock, Chapstick, bug spray, non-perishable individually wrapped packaged snacks. You can drop those off at the warehouse at 7745 Ridge Road. Burn bans remain in place for most Bay area counties.

It was a close call for one resident of Starkey Park. Pasco County Sheriff’s deputies found a young hawk they think [More]

Breaking News On Wildfires

  • 4:31 pm Saturday, May 6th, 2017 by Ann Kelly

A 120 acre brush fire in Starkey Park in Pasco County is only 2% contained at this time, and as a result the park is  closed. There is also a voluntary evacuation order for the Bexley Ranch Subdivision at this time. The bike trail is also closed. For more check the Pasco County Twitter feed.

More brush fires in Hillsborough County have shut down the northbound lanes of 75 with all traffic exiting at Fowler, as well as closing Flatwoods. The Suncoast Parkway is not a good alternate route, since the fire is spreading and it may be shut down as [More]

Commissioners Approve Next Round Of TIA Expansion Funding

  • 4:17 am Friday, May 5th, 2017 by Ann Kelly

The Hillsborough County Aviation Authority has approved the next step in expansion plans for Tampa International Airport. That amendment to the 2017 fiscal budget is for $132.4 million dollars. The red parking garage would be demolished and construction would begin on the retail and office space.

Madeira Beach has fired City Manager Shane Crawford. Mayor Maggi Black took office less than one month ago and said that Crawford had “undermined” city commissioners from the start of her administration. Crawford can ask for another hearing.

Hillsborough County Commissioners unanimously a noise ordinance this week that would fine pet owners up to $500, but [More]

Hillsborough County Commissioners Approve Noise Ordinance

  • 3:48 am Thursday, May 4th, 2017 by Ann Kelly

Hillsborough County Commissioners unanimously a noise ordinance yesterday that would fine pet owners up to $500, but decided to wait on a proposal to ban the commercial sale of pets. They’ll talk about that more at their next meeting on the 17th.  There’s more on this story in this morning’s Tampa Bay Times.

Duke Energy is asking for a rate increase to help pay for the $82 million in costs they incurred with the cancelation of the Levy County nuclear power plant. If it is approved look for $2.51 increase in bills starting in January of 2018.

Governor Scott [More]

Rowdies Win The Vote

  • 3:38 am Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 by Ann Kelly

The Tampa Bay Rowdies are getting what they want. Voters in St Petersburg pass that special referendum by an overwhelming 87% in favor of a 25-year lease for the Rowdies which could lead to a Major League Soccer team calling Al Lang home. But that vote came from less than 20% of registered voters who actually did vote. The Bill Edwards group and an investors group say they have $80 million dollars set aside for renovations to the stadium.

Hernando County Sheriff’s Deputies believe they’ve busted a dog fighting ring in Brooksville. Deputies had originally gone to a home to investigate [More]

Al Lang Vote Today

  • 3:38 am Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 by Ann Kelly

There is a special referendum vote in St Pete today to determine the future of Al Lang Stadium. If it passes it that means a 25-year lease for the Rowdies which could lead to a Major League Soccer team calling Al Lang home. The Bill Edwards group and an investors group say they have $80 million dollars set aside for renovations to the stadium. There’s more on the story in this morning’s Tampa Bay Times.

Sea turtle nesting season is underway, so watch for nests on the beach, and make sure to dim those lights at night if you [More]

Pasco Brush Fire Under Control

  • 3:54 am Monday, May 1st, 2017 by Ann Kelly

A brush fire that grew quickly thanks to windy, dry conditions shut down JB Starkey Wilderness Park for some time yesterday. The fire began around SR 54 and Gunn Highway and at one point the Florida National Guard brought in a Blackhawk helicopter for water drops. That fire is almost completely contained, but don’t be surprised by smoky conditions in the area for a few days. The park should be back open today.

The first cruise from the Port of Tampa to Cuba set sail last night. The seven night cruise on board Royal Caribbean’s ship, Empress of the Seas will [More]

Brush Fire Triggers Starkey Park Evacuation

  • 12:33 pm Sunday, April 30th, 2017 by Ann Kelly

A brush fire that began around Gunn Highway and State Road 54 this morning is spreading rapidly. Pasco County Fire Rescue, along with Florida Fire Services  have been fighting the growing flames and as a result has shut down and evacuate Starkey Wilderness Park in Pasco County. The Florida National Guard has also come in to help and are using Blackhawk helicopters to drop water on the fire which is spreading very quickly with winds gusting 10-15 mph.

Please avoid the area and watch for detours and check in with Pasco County Fire Rescue on Facebook and Twitter for [More]

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