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St. Petersburg native joins WTSP-Ch. 10 weather team

Local CBS station WTSP-Ch. 10 has hired St. Petersburg native Mark Collins as its latest weather forecaster, pairing a hometown guy with a new chief meteorologist touting 10 years' experience covering storms in Orlando. The hire also nearly completes WTSP's overhaul of its weather department. Collins, 37, was born in St. Petersburg and grew up in Treasure Island. In recent months, he's been appearing part time on WTSP while also working as a forecaster at WJXT-TV in Jacksonville. Collins starts at WTSP Sept. 15. On Monday, the station announced its new chief meteorologist, Jim Van Fleet, 36, who can't join WTSP until his contract with Orlando Fox affiliate WOFL ends in late November or his station finds a replacement. Right now, his start date is scheduled Dec. 1. "The last thing I want to see is Tampa get a hurricane or a major storm and then I show up after the fact," said Van Fleet. "It would not be the right way to start in my book."

St. Petersburg native joins WTSP-Ch. 10 weather team 08/19/11 [Last modified: Friday, August 19, 2011 7:24pm]
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