Monday, June 18, 2018
News Roundup

The Daystarter: Allegiant cancellations leaves passengers scrambling; checking out Winn-Dixie’s updated look; aquarium’s latest sea horse hero; Martin Fennelly’s World Cup moment

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.

• Expect highs in the lows 90s again, according to 10Weather WTSP. And bring an umbrella for the afternoon commute.

• As you head out for your morning commute, check out our live blog for the latest traffic updates and road conditions across Tampa Bay.

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay including a neighborly block party in downtown Tampa to mark the opening of a documentary on Mr. Rogers and singer-songwriter Andrew McMahon.

• Hundreds of travelers found themselves scrambling to redo their flight plans when Allegiant Air abruptly cancelled up to 10 flights over the next two days to and from St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport. The airline blamed a delay in receiving new aircraft for its fleet, but that didn’t satisfy angry passengers.

• Sports columnist Martin Fennelly laments that the U.S. national team won’t be playing in this year’s World Cup, but there is hope on the horizon: The World Cup will return to the U.S., and Canada and Mexico, in 2026.

• One of Winn-Dixie’s latest remodeled stores is reopening to the public this morning. The store at 252 Harbor Village Lane has scheduled a 7:45 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony. The renovations come after the store’s parent company emerged from bankruptcy and pledged to update about 100 of its locations. Sara DiNatale tells us what to expect with the new-look stores

• The Rev. Manuel Sykes said Bethel Community Baptist Church agreed to sell a half acre to a developer and support rezoning proposal to allow a drive-thru restaurant. But neighbors oppose the idea, and now they have a new ally: Bethel Community Baptist. How did the church end up opposing its own deal? And how will St. Petersburg City Council react when it votes today?

• The tiny seahorse came to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium on Sunday with fishing line wrapped around her neck. By Wednesday, she became the CMA’s newest Internet star Who would want to watch a 2-inch seahorse rehabilitate on live camera? Apparently, many people. In the last 15 years, live cameras in zoo stalls, eagles’ nests and aquarium tanks have exploded in popularity. And the zoos and animal rescue organizations who have taken advantage of the new technology have found a cheap and sometimes viral way to spread their environmental message.

• As Florida voters slowly begin to pay more attention to the race to be Florida’s next governor, they have found the two Republican candidates in many different places. But voters nationwide have also found Ron DeSantis in their living rooms, via Fox News. They also found a fundraising letter from DeSantis in their mailboxes, from Virginia to California. Emily L. Mahoney discusses the impact this could have on the race.

• The St. Petersburg City Council on Thursday will hear the first reading of a proposed ordinance that would allow new features to be added to the Pier District project along Spa Beach. As Waveney Ann Moore explains, a group that wants to preserve Spa Beach will speak out against the ordinance.

• More than 17 percent of Tampa Bay homes sold in the first three months of this year went to "co-buyers,’’ non-related persons whose names are on the deed, ATTOM Data Solutions found. That reflects a nationwide trend as rising home prices make it harder for people, especially younger ones, to buy homes. Susan Taylor Martin has the details.

• It’s time to plan your weekend! Our critics and writers have laid out their top picks on our Weekend Planner page We have Father’s Day deals and events, date night ideas and concert picks from Maroon 5 to Joan Jett and Styx.

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