The Daystarter: Latest on water main break; death of ‘Old Florida Living’ in Oldsmar?; time ticking on Rays’ stadium quest; Largo doctor a Broadway angel

Published June 8 2018
Updated June 8 2018

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

• Friday will see more of the same: Scattered storms will start in mid- to late-morning and work their way inland. Expect the same during a wet weekend. Temperatures will be in the high 80s but it will feel even hotter than that, according to 10Weather WTSP.

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

• Residents and businesses in portions of Tampa, including Seminole Heights and near the Lowry Park Zoo, will be under a precautionary boil-water notice for the next two days as crews continue to repair a broken water main. The break sent hundreds of gallons of water pouring onto N Rome Avenue at W Powhatan Avenue on Thursday afternoon. It was reported at 5:30 p.m. but police said it could have been broken for an unknown amount of time before that. Stay with for the latest.

• Politicians from the left and right seek to reform the criminal justice system and Florida’s crime rate is at a 47-year low. But that’s not good enough for gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam. As Steve Contorno reports, Putnam cast himself as the get-tough-on-crime candidate during an appearance in Tampa.

• Largo osteopath Dr. Jeffrey Grove will be in the audience at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday because the local physician’s sideline as a Broadway producer means he’s up for eight Tony Awards. He helped bankroll the popular musical Once on This Island, he said, because "It was clear that it was going to be something special."

• A Tampa educator was killed and his daughter seriously injured last year in an alcohol-related personal watercraft crash. That Sept. 23 incident is now the subject of a federal lawsuit between an anti-DUI lawyer and a prominent local beer distributor. Read Patty Ryan’s story about what they’re suing each other over.

• There is no clock in baseball, but time is ticking away on the quest by the Tampa Bay Rays to move the team’s stadium across the bay. The alarm sounds in about seven months, New Year’s Day, the end of a three-year deal that opened the door for long-sought talks with Hillsborough. Extending the deal, even if that’s allowed, could cost the team more money. No one who is willing to talk sees any hope for hitting the deadline, Charlie Frago reports.

• Less than a mile from where 50,000 cars a day speed along Hillsborough Avenue lies a quiet waterfront enclave of Old Florida Living. But like many neighborhoods in Tampa Bay, this one near Oldsmar is changing and residents aren’t happy about it. Susan Taylor Martin talks to residents who fear the death of their beloved neighborhood.

• The Rays have promoted one of their top prospects and he arrived on Thursday: first baseman Jake Bauers made his major-league debut at Tropicana Field and his parents were there to watch. Columnist Martin Fennelly talks to Bauers and tells Rays fans to meet the future. (Oh, and by the way, the Rays lost their seventh straight on Thursday night).

• Tampa Bay’s economy keeps chugging along, with output totalling $148.6 billion last year. That’s more than the entire state of Arkansas. It’s also more than Nebraska. For the geographically adept, it surpasses Hungary and Angola, and comes up just short of Venezuela and Kazakhstan. Not too shabby, even if there are some signs of an economic slowdown, business columnist Graham Brink writes.

• Sue Carlton writes about the week that was: the Hillsborough County School Board getting along (not), Hillsborough Sheriff Chad Chronister and the Tampa Riverwalk.

• After 43 seasons, the Capitals are finally sitting on top of hockey. Lars Eller broke a tie with 7:37 to play and the Capitals — who eliminated the Lightning in the Eastern Conference final — raised the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history after a 4-3 victory over the Golden Knights in Game 5 of the Cup final.

• It’s time to plan your weekend! Our writers picked out the top things to do this weekend, including a tattoo and art convention at the Coliseum, a new attraction at ZooTampa at Lowry Park and country star Lari White remembered by her hometown of Dunedin.

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay, including the return of Ink Mania, the tattoo and art convention at St. Petersburg’s Coliseum, comedian Jim Norton, and Pride Night at the Tampa Bay Rays.