Monday, November 12, 2018
News Roundup

The Daystarter: Riders plunge after Daytona coaster derails; the St. Pete Innovation District wants to takeoff; will Ybor City work for the Rays?

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

• Expect a hot and drenching Friday through Sunday. High temperatures will be in the 90s, with a 20 to 30 percent of scattered showers through the weekend, 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.

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay including Broadway’s The Illusionists and fireworks return to Busch Gardens.

• Six people were hospitalized Thursday night after a rollercoaster derailed at the Boardwalk in Daytona Beach, causing two to plunge 34 feet to the ground. A total of 10 riders were rescued, and nine had to be extricated from the coaster after it derailed and was left hanging on the track, according to tweets from the Daytona Beach Fire Department. Stay with tampabay.com for updates.

• Sal Reale, an 87-year-old retired firefighter who lives in Seminole, thought he was just returning to Queens to visit his old firehouse. Thanks to the Rays and Yankees, he got that — and so much more. Marc Topkin has the details.

• There’s a new group that wants to tackle Hillsborough County’s mounting transportation woes, and it doesn’t want to wait for the county commission to do something. All for Transportation, a new public advocacy group with heavy-hitters like Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik, want to collect enough signatures to get a transportation referendum on the 2018 ballot. Chris O’Donnell explains how they plan to succeed.

Times Political Editor Adam C. Smith reveals the results of his latest Florida Insider poll this morning on tampabay.com. The most plugged-in Florida politicos have doubts about Democrat Gwen Graham and Republican Ron DeSantis, two candidates for Florida governor.

• St. Petersburg’s Albert Whitted Airport wants to extend its main runway, but the benefits could extend beyond the airport. Moving the runway would ease building restrictions around the airport. Caitlin Johnston explains at how that could help the St. Pete Innovation District.

• Reporter and anchor Jessica Meszaros officially replaced longtime host Carson Cooper as the local voice of one of public radio’s signature shows. WUSF’s Morning Edition. Read about her promising rise and how Cooper, "can’t wait to be back."

• The rash of Allegiant Air cancellations at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport will continue into next week. The airline blames a delay in receiving new aircraft for its fleet, but as Malena Carollo reports at more and more customers are becoming incensed as they scramble to re-do their travel plans.

• The Tampa Bay Rays seem set on a new stadium site in Ybor City. But will that site actually work for baseball? A Rays’ executive told a group of residents and development officials that the team will know within six to nine months if a Ybor City ballpark will work. Charlie Frago explains how that will affect the Rays’ chances of moving to Tampa, and the deadline with St. Petersburg to get a deal done by the end of this year.

• Here’s how to make your cat famous on the internet, according to the owners of famous felines Cole and Marmalade. Rescue, don’t buy. Choose a cat because it needs a home, not because it’s funny looking. Use your cat video powers for good, not just for making money. Christopher Spata has more on the youtube sensations.

• Fun doesn’t have to be expensive. Here’s 5 things to do under $5 this week

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