Friday, October 19, 2018
News Roundup

Top 5 at noon: Mosaic sinkhole finally sealed; home starts can’t meet demand; and more

Here are the latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com:

MOSAIC HAS SEALED SINKHOLE NEARLY 2 YEARS AFTER IT DRAINED POLLUTED POND

Nearly two years after a massive sinkhole opened at Mosaic’s Mulberry phosphate processing plant, a company spokeswoman says it has been sealed at last and will be completely filled by the end of May. The state Department of Environmental Protection has approved demobilizing the deep drilling and grouting equipment used to fill the chasm "since the sinkhole now is sealed in accordance with the consent order requirements," said Mosaic spokeswoman Jackie Barron, which a DEP official confirmed. All that’s left is some cosmetic work, Barron said.

SURGE OF HOME STARTS IN HILLSBOROUGH, PASCO STILL CAN’T MEET DEMAND

Over the past 12 months, the number of new home starts jumped 16 percent compared to the previous 12-month span. In one development alone, 340 houses began construction as bulldozers and backhoes continued to transform one-time farm fields into what ultimately could be a community of 10,000. Yet for all of the building in Hillsborough and Pasco counties, which together account for nearly 90 percent of home starts in Tampa Bay, the demand still remains greater than the supply — especially for moderately priced homes. Susan Taylor Martin has the details.

JOHN MORGAN CALLS RICK SCOTT A ‘BALD-HEADED EVEREADY BUNNY’ AND SAYS CORCORAN MADE THE RIGHT CALL NOT TO RUN

Orlando attorney John Morgan said Wednesday he has no regrets on his decision to stay out of the 2018 governor’s race and thinks that his friend, Richard Corcoran, made the right move to drop out. "To run for governor, you’ve got to be done making money and I’m not done making money," Morgan told reporters Wednesday before the three-hour trial in Leon County Circuit Court in his lawsuit against the state for banning smoking as a delivery form for medical marijuana. He had some interesting things to say about Democratic candidate for governor Philip Levine, Gov. Rick Scott and Sen. Bill Nelson.

SPORTS DAY TAMPA BAY PODCAST: HOW IMPORTANT WERE LIGHTNING’S LINE CHANGES?

Did Jon Cooper’s line changes in Game 3 lead the Lightning to victory over the Capitals, or did the team just play better? Rick Stroud breaks down the Eastern Conference final heading into tonight’s Game 4, and discusses the Bucs and Rays.

SUMMER TV PREVIEW: FOR YOUR VIEWING PLEASURE, A LOOK AT THE LINEUP

Get ready for another hot summer of sensational TV. We want crazy thrillers. We want exaggerated plot lines. But don’t count out prestigious and gut-wrenching dramas. Here’s a preview of what’s coming up.

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Congress provides an opportunity that might help finance a new Rays stadium

Congress provides an opportunity that might help finance a new Rays stadium

TAMPA — Whatever work is under way on financing a new Tampa Bay Rays stadium remains hush-hush for now as the clock ticks toward Dec. 31.That’s the day the window closes on a three-year deal with current host St. Petersburg allowing the team to explo...
Updated: 27 minutes ago
After Hurricane Michael, a hunt for surviving oysters in Apalachicola

After Hurricane Michael, a hunt for surviving oysters in Apalachicola

APALACHICOLA — T.J. Ward’s phone rang. Service had improved in the days since Hurricane Michael. "Get another scrub brush and a squeegee,"he told his sister. "The littlest one you can find." The Ward family’s 13 Mile Seafood Marke...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Wrong-way driver identified in fatal Howard Frankland crash; alcohol suspected

Wrong-way driver identified in fatal Howard Frankland crash; alcohol suspected

A Pinellas Park man was killed when he drove the wrong way on the Howard Frankland Bridge and struck another vehicle head-on, forcing all northbound lanes to close.
Updated: 1 hour ago
Did you know the first black explorer of North America landed in St. Petersburg in 1528?

Did you know the first black explorer of North America landed in St. Petersburg in 1528?

The History Council shines a light on the largely unknown historical landing of the Panfilo de Narvaez expedition of 1528 in St. Petersburg
Updated: 1 hour ago
Leader of Clearwater’s strong mayor initiative goes to work for prominent Scientologist

Leader of Clearwater’s strong mayor initiative goes to work for prominent Scientologist

CLEARWATER — The chairman of the group backing Clearwater’s Nov. 6 strong mayor referendum began a job this month with a company owned by a prominent Church of Scientology donor that focuses on local and state government education.Zach Thorn, 29, had...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Editorial: Those who fail to cast ballots in Hillsborough are running out of excuses

Editorial: Those who fail to cast ballots in Hillsborough are running out of excuses

You wouldn't skip a trip to the gas pump, would you?Then don't miss the chance to cast your general election ballot, either, when Hillsborough County opens its many early voting sites Monday morning for a two-week engagement.If you do your homework a...
Updated: 1 hour ago
A new Earth Fare is coming to Lutz this winter

A new Earth Fare is coming to Lutz this winter

Times Staff Writer LUTZ — Earth Fare will open its third location in Tampa Bay this winter, continuing to expand the area’s growing organic grocery market.Earth Fare entered Tampa Bay in 2016 with a location in Seminole and then opened a second in Ol...
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News at noon: Wrong-way driver identified in fatal Howard Frankland crash; Congress provides an opportunity that might help finance a new Rays stadium; and more

News at noon: Wrong-way driver identified in fatal Howard Frankland crash; Congress provides an opportunity that might help finance a new Rays stadium; and more

Here are the top five latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com.
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Backstage at the horror park: Scream-A-Geddon actors get ghoulish in Dade City

Backstage at the horror park: Scream-A-Geddon actors get ghoulish in Dade City

What goes through the mind of someone preparing to scare you to death?
Updated: 2 hours ago
Is Tampa Bay finally seeing signs of a buyer’s market? Soaring September sales hint at it

Is Tampa Bay finally seeing signs of a buyer’s market? Soaring September sales hint at it

Bucking a national trend, sales of single-family homes soared by double digits in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Hernando counties in September.That dramatic increase, coupled with minor price increases, suggests that a real estate market that has favore...
Updated: 2 hours ago