Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

In the Know: Tropical Storm Debby closes Pinellas County parks

Countywide

Debby a downer to park visitors across county

Several Pinellas County parks were closed Tuesday due to rough surf and rip currents from Tropical Storm Debby. County officials closed Fort De Soto Park, south of St. Petersburg; Sawgrass Lake Park, in St. Petersburg; Sand Key Park, in Clearwater; and Fred Howard Park, in Tarpon Springs. Police allowed visitors onto the sands at Clearwater Beach but not in the water Tuesday due to swirling waves. Bayside Park, a beach on the Intracoastal Waterway side of Sand Key, was closed but reopened Tuesday morning.

clearwater

Free sand; bring your own bags

People in need of sandbags can obtain the sand for free at Clearwater's Public Works Complex, 1650 N Arcturas Ave., off Hercules Avenue and Sherwood Street. They'll need to bring their own bags, as the city doesn't have them available. Bags can be purchased at most home improvement stores. Self-serve sand is located outside the fence on Arcturas Avenue so people can fill their own bags 24 hours a day. Sand will be available as long as supplies last. People are asked to cover the sand back up after filling their bags.

Shooting suspect sought by police

Police were searching for a Clearwater man they say fired a gun at a vehicle carrying three women and two children Tuesday afternoon. Clearwater police spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts said Jerry Phillips, 18, shot at the vehicle as it was leaving the 1500 block of Sherwood Street off N Highland Avenue. Nobody was injured in the shooting, which took place shortly after 1 p.m. Watts said Phillips is known to the victims and that the incident was "the result of an ongoing feud." Phillips remains at large. Police are seeking to arrest him on charges of aggravated assault. He was arrested twice earlier this year on charges including resisting an officer with violence and possession of crack cocaine.

Man shot in back seriously injured

Clearwater police were investigating a shooting that occurred about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, reportedly in the area of S Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Kingsley Street, near Ross Norton Park. Police said a man was shot in the back, and an acquaintance drove him to Morton Plant Hospital for medical treatment. He was seriously wounded and was airlifted to Bayfront Medical Center's trauma unit. Police had identified a suspect and were searching for him. A neighbor at the location reported hearing four shots fired in the street.

In the Know: Tropical Storm Debby closes Pinellas County parks 06/26/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 8:08pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Review: Mumford and Sons shower Amalie Arena with love in euphoric Tampa debut

    Blogs

    There are releases, and then there are releases. And minutes into their concert Wednesday at Amalie Arena, Mumford and Sons gave Tampa the latter.

    Mumford and Sons performed at Tampa's Amalie Arena on Sept. 20, 2017.
  2. FEMA to open disaster recovery center in Riverview

    Hurricanes

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency said it will open a disaster recovery center Thursday in Riverview for Hillsborough County residents impacted by Hurricane Irma.

  3. Life sentence for man convicted in killing of brother of Bucs' Kwon Alexander

    Bucs

    An Alabama man who shot and killed the 17-year-old brother of Bucs linebacker Kwon Alexander in 2015 was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday, the Anniston (Ala.) Star reported.

  4. Remember him? Numbers prove Ben Zobrist is one of greatest Rays of all time

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The first foray back to the Trop by the best manager the Rays have had obscured the second return visit by arguably the second-best player in franchise history.

    Figures.

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell (4) takes the field to start the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017.
  5. GOP's new repeal bill would likely leave millions more uninsured, analyses suggest

    Health

    WASHINGTON — The latest Republican bid to roll back the Affordable Care Act would likely leave millions of currently insured Americans without health coverage in the coming decades, and strip benefits and protections from millions more, a growing number of independent studies suggest.

    Vice President Mike Pence listens as President Donald Trump talks to reporters about the Graham-Cassidy health care bill during a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi at the Palace Hotel during the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, in New York. [Evan Vucci | Associated Press]