Thursday, January 18, 2018
News Roundup

Mold problem prompts state to close exit ramp in Tampa for repairs

mold problem makes ramp slick, prompts DOT to close it for repair

Transportation engineers are used to dealing with congestion, potholes and flooded highways, but mold? It seems the nasty spores are making the exit ramp from southbound State Road 60 to the Howard Frankland Bridge too slick for traffic, and now the Department of Transportation plans to close the ramp to deal with the slimy problem. The DOT says the trouble stems from drainage issues that arose a few years ago after a retaining wall was built along SR 60's southbound exit at Interstate 275. Water seeping through the wall after heavy storms is skimming across the road surface, causing mold and mildew to grow. "It's odd to me. I haven't worked with anything like this," said DOT spokesman John McShaffrey. Engineers are planning a fix starting the weekend of April 13 — and for several weekends after that — that will have motorists being rerouted to westbound Kennedy Boulevard and the Howard Frankland Bridge.

New at the airport: Advertising that you can put your shoes on

Say goodbye to those gray trays at airport security. As part of a new partnership with Tampa International Airport, Tampa-based SecurityPoint Media will replace the trays with white bins that have laminated advertisements in the bottom. About 1,500 new bins will be put in place by the end of April. The airport's share of the revenue from the advertisements should add up to $100,000 over three years, according to a spokeswoman, and the Transportation Security Administration will no longer be responsible for maintaining and replacing the trays. SecurityPoint Media did not disclose how much it costs to advertise on the bins. The alternative advertising company has its trays in 36 other airports nationwide, including in Miami, Jacksonville and Orlando.

Ex-basketball star files suit against Oldsmar man over fraud

Former Brandon High School and University of Florida star Dwayne Schintzius has sued an Oldsmar man, saying he was defrauded of $100,000. The lawsuit says Schintzius, who played nine years in the NBA, invested the money with Scot Monette for two sports memorabilia businesses, which were going to buy and sell items from retired NBA players as well as from the 2008 Tampa Bay Rays and Philadelphia Phillies. The lawsuit says the businesses were Elite Sports Marketing and What About Sports. According to the lawsuit, Monette used the money to pay off other debts. Monette could not be reached for comment.

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Forecast: Brutal cold arrives in Tampa Bay, but won’t stay long

Forecast: Brutal cold arrives in Tampa Bay, but won’t stay long

It’s freezing, literally. For now.The quick-moving cold blast, which has been anticipated for days, arrived with an especially frigid punch across Tampa Bay.10News WTSPFeels-like temperatures around the Tampa Bay area The region is under a freeze wa...
Updated: 8 minutes ago
Read the report on the fatal FSU frat party: ‘The most intoxicated’ they had ever been

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Updated: 1 hour ago

Two treated at hospital after fire at Apollo Beach home

Two elderly residents were treated at a local hospital after a fire at an Apollo Beach home early Thursday morning.Hillsborough Fire Rescue crews, responding to the 600 block of Flamingo Drive around 4 a.m., found the home fully engulfed in flames.Tw...
Updated: 1 hour ago
The Daystarter: Tampa Bay freeze won’t last long; report describes binge drinking in FSU hazing death; Lord Stanley, meet Jose Gaspar; 15,000 ball pit balls up for auction

The Daystarter: Tampa Bay freeze won’t last long; report describes binge drinking in FSU hazing death; Lord Stanley, meet Jose Gaspar; 15,000 ball pit balls up for auction

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Updated: 2 hours ago
Romano: Are buses really our last gasp?

Romano: Are buses really our last gasp?

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Updated: 11 hours ago
In St. Petersburg, skeptics sneer at plan to concentrate USF power in Tampa

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In the state capitol on Wednesday, lawmakers breezed through the bullet points of a higher education bill. They skimmed past a hot-button proposal to consolidate the University of South Florida System into a single university without a peep of pushba...
Updated: 11 hours ago
New St. Pete City Council gets to work, starting with 2018 budget

New St. Pete City Council gets to work, starting with 2018 budget

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Published: 01/18/18
After half a century, World Liquors sign may finally come down

After half a century, World Liquors sign may finally come down

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Published: 01/18/18
Extraordinary heroism deserves a less ordinary movie than ‘12 Strong’

Extraordinary heroism deserves a less ordinary movie than ‘12 Strong’

After 16 years of combat and counting, the war in Afghanistan gets a happy movie ending in 12 Strong, a thick slice of patriot porn.Based on a true story, 12 Strong rightfully celebrates the first U.S. Special Forces unit battling Taliban forces shel...
Published: 01/18/18
Crystal Lagoon planners brace for chilly ribbon cutting today

Crystal Lagoon planners brace for chilly ribbon cutting today

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Published: 01/18/18