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.