Gas prices low for Labor Day
Motorists preparing for a Labor Day road trip will likely pay the cheapest gas prices for the holiday since 2010. Oil and gas prices slipped again in the past week and that decline is likely to continue into the holiday weekend.
"Record high oil production is keeping downward pressure on gas prices," said Mark Jenkins, spokesman for AAA — the Auto Club Group, in a news release. "The bottom fell out again on oil prices last week, which should lead to another week of discounts at the pump despite rising demand, as 29.7 million Americans plan to take a road trip for Labor Day weekend."
Refineries are producing the most petroleum for this time of year since 1989, primarily due to the shale boom, which has boosted oil production in the United States by 64 percent in five years.
The current national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $3.44, which is 15 cents cheaper than the average price on Labor Day 2013. The average prices in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee are cheaper than last year's Labor Day by 22 cents, 21 cents, and 18 cents respectively.
MOSI to hold food truck event
Some of Tampa's more popular food trucks will be on hand from 6 to 10 tonight (Friday) as the Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave., holds its MAD (MOSI after dark) event and University of South Florida "Week of Welcome.'' Trucks include Kind Grinds, Lizzie Cakes, Maggie on the Move, Top Chop, Ninja Noms, Monsta Lobsta, Lolo Ono, Cluckz Chicken, Health Freakz Café, Wicked Wiches and Mixed Breed Food Truck. USF students will receive free admission to MOSI standard exhibit galleries by showing a valid student ID.
Guests can conquer MOSI's Sky Trail ropes course and zip line in the dark, and check out Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I inside the Florida Hospital IMAX Dome Theatre. MOSI's standard exhibit galleries will be open for $5 for non-USF students. Admission to Food Truck Madness is free. Additional fees apply for Sky Trail attractions and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I. For more information, call (813) 987-6000 or go to mosi.org.
Vets can apply for wedding giveaway
It's not too late for wounded veterans to apply for the Old McMicky's Farm "Mission I Do" $25,000 wedding giveaway.
The farm has partnered with Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson and community businesses to offer one couple an all-inclusive wedding at the lakeside the Barn at Crescent Lake at Old McMicky's Farm. The event would be Nov. 16 and host up to 100 of the winning couple's friends and family members.
The wedding will include full-service wedding planning, wedding rings for both bride and groom, hair and makeup for bride and bridal party, wedding gown and groom's tuxedo, luxury transportation, overnight accommodations for bride and groom up to three nights for the wedding weekend and a two-night stay in an oceanside villa for the honeymoon.
The deadline to apply is Sept. 1. The contest is open to active duty personnel or military veterans residing or stationed in the Southeast (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia or the District of Columbia) and wounded in combat. Apply at oldmcmickys.com/community-giving/mission-i-do.
City Council votes on youth baseball
In an effort to accommodate all young people who want to play baseball, the Temple Terrace City Council has asked Leisure Services director James Chambers to oversee the scheduling of playing fields.
This came up in light of an organization called Sports 2 Serve asking the city to let it have exclusive control over the five baseball fields at the city's Youth Sports Complex on U.S. 301 for travel ball tournaments and practice. In turn, Sports 2 Serve would pay the city $18,000 a year. The PONY League had priority use of those fields during the fall and summer youth baseball season.
The council's vote allows PONY and Little League to continue using city fields — Little League plays at the Ridgedale complex — but not as exclusive users. It also allows Sports 2 Serve to rent the use of city facilities at either Ridgedale or the Youth Sports Complex for its tournament program.