SKIP SWIMMING THIS WEEKEND AT COURTNEY CAMPBELL BEACH
The Pinellas County Health Department has issued a timely warning just before July Fourth: The waters off Courtney Campbell Beach may be too dangerous to swim in. The county is declaring the area a "potential health risk" to swimmers. The discovery of enteric bacteria in the water indicates fecal pollution, the department said, which could have come from stormwater runoff, animals or sewage. The bacteria can lead to disease, infections or rashes, the department said. The most recent samples were taken Wednesday. New samples will be taken next week. For more information go to: floridashealth.com/Floridians.htm and click on Beach Water Quality.
Apply for help with housing bills
On Monday, the state Department of Children and Families Office on Homelessness begins accepting applications for its Emergency Financial Assistance for Housing Program. You can get up to $400 once per year to help pay your overdue housing bill. The DCF warns not to send any applications before 8:30 a.m. Monday or they will be rejected. To get an application, call 1-877-891-6445 or go online at www.dcf.state.fl.us/homelessness.
Two more seeking election job
The latest entrants in the sweepstakes to become Hillsborough County supervisor of elections are: Sandy Murman, 58, who served as a state representative between 1996 and 2004; and Janet Dougherty, 47, an environmental consultant. Both are Republicans. At least eight others have applied for the $132,000-a-year job, which was left open last week when Phyllis Busansky died. Gov. Charlie Crist will appoint the new supervisor.