University of South Florida limits smoking
Starting Tuesday, the University of South Florida will be ready to kick your butts — or at least confine them to 25 designated smoking areas. The move follows a national trend on college campuses, said Beverly Douglas, the USF special assistant who headed up the project. USF is working this week to set up the smoking zones scattered around the Tampa campus. After Tuesday, anyone caught lighting up outside those areas would be considered in violation of university policies. But Douglas wouldn't go into punishments. "The ultimate hope is that people do comply." Other colleges in Florida already have gone this route. USF St. Petersburg is smoke-free. The University of Florida's campus was made smoke-free in July 2010. Florida State University bans smoking within 50 feet of buildings.
River to be dyed for St. Patrick's Day
If you're looking for a natural body of water dyed Kelly green in honor of St. Patrick's Day, there's just one place to go on Saturday: the first-ever Mayor's River O'Green Fest, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. A separate private event, where organizers have in recent years dyed the Garrison Channel green, is not going to happen this year so as not to compete with the city's event. Today's Weekend section includes mention of the Garrison Goes Green event because the section is printed in advance, before the Times received Wednesday's announcement.
Students can ride free this month
For the rest of March, middle and high school students in Hillsborough County can ride free on all HART local bus routes. Students must show a student ID or a HART Youth ID to take advantage of the Spring Break STAY-cation program, which includes the In-Town Trolley and Flex services.