Forget the sweaters; break out the sunscreen
Near-record highs and sunny skies are in store this weekend for the bay area, with temperatures expected to top out near 83 degrees. "Warmth is going to be the story," Bay News 9 meteorologist Diane Kacmarik said. Mornings will be foggy as the dew point remains high, she said, but that fog should clear off by afternoon and give way to partly cloudy skies. Thunderstorms are possible Sunday night ahead of a cold front that will push through early next week.
New bike/pedestrian trail gains momentum
A bicycle/pedestrian trail that would link the Pinellas Trail and Brooker Creek Preserve with Pasco County's Starkey Boulevard and Starkey Wilderness Trail came a step closer to reality recently when officials in both counties approved an alignment. The recommended Tri-County Trail alignment traverses an easterly path along Keystone Road in northeast Pinellas County to the Duke Energy power easement near the Pinellas/Hillsborough line and then proceeds north in the Brooker Creek Preserve all the way to Starkey Boulevard at State Road 54. Pasco County has already allocated Penny for Pasco proceeds for its portion of the project, which is scheduled for construction in 2016-17. The Tri-County Trail also is part of the Florida Coast to Coast Connector Trail, which extends from Pinellas County to Titusville on the east coast.
Ex-ballplayer arrested again
Former Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Elijah Dukes was arrested at his Brandon home Thursday on a warrant for violation of parole. Dukes was arrested in February 2012 after police said he tried to eat a bag of marijuana while stopped for a traffic violation. In January, he was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear in court on those charges. Dukes remained in the Hillsborough County Jail on Friday without bond. He was under contract to the Rays from 2003 to 2007, and last played major league baseball in 2009.