Friday, May 25, 2018
News Roundup

High-speed ferry proposal raises commuters' hopes

The concept of a high-speed ferry transporting SouthShore residents to MacDill Air Force Base — and eventually taking folks across the bay from Hillsborough to Pinellas — excites me and a lot of other people.

And the Hillsborough County Commission may move a step closer to making the ferry a reality. The board is expected to vote on an interim public-private partnership agreement during its Wednesday meeting and hear plans for a terminal and accessible waterfront park in the SouthShore area. Commissioner Sandra Murman expressed optimism about the proposal at last week's SouthShore Chamber of Commerce's annual dinner.

But for now, we have to remind ourselves — it's just a concept. A lot of great ideas around here haven't reached fruition. …

The Toronto Blue Jays will meet with Dunedin officials, now that their deal to get a new spring training home in Palm Beach Gardens appears dead. Dunedin shouldn't get cocky, but I wouldn't blame them if they walked in singing Kool Moe Dee's How Ya Like Me Now. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: Orwell's 1984 Was A Warning, Not A Manual. …

Can you fill your entire freezer with Thin Mint cookies? Well, Friday and Saturday is National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend and everyone who likes the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida's Facebook page (facebook.com/GirlScoutsWCF) this weekend will have a chance to win a year's supply of Girl Scout cookies: 365 boxes. …

From its savory mac and cheese and cool sandwiches to its overall hip vibe, the Bricks of Ybor may be the district's best-kept secret. Good times for sure.

That's all I'm saying.

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Woman, dog die trying to cross U.S. 19 in Hudson

PORT RICHEY— An unidentified 45-year-old Colorado woman and her dog died early Friday morning when they walked into the path of two vehicles on U.S. 19, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.The woman was walking her dog around 5:40 a.m. across U.S...
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Subtropical Storm Alberto forms in Caribbean, threatens to drench Tampa Bay

Subtropical Storm Alberto forms in Caribbean, threatens to drench Tampa Bay

TAMPA— The first tropical system of the 2018 hurricane season has formed in the Caribbean and threatens to drench the Tampa Bay area with heavy rains and potential flooding over the Memorial Day weekend.The National Hurricane Center says Subtropical ...
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Fiat Chrysler recalls 4.8 million cars, warning owners: Don’t use the cruise control

Fiat Chrysler recalls 4.8 million cars, warning owners: Don’t use the cruise control

Associated PressDETROIT — Fiat Chrysler is recalling 4.8 million vehicles in the U.S. because in rare but terrifying circumstances, drivers may not be able to turn off the cruise control. The company is warning owners not to use cruise control until...
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Top 5 at noon: Subtropical Storm Alberto forms in Caribbean, threatens to drench Tampa Bay; can group that advocates for LGBT rights make itself heard in today’s GOP? and more

Top 5 at noon: Subtropical Storm Alberto forms in Caribbean, threatens to drench Tampa Bay; can group that advocates for LGBT rights make itself heard in today’s GOP? and more

Here are the latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com:SUBTROPICAL STORM ALBERTO FORMS IN CARIBBEAN, THREATENS TO DRENCH TAMPA BAYThe first tropical system of the 2018 hurricane season has formed in the Caribbean and threatens to drench the Tampa...
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New signs indicate reduced Bayshore Boulevard speed limit after racing deaths

New signs indicate reduced Bayshore Boulevard speed limit after racing deaths

TAMPA — Two days after a mother and daughter were struck by a speeding car Bayshore Boulevard, killing both, city officials on Friday began implementing changes aimed at ensuring safety along the busy roadway.On Friday morning, workers began installi...
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Rare red wolf pups born at ZooTampa

Rare red wolf pups born at ZooTampa

The pups are an important addition to the populations of this rare Florida species, and the first red wolf births at the zoo since 1993.
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Federal Reserve chairman warns his agency must be free from political pressure

Federal Reserve chairman warns his agency must be free from political pressure

Associated PressFederal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell warned Friday that the Fed’s independence from political pressure must be respected if it is to succeed in controlling inflation, maximizing employment and regulating the financial system. His re...
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Restaurants like Ford’s Garage use the experience to get you in the door

Restaurants like Ford’s Garage use the experience to get you in the door

Tim Butler’s first car was a Ford Model A pick-up truck — a pearl fawn and cherry red pick-up he got his senior year in high school from his dad, who renovates antique cars. That’s why as Butler waited for a table at the Ford’...
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FSU football fans: How do you remember Jimbo Fisher?

FSU football fans: How do you remember Jimbo Fisher?

Former Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher should be back in the state next week for the SEC's spring meetings in Destin. It is, to my knowledge, his first big trip back to Florida since leaving for Texas A&M in December.With that in mind, my questi...
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