I-275 southbound exit to Dale Mabry will close next week
One of the busiest parts of Interstate 275 in Tampa — the southbound exit to Dale Mabry Highway — is about to close for four months. Southbound Exit 41A/B will close starting at 11:30 p.m. May 27, according to the Florida Department of Transportation. The DOT says it hopes to reopen the ramp in September. Signs will direct drivers to detour to the Himes Avenue ramp — Exit 41C — just before Dale Mabry instead. But beware: That's a left-hand exit. Drivers will be instructed to turn left at the bottom of the ramp, go south to Cypress Street, then turn right and take Cypress to Dale Mabry. The DOT said that to handle the additional traffic from the detour, improvements to the Himes Avenue exit ramp would be finished beforehand.
Getting on the map at geography bee
A New Tampa student is among the final 10 contestants in the National Geographic Bee being held in Washington, D.C. Ameya Mujumdar, 11, made the final cut after Monday's competition among 54 statewide winners. Ameya plays piano and chess and likes video games, according to the National Geographic Society. He is a fifth-grader at Turner Elementary School. The finals will be held today and the top three finishers take home college scholarships ranging from $10,000 to $50,000. How tough are the questions? Here's a sample: What is the term for a part of an ocean or sea that cuts far into the bordering land mass and may contain one or more bays? The answer: gulf.
Scallop season gains three days this year
Gov. Rick Scott announced Tuesday that scallop season will open three days early this year to take in the weekend before the normal July 1 start. So it will open June 28. "The bay scallop fishery is especially important to Florida's Big Bend region and by opening the bay scallop season three days earlier, Floridians throughout this area will have more opportunities to enjoy our natural treasures and provide for their families," Scott said in a news release. This applies to state waters from the Pasco-Hernando county line to the west bank of the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County. The state will consider making this a permanent practice when July 1 does not fall on a Saturday.