Monday, December 11, 2017
News Roundup

I-275 southbound exit to Dale Mabry will close May 27

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.

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No injuries as fire destroys St. Petersburg home

ST. PETERSBURG — A fire destroyed a home in St. Petersburg on Sunday afternoon.St. Petersburg fire officials say the fire occurred some time before 3 p.m. at 1225 21st St. S.The homeowner discovered the fire and was able to escape safely, officials s...
Updated: 23 minutes ago
Forecast: Freeze warning for some Tampa Bay residents, but warmer weather coming

Forecast: Freeze warning for some Tampa Bay residents, but warmer weather coming

Portions of the Tampa Bay area under a freeze warning as this weekend’s cold blast extends into the start of the workweek.10News WTSPFeels-like temperatures around the Tampa Bay area That wintry feel, however, is coming into an end as conditions beg...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Reasons elusive as Pinellas EMS demand skyrockets

Reasons elusive as Pinellas EMS demand skyrockets

When the fire chief asked if anyone in the room had fallen before, a few in the gray- and white-haired crowd raised their hands. One woman lost her footing as she was answering the phone. Another saw a palmetto bug, sprayed it with repellent, then s...
Updated: 1 hour ago
PolitiFact Florida: Does Andrew Gillum want to make Florida a sanctuary state?

PolitiFact Florida: Does Andrew Gillum want to make Florida a sanctuary state?

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is using the controversial topic of sanctuary cities to drum up Republican support in his bid for governor.At a campaign stop in Jacksonville, Putnam warned voters that one of his Democratic opponents want...
Published: 12/11/17

Hooper: Yacht StarShip weathers the storm

At the height of the economic downturn, Yacht StarShip owner Troy Manthey said he and his wife, Jill, worried about the company’s survival."We were counting ice cubes," Manthey said.But they made it. The dining cruise business that sails out of the C...
Published: 12/11/17
St. Pete takes small steps on the way to sustainability

St. Pete takes small steps on the way to sustainability

BY CHARLIE FRAGOTimes Staff WriterST. PETERSBURG — It was a big promise made by Mayor Rick Kriseman more than two years ago: Get the Sunshine City to eventually run on 100 percent renewable energy.In a few months, the city will take small but tangibl...
Published: 12/11/17
Veteran 3B Evan Longoria as uncertain as anyone about Rays’ plans

Veteran 3B Evan Longoria as uncertain as anyone about Rays’ plans

LAKE BUENA VISTA — Uncertain with all the talk about potentially rebuilding if the Rays would go as far as trading franchise cornerstone 3B Evan Longoria?So is he."I don’t know what to think, really,’’ Longoria said via text message Sunday night as t...
Updated: 0 minutes ago
WWE’s Rich Swann arrested in Gainesville, faces battery charge against wife, who’s also a wrestler

WWE’s Rich Swann arrested in Gainesville, faces battery charge against wife, who’s also a wrestler

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Wrestler Rich Swann is being held without bail in a Florida jail after he was arrested and charged with battery and false imprisonment. Swann, who is 26 and a former WWE cruiserweight champion, was arrested Saturday. According to ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
The Daystarter: Freeze warning in northern Tampa Bay; Pinellas works to reduce 911 calls; fact-checking Putnam’s sanctuary city claims; should Dirk Koetter be fired?

The Daystarter: Freeze warning in northern Tampa Bay; Pinellas works to reduce 911 calls; fact-checking Putnam’s sanctuary city claims; should Dirk Koetter be fired?

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.10News WTSPThe latest 7-day forecast• Some residents in northern Tampa Bay are under a freeze warning, according to 10Weather WTSP. Temperatures are expected to reach the mid-...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Jones: Why Bucs coach Dirk Koetter won’t survive this

Jones: Why Bucs coach Dirk Koetter won’t survive this

  TAMPA — Dirk Koetter isn’t going to return as coach of the Bucs next season. That’s not official. No announcement has been made. No press conference is scheduled. It’s not an absolute fact. Not yet. And this isn’t a...
Updated: 2 hours ago