Thursday, April 26, 2018
News Roundup

It's Christmas in June: West Shore Boulevard set to reopen Friday

TAMPA — Motorists tired of looking for alternate routes through South Tampa are getting a very early Christmas gift from construction crews: S West Shore Boulevard is set to reopen Friday.

West Shore has been blocked from W Bay Way Drive to Beachway Drive since May 11 for construction work. But the city now says the road is scheduled to reopen to traffic at 6 a.m. Friday — three weeks ahead of schedule.

The crews of Pac Comm Inc., which contracted with the city for the $3.2 million Watrous Canal rehabilitation project, worked from sunup to sundown six days a week to finish early, said city spokeswoman Ashley Bauman. The crews repaired the eroded banks of the Watrous Canal and placed a culvert near W Bay Way Drive to improve the flow of stormwater.

Bauman said the city made it a priority to get traffic moving as soon as possible along the busy west-side thoroughfare, a straight shot from Gandy Boulevard to Kennedy Boulevard. Officials originally thought the road would be closed until July.

"It's fantastic to have West Shore open again,'' said Emmy Purcell Reynolds, who has lived in Beach Park for 18 years and regularly uses West Shore Boulevard, especially to go visit her daughter, mother and sister, who live south of her.

She said she was fortunate to know the back roads and couldn't imagine someone unfamiliar with the neighborhood trying to navigate around the blocked-off section of West Shore.

"I'm delighted that they finished early.''

Comments
Column: What Democrats can learn from Emmanuel Macron

Column: What Democrats can learn from Emmanuel Macron

Emmanuel Macron and President Donald Trump don’t agree on much. Macron is a globalist; Trump is a nationalist. Macron is a free-trader; Trump just imposed protectionist tariffs on steel and aluminum. Macron wants the United States to remain in Syria;...
Updated: 5 minutes ago
Details emerge in fiery crash that killed prominent Moffitt doctor

Details emerge in fiery crash that killed prominent Moffitt doctor

TEMPLE TERRACE — Investigators say an orange sports car was moving at about 90 mph when it ran a red light and broadsided a prominent doctor’s car last month on Fowler Avenue. The impact caused Dr. Charles Canaan Williams’ Acura to catch fire almost ...
Updated: 7 minutes ago
Bret Stephens: Bush 41, Trump, and American decline

Bret Stephens: Bush 41, Trump, and American decline

George H.W. Bush once vomited on the prime minister of Japan. It was a mortifying but innocent incident, the result of a nasty stomach bug. Donald Trump has spent the past couple of days effectively doing likewise on France’s Emmanuel Macron.What’s T...
Updated: 8 minutes ago

Editorial: It’s up to Florida’s voters to restore felons’ civil rights now

The disappointing ruling Wednesday by a federal appeals court should erase any doubt that the decision on restoring voting rights for felons rests solely on the conscience of Florida voters. A tortured ruling by the minimum majority of a three-judge ...
Updated: 8 minutes ago
The Lightning is fun, but does its playoff run translate into dollars for Tampa?

The Lightning is fun, but does its playoff run translate into dollars for Tampa?

TAMPA — As the Tampa Bay Lightning waits for the Boston Bruins to come to town for the next round of playoffs, the city’s business community — members large and small — say it has already won the NHL postseason.At WestShore Plaza this week, with blue...
Updated: 11 minutes ago
Police announce two more arrests in St. Pete strip club shooting

Police announce two more arrests in St. Pete strip club shooting

ST. PETERSBURG — Two more arrests were made recently in connection with the April 2 shooting death of a man outside an unlicensed adult entertainment venue on Fourth Street S, police said.Rodriguez Green, 24, of Largo and Darius Trennell Collins, 23,...
Updated: 16 minutes ago
Hernando High student accused of threatening to shoot up school

Hernando High student accused of threatening to shoot up school

BROOKSVILLE — A 17-year-old Hernando High School student was arrested Wednesday for threatening to shoot people at the school, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.The student was serving a suspension at the time of the incident, deputie...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Long wait at Wingstop ends in brawl, hot oil and second degree burns

Long wait at Wingstop ends in brawl, hot oil and second degree burns

TAMPA — A customer visited Wingstop on Sunday night to pick-up his order. What happened next was off-menu:Robert Williams said he suffered second-degree burns on his back and legs after a Wingstop employee threw hot oil on him during a scuffle.Willia...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Orlando man sought in Interstate 4 carjackings captured in Tampa

Orlando man sought in Interstate 4 carjackings captured in Tampa

TAMPA — A 43-year-old Orlando man who was being sought in a string of carjackings along Interstate 4 was captured on Thursday, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.Majar L. Jones, 43, was considered armed and dangerous and the subjec...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Chris Kunitz brings four Stanley Cups worth of experience to the Lightning

Chris Kunitz brings four Stanley Cups worth of experience to the Lightning

TAMPA – It was the late spring of 2007, days after a much younger Chris Kunitz lifted the Stanley Cup for the first time. He found himself wondering if he would ever be in that position again. Hoping, really."For sure," he said. "It's almost a ...
Updated: 2 hours ago