Wednesday, September 26, 2018
News Roundup

Morning Watch: Old golf courses may get new life; Cuban art comes to Dunedin; why running back carries are meaningless

Here's what's new around the bay area this morning.

ART CENTER BRINGS CUBAN LIFE TO DUNEDIN

Cuba is a place where food can be scarce but music, dance and the arts are plentiful. In 2015, the Dunedin Fine Arts Center's auxiliary group, the Sterling Society, assembled a trip as part of the People to People Cultural Exchange program with the idea of procuring an exhibit down the road. Today, the Dunedin Fine Art Center unveils the fruits of that artful journey in an exhibit called Oye Como Va..

OLD GOLF COURSES GET NEW LIFE, OR NOT

Two abandoned golf courses in Pasco County are in different stages of a possible rebirth. In Zephyrhills, Tampa-based Kolter Land Partners has a contract to purchase the abandoned Hidden Creek golf course outside the city and turn it into a 300-home neighborhood. Meanwhile, plans to turn a Wesley Chapel golf course into a subdivision of up to 400 homes have hit a snag: the neighbors.

STATE OF THE PORT

Follow business reporter Justine Griffin on Twitter @SunBizGriffin for updates from the annual State of the Port address with Port Tampa Bay CEO, Paul Anderson. The event begins at 11:30 a.m.

RUNNING BACK CARRIES: MEANINGLESS NFL STATISTIC JUST WON'T GO AWAY

[Associated Press]

It has gone on for far too long, and it has to stop. Today. Right now. We're a divided nation, but a greater purpose demands we band together, regardless of our allegiances. Whether you root for the Giants or the Eagles, the Ravens or the Steelers, the Bucs or the Falcons, it's time to take a stand against NFL commentators' repeated attempts to link running back carries to team wins..

DEWITT: COMMISSIONERS MUST ADDRESS COUNTY'S UNDERFUNDED FIRE-RESCUE SERVICE

So much attention has been focused on the spectacular failures of and lurid stories about the Hernando Beach Volunteer Fire Department, it's easy to overlook the far less sexy issue of the drastically underfunded Hernando County Fire Rescue, Dan DeWitt writes. To put it bluntly, the professionally staffed department the vast majority of county residents depend upon is broke. Actually, it is worse than broke; it's deeply in debt. And it got that way because of the cowardice of commissioners.

NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE ANNOUNCES AWARDS FINALISTS

The board of the National Book Critics Circle has chosen the 30 finalists for its awards for books published in 2016. After a seven-hour meeting last Saturday, the board also announced the recipients of three additional prizes. Read the full list here.

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Tropical Storm Kirk regenerates, but the threat expected to be short-lived

Tropical Storm Kirk regenerates, but the threat expected to be short-lived

Warnings have been issued for the islands of Barbados and St. Lucia as Tropical Storm Kirk has regenerated and is on a westward track toward the Caribbean.It could be a short-lived threat, however.The storm, located in the western Atlantic about 470 ...
Updated: 7 minutes ago
Tampa Bay Whole Foods can now deliver through Amazon Prime Now

Tampa Bay Whole Foods can now deliver through Amazon Prime Now

Tampa Bay Whole Foods Market shoppers can finally get organic goodies delivered to their homes in a few hours as members of Amazon Prime. Amazon announced today that Whole Foods has added Tampa, nine other metro areas and parts of Seattle and New Yor...
Updated: 1 hour ago
The Daystarter: Is time running out for Ron DeSantis?; Bucs won’t tip hand on Fitzpatrick-Winston decision; St. Petersburg’s new $79 million police headquarters has a leaky roof

The Daystarter: Is time running out for Ron DeSantis?; Bucs won’t tip hand on Fitzpatrick-Winston decision; St. Petersburg’s new $79 million police headquarters has a leaky roof

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• Scattered thunderstorms will develop along the east coast in the morning and early afternoon and travel westward throughout the day, according to the National Weather Service. It’ll s...
Updated: 1 hour ago
How Mississippi State football changed Florida Gators’ Dan Mullen

How Mississippi State football changed Florida Gators’ Dan Mullen

Not long after Dan Mullen took over the Gators in November, we began to look ahead to Sept. 29 when the new Florida coach would face his former Mississippi State team in Starkville.With that in mind, I asked Mullen over the offseason about how his ni...
Updated: 2 hours ago
St. Pete is building a $79 million police HQ. The roof is already leaking

St. Pete is building a $79 million police HQ. The roof is already leaking

ST. PETERSBURG — The city’s new $79 million police headquarters which is rising off First Avenue N has hit another snag.This time, it’s a damaged roof.Workers were installing the roof when an issue was discovered with one of the layers, causing it to...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Carlton: A fight with pugnacious attorney Barry Cohen that didn’t end like you’d think

Carlton: A fight with pugnacious attorney Barry Cohen that didn’t end like you’d think

One day I called Barry Cohen, one of Tampa’s best known attorneys, hoping he might help me understand a point of law I wasn’t getting.He liked such questions, especially if they involved a time he had driven a stake through the heart of a case, and t...
Published: 09/26/18
Pork’s reputation is better than ever. Here’s why.

Pork’s reputation is better than ever. Here’s why.

DES MOINES, IowaTop three answers on the board. What are the most common chef tattoos? Yes, there are knives, whisks and other kitchen tools, but if you believe Isaac Fitzgerald and Wendy MacNaughton, the author and illustrator respectively of a book...
Published: 09/26/18
Rosery Road fixes coming, but not until next year

Rosery Road fixes coming, but not until next year

By CHRIS GEORGETampa Bay NewspapersLARGO – City leaders continue to give the green light to road improvement projects they say will make streets safer and easier to traverse for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.The latest project that has mov...
Published: 09/26/18
FEMA rolling out new flood zone maps for Tampa Bay counties

FEMA rolling out new flood zone maps for Tampa Bay counties

Thousands of Tampa Bay-area property owners could soon find themselves with new flood zone designations on their homes and businesses.The Federal Emergency Management Agency has completed a years-long study to update flood zone maps in Hillsborough, ...
Updated: 6 minutes ago
Chilling 911 call from shooting victim’s son lays out horrors of Pasco murder-suicide

Chilling 911 call from shooting victim’s son lays out horrors of Pasco murder-suicide

Shortly after midnight Monday, Pasco County 911 dispatchers received a chilling call."My mom is shot," said the wavering voice of a young man. "My mom was shot."Though not identified, deputies say 14-year-old Mark Price had run out of his house on 1...
Updated: 1 hour ago