Monday, February 19, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: Brexit could affect Tampa Bay area; Wilcox drops out of Senate race; more businesses going to the drones; Amy Schumer coming to Tampa

Ripple effects of Britain's surprise decision to pull out of the European Union — which were quick to impact global markets — are expected to hit Florida's shores. From trade to travel, tourism to real estate, the ties between Florida and the fifth-largest economy in the world run deep. Here's how Brexit will affect Florida and the Tampa Bay area.

WILCOX DROPS OUT OF SENATE RACE

Todd Wilcox, an ex-CIA officer and Orlando defense contractor, is dropping out of the race for U.S. Senate. He entered the race last year when Marco Rubio planned not to seek re-election, and campaigned against career politicians. He confirmed Friday that he'll step aside and endorse Rubio. Until this week, there was no clear favorite in the Republican primary, giving first-time candidates like Wilcox a rare opportunity. But Rubio's decision to seek re-election changed the odds for a once-crowded field of Republicans.

MACDILL LOSES OUT ON ECONOMIC BOOST

The newest Air Force refueling tankers and the economic boost they are expected to deliver will not be coming any time soon to MacDill Air Force Base.The Air Force on Thursday announced a list of five bases from Delaware to California that are being considered to house a second round of new KC-46 Pegasus refueling jets.

REALTOR ROBBER TO BE SENTENCED

Paul Pinkston, the St. Petersburg man found guilty in May of holding two Realtors at gunpoint last year, is scheduled to be sentenced this afternoon.

ARTIST PAYS RESPECT TO FRIEND SLAIN IN ORLANDO

Edward Sotomayor made history by organizing the first U.S. gay cruise to Cuba in January. From one port to another, people gay and straight welcomed the travelers warmly. Sotomayor bonded with an arts community in Cienfuegos and one of its members, Santiago Hermes. Now, Hermes will pay his respects to his new friend by representing his community at a celebration of Sotomayor's life Saturday in St. Petersburg. Sotomayor, a 34-year-old University of South Florida graduate, was among the 49 people slain in the June 12 mass shooting at Orlando's Pulse night club.

EXPECT MORE HEAT, THUNDERSTORMS

The Tampa Bay area's summer-like conditions will extend into the weekend, as visitors in town for St. Pete Pride should prepare for a possible afternoon thunderstorm and continued hot temperatures through the weekend.

BUCS DONATE TO ORLANDO VICTIMS

The Bucs are the latest Tampa-area team to join in supporting the victims of the Orlando mass shooting, as the NFL Foundation and the Bucs, Dolphins and Jaguars have combined for a $400,000 donation to the OneOrlando Fund to help victims' families and survivors. The Bucs' donation comes a week after the Rays and Major League Baseball donated more than $300,000 to help in Orlando as the proceeds from their annual Pride Night.

APP COULD SHORTEN WAIT TIMES

Lines to pick up your kid at school are awful. A Tampa man's invention could help.

TECO CEO WILL RETIRE

John Ramil, president and chief executive of TECO Energy and a 40-year veteran of the Tampa utility, announced he will retire on Aug. 31 following the formal closing of the company's acquisition by Nova Scotia-based Emera Inc.

GOING TO THE DRONES

The change in drone policy is "going to unleash a lot of pent up entrepreneurial energy over the next six months to a year." In other words: expect to see more drones.

SANDERS SAYS HE'LL VOTE FOR CLINTON

Bernie Sanders said Friday he will vote for Hillary Clinton for president, stopping short of a full endorsement of his Democratic presidential rival more than a week after the final primary contests.

RELIEF FOR SOUTH TAMPA COMMUTERS

Commuters who have had to go out of their way to navigate through South Tampa the last month will find some welcome relief today.

S West Shore Boulevard, which has been closed since May 11 for construction work, reopened this morning, three weeks ahead of schedule.

MORE MAILINGS TO TROUBLED HOMEOWNERS

Lawyers are resorting to some, um, interesting mailings as foreclosures decline.

AMY SCHUMER COMING TO TAMPA

Amy Schumer, the Emmy-winning, thought-provoking comic, writer and star of the Comedy Central series Inside Amy Schumer will headline Amalie Arena on Oct. 16.

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