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News at noon: Final farewell for Mosley residents; An early tour of the Wyndham Grand resort; Haiti in Matthew's path; Shakeup among sporting goods giants

A Mosley resident, who did not wish to give his name, thanks Assistant Chief Deputy Sean Jowell for helping him carry his last belongings Monday morning. JOHN PENDYGRAFT | Times

A Mosley resident, who did not wish to give his name, thanks Assistant Chief Deputy Sean Jowell for helping him carry his last belongings Monday morning. JOHN PENDYGRAFT | Times

For years, the 110-room Mosley Motel at 401 34th St. N has been home for some of St. Petersburg's downtrodden. Today, it stands empty as the last two or three of the estimated 20 rooms that were still occupied were vacated this morning and Pinellas County deputies helped escort residents from the premises. "I'll be blunt about it. It's a dump. People shouldn't be living in that," Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said Monday morning at a news conference outside the motel.

TOUR THE SOON-TO-BE PALATIAL WYNDHAM GRAND ON CLEARWATER BEACH

Clearwater Beach is undergoing a major change with the construction of the high-end Wyndham Grand resort just south of Pier 60 and the Clearwater Beach Marina. The 700,000-square-foot, 450-room resort — which will be Clearwater Beach's largest building — will be built over the next two years on the nearly 3-acre site of a former parking lot at the split between S Gulfview Boulevard and Coronado Drive. Business reporter Alli Knothe took a tour of the construction and will offer her view later on tampabay.com.

HAITI IN DEADLY MATTHEW'S PATH

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Extremely dangerous Hurricane Matthew continues to approach Haiti as the powerful Category 4 storm, targeting the hemisphere's poorest country. As of 11 a.m., the storm was packing 140 mph winds and expected to pass to the east of Jamaica before striking Haiti later tonight or early Tuesday.

SPORTING GOODS GIANTS BASS PRO, CABELA'S MERGING

On the same day we described how the way Americans have shopped for soccer balls and baseball mitts for decades is changing, comes the news that outdoor gear giants Bass Pro and Cabela's will combine in a $4.5 billion deal. Bass Pro is paying Cabela's shareholders $65.50 cash per share. No word yet if will impact the Bass Pro location in Brandon.

CHERIE DIEZ | Times [2013]

While sitting at her dining room table, Cathy Jordan, 63, of Parrish inhales from a marijuana joint held by her husband, Robert Jordan, 65. Cathy was diagnosed 27 years ago with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. She has been smoking marijuana ever since and says it has slowed the progression of her disease.

FLORIDA BALLOT BATTLE OVER MEDICAL MARIJUANA HEATS UP

Two groups sparring over tgarget-"_blank:the constitutional amendment to legalize full-strength medical marijuana have already pumped millions of dollars from wealthy donors into TV ads, mailings and recruiting big-name endorsers — the biggest of whom is Orlando trial lawyer John Morgan, whose firm has spent $2.7 million to get the amendment on the ballot this November and has funded some radio ads statewide.

PINELLAS, MIAMI-DADE SET PACE AS 2.4 MILLION AWAIT MAIL BALLOTS

On the day before the first big wave of mail ballots heads to Florida mailboxes, voters in Pinellas and Miami-Dade are setting the pace: Nearly 2.4 million Floridians have requested mail ballots so far, according to figures posted Monday on the state Division of Elections web site. The statewide total, 2,386,898 to be exact, represents nearly one of every five voters in the state.

POLL: RUBIO LEADING MURPHY AMONG HISPANIC VOTERS

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is doing significantly better than Donald Trump among Hispanic voters, a key that is helping him stay ahead of Democrat Patrick Murphy a new public poll released by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research. Overall the Rubio was leading Murphy 47 percent to 40 among the 820 likely voters polled from Sept. 27 to Sept. 29. The margin of error in the poll was plus or minus 3.5 percent.

U.S. SUPREME COURT SET TO DECIDE CASES

The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to rule on several cases, including whether it is illegal to purchase stock based on tips that a friend or family member received from someone who turned out to be a corporate insider. Other cases involve issuing a trademark for an Asian band that chose the name "Slants" because it is purposely offensive; aid to church schools; and race and the death penalty. Check out our breakdown for a quick look at the cases.

THIEVES STEAL $10M IN JEWELRY FROM KIM KARDASHIAN

Armed robbers forced their way into a private Paris residence where Kim Kardashian West was staying, tied her up and locked her in a bathroom before making off with more than $10 million worth of jewelry, police officials said.

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Rental prices in Tampa are growing faster than anywhere else in Florida, a study has found.

RENTING? IT'S GONNA COST YOU

Tampa rents are growing faster than in any other part of Florida though they are still less than in several cities, including St. Petersburg. Over the past year, rental prices in Tampa have jumped 4 percent, almost double the national rate and almost four times the Florida rate, according to Apartmentlist.com. As of September, the median price for a two-bedroom Tampa rental was $1,200 compared to $1,300 in St. Petersburg and $2,360 in Miami, the state's highest.

MERCHANDISE, INFO FOR SALE AT THIS WEEKEND'S FLORIDA SPORTSMAN EXPO

Dave Reidenbach has made it one of his missions to get people interested in SCUBA diving. For the past 18 years he has travelled across the country, setting up a 20 foot x 30 foot heated pool that is 42 inches deep at outdoors shows so novice divers can strap on equipment and give SCUBA a shot. For the first time, Reidenbach will set up the Diving Equipment and Marketing Association's "be a diver" pool at the Florida Sportsman Expo at the Florida State Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday. Certified SCUBA instructors will be at the Expo to explain how equipment works.

News at noon: Final farewell for Mosley residents; An early tour of the Wyndham Grand resort; Haiti in Matthew's path; Shakeup among sporting goods giants 10/03/16 [Last modified: Monday, October 3, 2016 12:01pm]
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