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'Gumbo' of blue-green algae stinks up Manatee and Sarasota beaches
Last year, when a persistent Red Tide algae bloom touched all three of Florida's coasts, Southwest Florida had to put up with it the longest. The toxic algae stuck around Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota and Manatee county beaches for months on end, driving away tourists and depositing dead fish galore on the shore. Now a new algae bloom is threatening some of those same beaches. It's not Red Tide. It's a type of blue-green algae known as "Lyngbya," which has long caused problems in the state's springs. It might give swimmers a rash, but it doesn't kill anything but your appetite.
PolitiFact: Who pays for U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods? You do
President Donald Trump has slapped China with a 25 percent tariff on $200 billion of goods and floated the possibility of tariffs on $325 billion in additional Chinese goods. China, meanwhile, prepared to impose retaliatory tariffs on $60 billion in American products. Trump's repeated message is that Americans shouldn’t worry about the economic impact of his tariffs, couching his claim by saying it’s “mostly,” “really,” “largely” or “ultimately” paid for by China. Despite the hedging words he uses, experts told us the president is wrong to offer that sort of assurance.
Yet another golf club to close as owner shutters the Links in Hudson
The Links Golf Club needs a facelift. Instead, it will be getting a funeral. Owner Matthew Lowman announced he is shuttering the course, pro shop, restaurant and driving range on June 10 after failing to entice surrounding neighbors to invest in club memberships. The 6,256-yard, par-72 course needs substantial renovations, including improved greens and tee-boxes, cart paths, a pump station and maintenance equipment, Lowman said in an April 22 letter announcing the closing.
Why Avisail Garcia and the Rays have been such a good fit
The Rays checked out several hitters during the offseason, getting into talks with Nelson Cruz and DJ LeMahieu, among other free agents, and exploring trade options big and small. When none of those deals happened for various reasons, they ended up signing Avisail Garcia in mid-January for a relative bargain rate of $3.5 million with some incentives. It was a bit of a gamble, as he was coming off knee surgery following a down year with the White Sox that led to him being non-tendered. And that has worked out pretty well, to say the least.
Six amazing, unconventional tiki bars in Tampa Bay
A good tiki bar evokes a sense of whimsy and wonderment as you’re downing Mai Tais and Pain Killers. It should make you feel like you’re waiting out a storm in an exotic port stripped of time and place — grateful for the shelter, but also just a little dark and devious. They come in all shapes, sizes and spirits. Some of them double as laid-back beach bars. Others sneak up and and surprise you in sleek restaurants and trendy drinking districts. Here are six of Tampa Bay's best and most unconventional spins on the traditional tiki bar.