Mostly Cloudy79° FULL FORECASTMostly Cloudy79° FULL FORECAST
Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Your DayStarter: Today's weather (nice — seriously), the worst bay area neighborhoods for selling your home and a Bucs-Panthers scouting report

Despite a summer of bad publicity after a series of emergency landings, Allegiant Air has the highest profit margin of any airline on the planet and has become a major player in the Tampa Bay tourism scene. The airline, which is led by the former CEO of ValuJet, keeps costs low in a variety of ways while also promoting vacation deals and hotel bookings. In this photo, an Allegiant flight is taking off from St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport. Allegiant makes up about 95 percent of the airport's traffic. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]

Despite a summer of bad publicity after a series of emergency landings, Allegiant Air has the highest profit margin of any airline on the planet and has become a major player in the Tampa Bay tourism scene. The airline, which is led by the former CEO of ValuJet, keeps costs low in a variety of ways while also promoting vacation deals and hotel bookings. In this photo, an Allegiant flight is taking off from St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport. Allegiant makes up about 95 percent of the airport's traffic. [JIM DAMASKE | Times]

It should be a partly cloudy Friday with highs in the mid 80s. Enjoy!

• Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and City Council Chairman Frank Reddick will try to settle their differences over the makeup of a police civilian review board at a 3 p.m. summit today in the Mayor's office. The two have been sparring over the composition of the board, with Reddick wanting more picks for council members. Come back to tampabay.com for updates.

• One is the current governor of Florida and the other wants to succeed him. And both are Republicans. Beyond that, there's little common ground between Gov. Rick Scott and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau Chief Steve Bousquet takes a closer look at how the two state leaders are getting along. Check tampabay.com/politics later this morning.

• Allegiant Air has grabbed unwanted headlines all summer long because of a number of safety snafus, including several involving flights to or from St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport. But the airline has a 24 percent profit margin that is the highest of any airline on the planet and 50 straight quarters in the black. Times reporter William R. Levesque traveled to Las Vegas, where the airline is based, to write a profile of the company, which can be found this morning at tampabay.com/money.

• While homes prices in the Tampa Bay area have been on the rise, some neighborhoods are seeing more homes sold under value than others. Check tampabay.com/money Friday morning to see a report from real estate reporter Susan Taylor Martin on which neighborhoods fare the worst.

• We are now officially in October so we will hold your trembling hand to guide through the haunts already running at theme parks and attractions. Robbyn Mitchell has found a rising number of independent operators of haunted houses and mazes including two new ones in Tampa Bay. You can also get an insider's look at Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream and Universal's Halloween Horror Nights and some not-so-scary options for kids. Bookmark this page for all things Halloween.

• Speaking of Halloween, how did the holiday that was once dwarfed by Thanksgiving and Christmas become so mammoth itself — to the tune of $7 billion in consumer spending this year. Justine Griffin will have a look at the Halloween phenomenon Friday morning at tampabay.com/money.

• Every day John Breslin visits wife Rita, 87, at a Sun City Center nursing home. Rita moved there after having leg amputations. With her blessing, John, 90, goes out dancing three nights a week. Start your day with this story about how this couple's dance of life now moves to different rhythm.

• Look for Scouting Report to take on this weekend's Bucs game against Carolina by lunchtime at tampabay.com/sports, and then follow all of the high school football action tonight at tampabay.com/hometeam.

Your DayStarter: Today's weather (nice — seriously), the worst bay area neighborhoods for selling your home and a Bucs-Panthers scouting report 10/02/15 [Last modified: Friday, October 2, 2015 9:20am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2016 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...