Thursday, January 18, 2018
News Roundup

The DayStarter: St. Pete and Tampa look at plans for a few updates, Hillsborough hears about transportation funding and the Rays start their draft

Today's weather should look pretty similar to yesterday's, with a humid morning, temperatures in the upper 80s and storms later in the day, according to 10Weather WTSP. Unfortunately for anyone sick of the rain, it's not going away for a few days.

• Tropical Storm Colin exposed glaring weaknesses in Tampa Bay's infrastructure. In Tampa, Mayor Bob Buckhorn says more money needs to be spent on sewers. St. Petersburg council member Karl Nurse has a plan to spend $29 million, which he will discuss today at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall.

• The Hillsborough County Commission will hold yet another public hearing on the ever-growing number of proposed transportation funding plans. The commissioners voted 4 to 3 to reject letting voters decide on 20-year and 30-year taxes. They will consider more short-term sales tax hikes for 5, 10 and 15 years. The hearing starts at 6 p.m. at County Center. Follow Steve Contorno on Twitter (@scontorno) for updates (and maybe some GIFs).

• The baseball draft starts tonight. For the Rays' first-round pick, follow Roger Mooney at @RogerMooney50. And Rodney Page will be tracking to see if Lakewood's Bo Bichette is picked on the first night. Follow @RodneyHomeTeam.

• The Bucs have an offseason workout today. Look to tampabay.com/sports for updates.

• Remember when the only options for working out were smelly gyms with guys grunting in front of the mirror? We've come a long way in how we stay in shape. Some new gyms strive to bring people together in a community, often with on-site drinks after the workout. Read about the trend today at tampabay.com/business.

• St. Petersburg's sizzling housing market is starting to move into some areas of the city that have been long neglected or marginalized. See what real estate agents and developers see for these areas today at tampabay.com/business.

• Time to plan your weekend! Our writers and critics have their top picks for fun on our weekend planner page, including Star Wars Night at the Trop and the last chance to see how Disney and Dali found inspiration and friendship.

• Port Tampa Bay has announced a new partner in helping to finance its new cold storage facility, a key part of its growth. Read more about it this morning at tampabay.com/business.

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay, including a drag queen twist on a Dickens tale and best-selling author Lisa Unger talking about her latest thriller.

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