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Your DayStarter: Highs still in the 80s, more RayJay renovation news, seaplane flights to Fort Lauderdale and our Elf on the Shelf

Our Tampa Bay Elf on the Shelf, Nellie, stops by Datz Dough in Tampa. Check out more of her adventures on our Instagram.

Our Tampa Bay Elf on the Shelf, Nellie, stops by Datz Dough in Tampa. Check out more of her adventures on our Instagram.

It'll hit 80 degrees yet again today, the last day before a cold front promises to bring some relief from this heat (fingers crossed). This afternoon will see partly cloudy skies and some showers, according to WTSP 10Weather.

• What's expected to end up being a $100 million deal to pay for renovations the Bucs want at Raymond James Stadium goes to the City Council for approval today. It will be the last of three votes to make it official. Follow @Danielson_Times for today's developments.

• Tropic Ocean Airways, a Fort Lauderdale-based seaplane company, will begin offering flights to and from Albert Whitted Airport and Fort Lauderdale International Airport. Mayor Rick Kriseman and Tropic Ocean's CEO, Rob Ceravolo, will make an announcement at the airport at 9 a.m. Follow @SunBizGriffin for updates.

• Visit @TampaBayTimes on Instagram to meet Nellie, our Tampa Bay Elf on the Shelf. Nellie has been traveling all around Tampa Bay, keeping an eye on who's been nice and who's been naughty. She's been to Sunken Gardens, Ybor City and Tropicana Field, and she met a very special Tampa Bay dolphin yesterday. Check it out and stay tuned for more of Nellie's adventures on Instagram. Do you have your own Elf on the Shelf? Play along using the hashtag #TampaBayElfontheShelf.

• Gov. Rick Scott will be in Tampa this afternoon to talk about new jobs at Willis Group Holdings. (That's the same London-based Willis Group that moved into the former Sears Tower in Chicago in 2009.) A news conference begins at 2:30 p.m. Follow @thadmoore.

• Today, the 2016 inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will be announced, and it could be one of our own who makes the cut. Check Soundcheck, our music blog, later today to see if iconic power pop forebears Cheap Trick get inducted. Singer Robin Zander has lived in Safety Harbor for more than 22 years. Our pop music critic Jay Cridlin talked to Zander back in October when he said he was "flabbergasted" by his band's nomination.

• This year's breakout pop star The Weeknd hits Amalie Arena tonight. The Canadian R&B dynamo, Abel Tesfaye, has become music's biggest Rorschach test, Cridlin says. "We see in Tesfaye whatever we want to see — and what we see says a lot about what we want our pop stars to be."

• Thursday Night Football! The Bucs play at St. Louis tonight. Look for Thomas Bassinger's scouting report by lunchtime at tampabay.com/bucs. Then follow our live blog tonight at tampabay.com/sports as beat writers Rick Stroud and Greg Auman keep up with the action.

• With Steven Stamkos contract mania at a fever pitching Canada, check out beat writer Joe Smith's latest Lightning Strikes podcast this morning at tampabay.com/lightning.

Your DayStarter: Highs still in the 80s, more RayJay renovation news, seaplane flights to Fort Lauderdale and our Elf on the Shelf 12/17/15 [Last modified: Thursday, December 17, 2015 7:56am]
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