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The DayStarter: St. Pete weighs in on Tropicana Field's future, and get ready for a 'beach' of bubbles in Tampa

The morning gets off to a start with sunshine, a light breeze and temperatures in the 70s, but look out for scattered storms during the afternoon and evening. 10Weather WTSP reports that temperatures will rise to the low to mid 90s in the afternoon.

• Tampa will finally get a beach next month, only this one will be a simulated ocean of translucent bubbles set up inside Amalie Arena. The arena this morning is unveiling its plans for the stunning play area that will be free thanks to the Vinik Family Foundation. Part art exhibit and part physics lesson, The Beach Tampa will put 1.2 million antimicrobial plastic balls in an all-white enclosure that families can play in. It's free, but timed tickets are required. They're available starting today.

• What should the city do with Tropicana Field's 85 acres of asphalt? And how can it keep the Tampa Bay Rays in town? The public has a chance to speak up today and to learn more about that effort. Follow Charlie Frago on Twitter (@CharlieFrago) for updates.

• Food critic Laura Reiley has both ends of the food spectrum covered, from caviar to doughnuts. The black caviar from Sarasota has been widely embraced by chefs and retailers. And as the only place in America bordered by three national estuaries, Florida's Gulf Coast could be the Silicon Valley of aquaculture, Reiley reports. But who are we kidding? Mmmm, doughnuts. Here are Tampa Bay's top 10 doughnut shops, rigorously selected for tenderness, flavor, crumb, presentation, topping range and sheer audacity.

• It was another night of missed opportunities for the Rays in a 7-4 loss at the Rockies. After Evan Longoria opened the eighth with his second triple of the night to put the tying run on third, the Rays failed not once, not twice, but three times to get him home. It was the Rays' 25th in their past 29 games, and their 11th straight on the road.

• While authorities continue to learn more about the bizarre claims of Gavin Eugene Long, who fatally shot three Baton Rouge police officers and wounded three others, a story in the Kansas City Star suggests Long may have patterned his shooting on lawyer Myron May, who fired shots in the Florida State University library in November 2014 before police killed him. Long posted a video of May on his YouTube channel, and Long — along with May and Washington Navy Shipyard shooter Aaron Alexis — is "at least the third 'targeted individual' to become a mass shooter in recent years," according to Derrick Robinson, executive director of People Against Covert Torture & Surveillance International.

• The Bucs are preparing for the new season in an unexpected way. Many players are practicing yoga to stay fit and flexible. Read about it later this morning at tampabay.com/sports.

• If you're watching the Rio Olympics this summer and something sounds familiar about the music being played between events and competitors, that's because the person spinning the music is from Tampa Bay. The DJ for the Tampa Bay Lightning and Buccaneers will be playing music on the world stage in Brazil.

• Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay, including Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson and his band of brothers at the State Theatre, plus $1 family movies at Regal theaters.

What should the city do with Tropicana Field's 85 acres of asphalt? And how can it keep the Tampa Bay Rays in town? The public has a chance to speak up today and to learn more about that effort. [Times files]

What should the city do with Tropicana Field's 85 acres of asphalt? And how can it keep the Tampa Bay Rays in town? The public has a chance to speak up today and to learn more about that effort. [Times files]

The DayStarter: St. Pete weighs in on Tropicana Field's future, and get ready for a 'beach' of bubbles in Tampa 07/19/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 8:02am]
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