News at Noon: The new Hagrid ride at Universal partially close for maintenance; Allegiant adding flights to State College, Pa. and Traverse City, Mich.; and more

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Published June 18
Updated June 18

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New Hagrid ride at Universal partially close for maintenance

The theme park Monday evening announced the ride, which opened to much fanfare less than a week ago, will now be closed until midday for the next few weeks. Universal did not give a specific time, but the ride hasn’t always opened with the park, as it was scheduled to.

Allegiant adding flights to State College, Pa. and Traverse City, Mich.

Allegiant said Tuesday it is adding nonstop flights between St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport and State College, Pa., the home of Penn State University and Traverse City, Mich.

For Allegiant, which already flies to 52 cities from the Pinellas airport, the additions are about getting tourists to the beach.

Flights to and from Traverse City, Mich. begin Oct. 16. Flights to State College, Pa., begin Oct. 18. Allegiant said it is offering introductory fares on Tuesday and Wednesday to promote the new service.

Sundial owner Bill Edwards puts Snell Isle home on market for $6.2 million

St. Petersburg entrepreneur Bill Edwards, former owner of the Tampa Bay Rowdies, is shedding more of his holdings.

On Monday, a contemporary waterfront house that Edwards had built next to his own home on Snell Isle, went on the market for $6.2 million, now the priciest active listing in that upscale neighborhood near downtown St. Petersburg.

Fishing, sex, defecation: Redington Beach neighbors file lawsuit over beach ordinance

A software executive has gone to court to accomplish what his complaints to deputies have not: Stop people from fishing, having sex and defecating in front of his mansion on the beach.

Shawn Moore, 41, chief technology officer with Solodev in Orlando, has joined with some of his neighbors to file suit against the town of Redington Beach over an ordinance that they claim has opened the door to the bad behavior.

On Becoming a God in Central Florida’ and more new shows set here

Showtime’s surprise summer series On Becoming a God in Central Florida is the latest scripted show set in the Sunshine State. Florida is already the setting for TNT’s Claws (set in Palmetto), Fresh off the Boat(set in Orlando) and the Pop network’s upcoming Florida Girls, a comedy with the tagline “No shirt, no shoes, no shame” about four broke, young women in Clearwater.

Florida Girls was created by The Mick producer Laura Chinn, and is said to be inspired by her real-life experiences growing up on Florida’s west coast.

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