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Winn-Dixie contributes to Tampa charities

The charitable foundation associated with Winn-Dixie supermarkets came to Tampa on Friday, handing out more than $100,000 in cash and canned goods to local charities.

Winn-Dixie Foundation of Jacksonville gave $25,000 checks to America's Second Harvest of Tampa Bay, American Cancer Society Hope Lodge as well as its Relay for Life Florida Partnership and ENLACE, a program that supports Hispanic students in Hillsborough County.

Winn-Dixie also donated a semitrailer truck filled with food to the local food bank. The Tampa visit was part of a five-city tour for the charity, which will donate a total of $675,000 to community organizations.


Regional light rail idea gets a new look

An old idea is finding new life in central Pasco, as a regional commuter network becomes the latest buzz among transportation planners.

In the last two months, the idea of using CSX Corp.'s central Pasco freight line for regional mass transit has resurfaced in ongoing talks between the Tampa Bay Partnership and CSX, said Dewey Mitchell, a past chairman of the partnership involved in the talks.

The idea was last floated in the early 1990s, as part of a regional proposal that petered out for lack of a critical mass of population.

But now, development in Pasco is helping to fuel a sense of urgency for mass transit, and regional officials are pinpointing areas for potential commuter rail lines in the future.

In Pasco, the right-of-way corridors identified are the major north-south thoroughfares of U.S. 19, the Suncoast Parkway, Interstate 75, the rail line hugging U.S. 41, and along power lines. They include the east-west routes of State Roads 54 and 52.


Cruise ship loses power in Tampa Bay

An outbound cruise ship stalled for about an hour Friday evening after losing power in the middle of Tampa Bay.

The Ryndam, a 10-deck Holland of America cruise ship carrying 1,250 passengers, lost power at about 8 p.m., Coast Guard Petty Officer Tasha Tully said.

The ship regained electricity, but the Coast Guard delayed departure to investigate.