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News at noon: Remembering Hurricane Charley; a 12-story condo proposed for downtown St. Pete; and more

Here are the top five latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com.
Published Aug. 13

Here are the top five latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com.

Remembering Hurricane Charley’s destruction, 15 years ago today

Fifteen years ago, Hurricane Charley walloped Florida. It was the most devastating storm since Hurricane Andrew touched down in 1992. Charley killed 15 people directly, caused an estimated $16 billion in property damage and left more than 1 million people without power.

Photos and front pages from Times archives capture the intensity and destruction of Hurricane Charley.

Beach Drive’s newest tower: A 12-story condo proposed for downtown St. Pete

Having moved one historic property, JMC Communities now plans to move another to make way for its newest condo project in downtown St. Petersburg.

The developer announced Monday that it will erect the Perry, a 12-story, 20-unit building, on the site of the Bay Gables house at 136 Fourth Ave. N. Built in 1910, that two-and-half story house will be relocated to a large corner lot several blocks to the west.

The condos will range from 1,700 to 2,700 square feet with two custom penthouses. Amenities will include a rooftop terrace, fitness center, bike storage and parking space.

How Trump’s new rule on immigration affects Florida

Green cards and visas will soon be denied to low-income immigrants who get — or will one day need — public assistance benefits like food stamps, housing vouchers, Supplemental Social Security Income and Medicaid, despite their having entered the U.S. legally, President Donald Trump’s administration announced Monday.

The government’s move to redefine and expand its definition of a “public charge”— someone who is considered to be primarily dependent on the government and a financial burden to the U.S. — is one of the administration’s most aggressive strides yet to limit legal immigration.

The new rule, which takes effect on Oct. 15, favors wealthier immigrants seeking permanent status and puts the poor at a disadvantage, analysts and scholars say.

How we got 12 Disney FastPasses at the last minute in one day

I’m a last-minute planner, I have come to realize. You’d think this habit would have hurt us on a quickly arranged trip to Walt Disney World during the height of vacation season. Not so.

With some strategic use of the Magic Kingdom’s FastPass+ system and the park’s app, fellow summer intern Angelique Herring and I got into 15 attractions, saw the parade and had good seat for fireworks. And we did it all at a fairly relaxed pace at the world’s most popular tourist attraction.

Parents spend more on school supplies than ever before. What’s that like for a parent on a tight budget?

American parents pay more than ever for their children’s school supplies, which for some means stretching a tight budget even thinner. Many feel those strains in Hernando County, where more than half of public school students meet the state’s definition of “economically disadvantaged.” Despite a proliferation of back-to-school events that aim to get supplies into the hands of kids whose families can’t afford them, the need remains.


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