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CAMPER HANGING OFF I-275 RAMP AFTER ST. PETERSBURG CRASH
A traffic headache in downtown St. Petersburg as a crash on Interstate 275 left a camper precariously dangling over an overpass. The crash occurred around 11 a.m. near Fifth Ave. S., according to police. Northbound traffic on I-275 will be delayed and Fifth Ave. S is closed between 16th Street and 20th Street. Stay with tampabay.com for updates.
REAL-LIFE MARGARITAVILLE WOWS PARROTHEAD RETIREES
Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach, Florida's newest 55-and older retirement community, is a collaboration of Buffett's Margaritaville Holdings and Tampa-based Minto Communities USA. It has enjoyed a reception nothing short of phenomenal ever since it was announced a year ago. When the sales center opened in November, more than 200 Parrotheads — as Buffett's fans are known — camped overnight for the chance to put a deposit on one of the first 378 lots available. For the over-55 set, Margaritaville Daytona Beach is becoming a bona fide tourist attraction. Read more from Susan Taylor Martin.
LIFE OR DEATH: JURY SET TO WEIGH FATE OF OFFICER CHARLES KONDEK'S KILLER
Bang bang bang bang. Bang bang bang. "1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. Seven shots." Those were the first words Assistant State Attorney James Hellickson yelled at the jury in a jarring start to his opening statement in the penalty phase of convicted cop-killer Marco Antonio Parilla Jr., 27, who pleaded guilty to the charge of first degree murder October to fatally shooting Tarpon Springs police Officer Charles Kondek on Dec. 21, 2014 with a stolen gun. Follow @ByJoshSolomon for updates.
AS FLORIDA'S GRAPEFRUIT SUPPLY DWINDLES, JAPANESE CUSTOMERS LOSE INTEREST
In the glory days, not all that long ago, Florida grapefruit farmers built their lives around Japan. And the Japanese stayed true, enjoying grapefruit for breakfast, for dessert, swirled in cocktails, individually wrapped as gifts, even saving the peels for aromatic nightly baths. Japan has one-third the population of the United States but consumed as much or more Florida grapefruit. Among imports in a typical Tokyo produce aisle, it was second only to bananas. Now Florida's grapefruit market is in shambles. Katie Sanders has the details.
FRENCHY'S SOUTH BEACH CAFE ON CLEARWATER BEACH IS SUING OVER A PROPOSED HOTEL
Typically, a new hotel with lots of hungry guests would be good for nearby restaurants. But the owner of Frenchy's South Beach Cafe isn't happy about a proposed 7-story, 88-room hotel that would partly surround it. In a lawsuit against the City of Clearwater and the hotel's developer, Michael "Frenchy'' Preston, seeks to quash a city hearing officer's approval of the Beachwalk Inn — a project his attorney has called with the popular cafe.