Daystarter: A group of scientists presented sea level rise projections; Cross-Bay Ferry riders support year-round; Charlie Morton balks at all of his walks

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.
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Published May 14
Updated May 14

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.

• It’ll be a cool morning, starting in the mid 70s. Then the clouds return with scattered showers and isolated thundershowers, and that gets worse in the afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. When you’re not getting soaked, the highs will be in the mid 80s. The rain should clear out by mid-afternoon, and the rest of the week will be dry and hot.

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• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay.

• A group of local scientists has been working on and off for months to come up with Tampa Bay-area projections for sea level rise. Their projections are 12 to 18 inches higher than the same group’s 2015 estimates on average.

• A survey of people who rode the Cross-Bay Ferry between downtown Tampa and St. Petersburg this year found strong interest in a year-round ferry service connecting multiple points in Tampa Bay, reports Caitlin Johnston. Those results were not coincidentally released Monday as the Hillsborough County Commission is set Wednesday to hear a proposal to start year-round ferry service.

• National sports teams are struggling with their Native American-themed mascots, but the Hillsborough County School District is tackling the issue head-on: To show its respect to the Native American community, Hillsborough school officials and students worked with a group of Native American parents to change school mascots at six schools and traditions at two high schools, reports Marlene Sokol.

• Radio talk show host Bubba the Love Sponge Clem took to the Tampa Bay Times Facebook page and wrote a rambling post that said he’s made “plenty of mistakes’’ but vows to continue airing shows that are “better than anything currently available.’’ Sure Bubba, whatever you say buddy.

• When Gov. Ron DeSantis talked after the 2019 legislative session about putting $300 million into teacher bonuses for next year, it seemed like a bit of extreme rounding. But that number includes $15.5 million to settle a federal lawsuit over a nearly two-year-old challenge to the bonus program that will benefit thousands of Florida’s black and Hispanic teachers, reports Jeffrey Solochek.

• Largo Commissioners voted 3-3 on an ordinance that would reduce the limits from 30 to 25 mph on as many as 696 streets, but Commissioner Samantha Fenger was absent, so the charter states they will vote again Tuesday during the next regular meeting.

• Grace Connection Church’s plans to sell its property to the city of St. Petersburg to build affordable housing angered neighbors, so now the church will sell to another congregation for less.

• St. Pete’s Holiday Motel the cottage with colorful doors on Fourth Street N seems destined for demolition, fated to be replaced with a retail strip. City Council members last week unanimously denied a request from Preserve the ‘Burg to designate the Holiday Motel a local historic landmark.

Former President Jimmy Carter has surgery for broken hip. The 94-year-old former president is recovering comfortably after successful surgery. He fell while leaving to go turkey hunting.

• The Florida Legislature has finished the 2019 session. But what exactly did lawmakers do? The Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau has coverage of all the fallout coverage from the state capital at the The Buzz.

• For the latest education coverage, make sure to read The Gradebook. And check out the Gradebook podcast as education reporter Jeffrey Solochek leads a weekly discussion about Florida education.

A local company is teaming up with Walmart to help open dozens of in-store vet clinics across the country, reports Sara DiNatale.

• Walmart the nation’s largest retailer said Tuesday it’s been building a network of more efficient e-commerce distribution centers to next-day deliver. The service will cover 220,000 popular items from diapers and non-perishable food items to toys and electronics.

• Check out the Times online Business page for the latest on the economy, jobs, real estate, retail and workplace culture.

• The Times online Arts and Entertainment page tells you everything you need to know about what to do, see, eat and experience around town.

Coming to Orlando: J Balvin, Logic, Trevor Noah and more Jonas Brothers. Local music fans really shouldn’t get too upset about tours that come to Orlando and not Tampa. Both cities get their share of big-time concerts, and envy runs both ways.

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• Read the Tampa Bay Times online Sports page with the latest news about the Lightning, Bucs, Rays, Bulls, Gators, Noles and high school sports. Times sportswriter Rick Stroud has the latest reaction and analysis from the whole team via our Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast.

The weather kept the Rays from taking off for Miami on Monday night, so the players will have to deal with a truncated scheduled today as they get ready for their 7:10 p.m. game against the Marlins.

• The Rays have started this season strong, but can they keep it up? Rays beat writer Marc Topkin will be there every step of the way. Follow him at @TBTimes_Rays.

• Charlie Morton has pitched well, but would like to improve on a career-high 11.4 walk rate in tonight’s start against Miami. The free passes haven’t really hurt Morton for a few reasons. First off, he’s not allowing many hits, just 33 in 44 1/3 innings, and opponents are batting just .207 against him, which would stand as the best of his career.

• The goal was not to fix Yandy Diaz after Tampa Bay acquired him from Cleveland for Jake Bauers and some cash. He was never broken in the first place, writes sports columnist John Romano. Instead, the Rays let Diaz become the power hitter they always knew he could be.

• Get the latest Bucs news as coach Bruce Arians gets ready for the 2019 season and follow Rick Stroud at @NFLSTROUD on Twitter and fellow beat writer Eduardo A. Encina at @EddieInTheYard.

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