Tuesday, September 18, 2018
News Roundup

Hundreds hold hands against offshore drilling on gulf beaches

CLEARWATER — A couple of hundred beach lovers, including assorted local and federal elected officials, clasped hands on Clearwater Beach Saturday to draw a line in the sand against offshore drilling.

"As long as I’m around there’s not going to be any oil rigs out there," Sen. Bill Nelson declared, noting that the BP oil spill off Louisiana hit even Florida beach communities as tourists stayed away.

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Held annually since the Deep Water Horizon explosion in 2010, the "Hands Across the Sand" demonstration was among 119 similar events staged simultaneously in 18 states and seven countries.

This year’s demonstration occurred as President Donald Trump’s administration seeks to open more of the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean to oil exploration. The administration has sent conflicting messages about whether politically powerful Florida would be excluded from that effort.

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"The threat doesn’t ever seem to go away," said St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman. "It’s like a vampire that keeps coming back."

The state director of Environment Florida, Jennifer Rubiello, said Pinellas County had the most participating beaches across the state as people held hands in Tarpon Springs, Palm Harbor, Indian Rocks Beach and Treasure Island late Saturday morning.

"The bottom line is there is overwhelming bipartisan support of not drilling off our coast," Rubiello said.

Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos noted that 40 percent of all jobs in Pinellas are linked to tourism, making environmental stewardship — from offshore drilling to litter — essential to the area’s economy and way of life.

"We want to make sure our coasts and our oceans are protected for future generations," Rubiello said. "Today was another testament to that."

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Weeki Wachee smoothie shop promises healthy meal in 30 seconds

Weeki Wachee smoothie shop promises healthy meal in 30 seconds

By Beth N. GrayTimes CorrespondentWEEKI WACHEE — For kitchen klutzes, dieters and health loyalists, relief is at hand under the sign: “The best meal of your day is right here. It will take 30 seconds.”The slogan is the first eye-...
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Hernando Events for Sept. 21

Events21 FridayAcademia Hernando Fall 2018 Lecture Series event: The Legendary Women of Broadway Musicals, by Joy Katzen-Guthrie. Academia Hernando is a nonprofit organization that offers a lecture series for adult life-long learning. The series incl...
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Hernando briefs for Sept. 21

BriefsCOUNTYWIDEPHSC to host Peace Week celebrationsPasco-Hernando State College will host its 11th annual Peace Week celebration Sept. 24-28 at its North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville, and its Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, ...
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Hernando Business Digest for Sept. 21

Briefly EMPLOYERS NEEDED FOR JOB FAIR: Pasco-Hernando State College, CareerSource Pasco Hernando, the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce and Hernando County Office of Economic Development are seeking employers to participate in the Open for...
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Hernando Pet of the Week for Sept. 21

PET OF THE WEEK Sheba is a 3-year-old black and tan female German shepherd. She is sweet, but exceptionally timid, and will need a calm, quiet home with no children. Sheba has been spayed, microchipped, vaccinated and has a one-year county animal lic...
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Derrick Brooks among Hall of Famers threatening to boycott induction ceremonies

Derrick Brooks among Hall of Famers threatening to boycott induction ceremonies

Former Bucs linebacker Derrick Brooks is among several Pro Football Hall of Famers who signed a letter today saying they would not attend the Hall's annual induction ceremony until they receive health insurance and an annual salary that includes...
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Pasco Business Digest for Sept. 21

Pasco Business Digest for Sept. 21

Business digest BrieflyOPEN HOUSE, RIBBON-CUTTING: On Aug. 29, the West Pasco Women’s Wellness & Pregnancy Center, 8125 U.S. 19, Port Richey, celebrated its new facility with an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony. The center provides c...
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Deputies: Pasco woman escapes attacker after death threats, sexual assault

Deputies: Pasco woman escapes attacker after death threats, sexual assault

PORT RICHEY — She was home doing laundry when he asked to come over. A few hours later she was running from his house, scared for her life after being raped, robbed and kidnapped, according to the Pasco Sheriff’s Office.Tyler Edward Pot...
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