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Boaters line up at the Gandy Boat Ramp to enjoy some social distancing on the waters of Tampa Bay on Saturday. [LUIS SANTANA   |   TIMES  |  Tampa Bay Times]
Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, who was closely monitoring the boating scene, said boaters were behaving better this weekend than last weekend.
Yesterday• Pinellas
The city will be offering $5,000 grants to eligible small businesses and $500 grants to employees.
Yesterday• Health
Tampa Mayor Jane Castor lauded residents for staying apart, while St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman chastised people for crowding. The difference? It might be the parks.
Yesterday• Health
Hillsborough’s transit agency should receive about $36 million of that money to help it “prevent, prepare for and respond to the coronavirus.”
Apr. 2• Health

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  1. Firefighter/Paramedic William Fletcher (center) wears COVID-19 personal protective equipment and EMT Mya Jones wears basic level personal protective equipment during a press conference in the parking lot of Northwest Community Pool in St. Petersburg Tuesday, March 31, 2020
St. Petersburg Fire Rescue, in partnership with Sunstar Paramedics, has developed a strategy to deploy COVID-19 Strike Teams. The primary objective of these strike teams will be to respond to potential COVID-19 calls to reduce the frequency of exposure for the rest of the agency. COVID-19 Strike Team personnel are not to access or use fire station facilities, in an effort to reduce the risk to our agency, so that we can maintain staffing and resource levels to continue in our mission of protecting the entire community. The intent is for the Strike Team units to be in a constant state of readiness where needed and will be strategically located throughout the city. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Times]
  2. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri walks towards stores at the Clearwater Mall Thursday, March 26, 2020 in Clearwater. Sheriff Gualitieri and Clearwater Police Daniel Slaughter where out at businesses Thursday posting fliers which contain information about the county's recent "COVID-19 Safer at Home" resolution [CHRIS URSO      |  Times]
  3. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor speaks during a news conference about the recent coronavirus pandemic Thursday, March 12, 2020 in Tampa. [CHRIS URSO      |  Times]
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  5. Boaters line up at the Gandy Boat Ramp to enjoy some social distancing on the waters of Tampa Bay on Saturday. [LUIS SANTANA   |   TIMES  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  6. Mandy Minor works with her 8-year-old daughter, Clara, on a class assignment at home. Clara suffers from learning and developmental delays due to DiGeorge Syndrome. Without peers and a teacher to propel her through the day, she burns out quickly, her mother says. [Courtesy of Alastair St. Hill]
  7. St. Petersburg-owned bars and restaurants and their St. Petersburg resident employees will be eligible for the grants. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
  8. From left, HCA Healthcare nurses Debbie Montoya, Mary Dechari and Rosanne O'Malley speak with an unidentified hospital employee near the employee entrance to the Medical Center of Trinity Wednesday. The three were handing out fliers urging HCA to provide health workers with the necessary equipment to safely treat COVID-19 patients. Workers at other local hospitals have voiced similar concerns. [CHRIS URSO      |  Times]
  9. Pinellas County schools will expand its number of free meal sites for students while schools are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. [STEVEN SENNE  |  Associated Press]
  10. Madico of Pinellas Park produces film products in a clean-room coating area. The company recently retooled its production to make face shields for health care workers. [Madico]
  11. Video producer/editor Mike Fitzer films a virtual Easter service with the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), at the denomination's headquarters in Kentucky. The service will be available to churches nationally. Photo by Kathy Francis [Kathy Francis]
  12. Residents pass the time away reading and chatting with others At the emergency homeless shelter setup by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Petersburg and the City of Tampa was completely filled. Pictured on Thursday in Tampa. [LUIS SANTANA   |   TIMES  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  1. Spoor Bunch Franz, a tax and accounting firm in St. Petersburg, ranked No. 4 this year in the Top Workplaces small business category. Pictured is its St. Petersburg office. [Scott Keeler | Times] [SCOTT KEELER  |  TAMPA BAY TIMES]
  2. The staff of Ruth Eckerd Hall gathers for a photo in front of part of its recently renovated lobby and members-only area. [Ruth Eckerd Hall]
  3. Supervisor Kat Watters, center, visits with beach team members Fred Marsalisi, left, and Sydney Going, at the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
  4. The new federal Paycheck Protection Program aims to help companies continue to make payroll with $349 billion in forgivable loans, but the day before applications opened, questions abounded. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) [MATT ROURKE  |  AP]
  5. A database released by the state shows how many hospital beds, including those in intensive care units, are available in Florida to handle the spread of the coronavirus in the coming days. [Times (2011)]
  6. Customers come and go Thursday morning from the Publix supermarket at 525 S Belcher Road, where employees were informed that a co-worker had tested positive for coronavirus. [CHRIS URSO      |  Times]
  7. An employee of the sbe hotel chain in Miami loads a box of supplies into the car of a colleague last week. The hotel chain provided care packages to its employees now facing unemployment due to the new coronavirus pandemic. [LYNNE SLADKY  |  AP]
  8. Lynn Cristina is a Wesley Chapel mom with two daughters. [Courtesy of Lynn Cristina]
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  10. Children's chalk messages are seen on the sidewalk along Ridge Road near the intersection of Lake St. George Drive Tuesday in Palm Harbor. [CHRIS URSO      |  Times]
  11. A usually active 200 block of Central Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg is eerily quiet at around 9:30 pm on Wednesday night March 18, 2020 as restaurants and bars closed early due to the government mandated operating restrictions including alcohol sales impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic.  [BOYZELL HOSEY  |  BOYZELL HOSEY   |   Times]
  12. Zac Giparas, 28, takes a picture of the COVID-19 update beach closure sign along the sand at North Shore Park on Friday, March 20, 2020 in St. Petersburg. Giparas is a USF grad student currently on spring break. "It's a safety  concern. You gotta do what you can for public safety," he said, regarding an earlier order for the local beaches to close. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
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