Florida Education Commissioner, Richard Corcoran now says Hillsborough County Schools can go ahead with the planned four-week online learning period to start the school year. He said he still believes it’s not the right decision and will give Hillsborough County Superintendent Addison Davis until Friday to submit a report for each school and why it should stay closed for those four weeks.
Bay area Teachers could use some help with classroom supplies. The “Adopt a Teacher” program on Facebook includes lists from teachers with specific needs and where you can buy them. Some of the most requested items are cleaning supplies. masks and air purifiers. For your county’s Adopt A Teacher wish list please check here.
The National Hurricane Center is watching Invest 95-L, several hundred miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands with a 60% chance of development over the next five days. Just last week the 202 hurricane season was updated to 19 to 25 named storms, including 7 to 11 hurricanes. On that pace it would come close to being one of the most active seasons ever. The Dove Hurricane Guide has advice from our weather partners at 10 Tampa Bay on what preparations you should already have made and other helpful tips.
The trial for two man accused of racing on Bayshore Boulevard resulting in the death of a mother and her baby is on hold until January. A story in this morning’s Times says the trial for Cameron Herrin and John Barrineau is now schedule for January 4th. Jessica Reisinger-Raubenolt and her 21-month-old daughter, Lillia died when they were struck by a car driven by Herrin.
When the cruise line industry shut down in March due to the coronavirus pandemic it meant a big loss to the Florida economy. Experts estimate it’s a $23 billion dollar loss.. So far 169,000 jobs have been lost at ports, and now Florida Ports Council president Doug Wheeler is asking for $1.5 billion for U.S. seaport,l along with another $2 billion for other eligible maritime businesses. The Florida Ports Council has already asked for relief funds. The Cruise Lines International Association announced no sailings until at least September. The CDC’s No Sail Order bans cruising in U.S. waters until at least Oct. 1
The statewide moratorium on housing evictions and foreclosures has been extended with a new date of September 1st. Property owners who are not receiving their payments are now in the position of laying off staff and downsizing themselves. When the moratorium does end you are responsible for all back payments and can be evicted for non-payment.
A brush fire in the Brooker Creek Preserve will likely take days to extinguish. PInellas County residents will notice the smoke around the area near Tarpon Springs and may want to avoid the area for now.