The Bucs kicked off the season for the NFL and hometown fans last night at Raymond James Stadium with a 31-29 win over the Dallas Cowboys. It was kicker Ryan Succop’s 36-yard field goal that sealed the win with seconds left in the game. The Bucs next game won’t be until Sunday, Sept 19th against the Atlanta Falcons at Raymond James Stadium.
Lightning Captain Steve Stamkos recently sold his home on Davis Islands, and turned around and bought another. How? According to a story in the Tampa Bay Times, it was a matter of going door asking neighbors if they were interested in selling. His new home listed for $8.35 million dollars. The Lightning open the new season against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Amalie Arena Thursday, October 12th.
Hillsborough County Schools have extended the mask mandate for another 30 days, now through October 15th. A student can be exempt from the mandate if they have a doctor’s note. Health care workers in Florida will now have to be vaccinated under a new ruling from The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services if they are part of the Medicare and Medicaid programs. There are also new rules in place for federal workers which you can read about here.
Saturday marks the 20th anniversary on the attacks on America at the World Trade Center Towers, the Pentagon, and the plane that crashed into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania after allegedly heading for the White House. Ceremonies are planned across the Bay area which you can see here, and Curlew Hills Memory Gardens will have twin shafts of blue lights Friday through Sunday from 8-10 pm in honor of the lives lost on Sept. 11th.
The Florida Department of Health will start to issue $5,000 fines against any business, government agency or institution that violates the state of Florida’s ban on “vaccine passports.” Those fines would begin September 16th and violators will be given 30 days to pay. The new law would not affect a business that requites their employees be vaccinated. For a look at the ruling from the Florida Department of Health click here.
Starting Saturday, September 18th, patrons over the age of five in any of the theaters at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts will have to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test. Masks are still required as well for those 2 and older. If you don’t want to comply you will have to contact the Straz ticket sales office by Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 6 pm to ask for a refund or on-account Straz credit. You can also email the Straz email at email@example.com or call 813.229.7827 Monday through Friday 11 am. to 6 pm. For more from the Straz, please check here.
Want to be a mermaid? Weeki Wachee Springs State Park will hold auditions October 2nd and can last up to two hours. Part of the process includes includes an an endurance swim test. You must pre-register, with no walk ups allowed and be at least 18 years old. Click here for those link to sign up, and good luck!
Carnival Cruise Lines have a sailing date set out of the Port of Tampa next Month. The Carnival Pride sails November 14 and anyone on board must have proof they are fully vaccinated and provide a negative COVID-19 test. There are some exemptions which you can see here. Port Tampa will see other ships sailing soon with Royal Caribbean to start sailing in October and other cruise lines in the fall and winter.
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