Tampa City Council got a look at the proposed 2022-2023 fiscal year budget from Mayor Jane Castor yesterday, which includes $20 million dollars for housing-related services. The Mayor’s budget also focused on services for Tampa resident, workforce development and increasing the amount of affordable housing. The “Resilient Tampa” proposed budget will still need final approval from Council.
Public schools will be opening next week, and there’s a desperate need for teachers. The Florida Department of Education has 9,000 positions open statewide, with Hillsborough County among those with the most positions open with a total of 1,400, some 700 of those teachers. This is, by the way, the final week to take advantage of tax free shopping for certain back to school items, with the full list here. The last day is this Sunday.
The 2022 Florida Python Challenge gets underway today and will continue through the 14th. There’s cash prizes for the person who removes the most pythons at $2,5000, and if you’re lucky enough to catch the the longest python, you’d get $1,500. Participants did have to register in advance to be eligible, but if you find Burmese Pythons on private property, the FWC says it’s fine to get rid of it.
The winner of the Mega Millions jackpot may not be from Florida, but there are least five Floridians who may not be at work today. Three winning tickets sold in Florida were good for two million dollars, and two tickets sold in Florida were good for a million dollars. The one winning ticket that had all the winning numbers was sold in Illinois at a Speedway gas station on East Touhy Avenue in Des Plaines, Illinois, and was worth $1.337 billion. The station will get a 1% commission on that jackpot. Two of those million dollar winners were bought in the Tampa Bay area.
It’s now official - July was the hottest month on record. Tampa’s average temp in July was 86.3 degrees, breaking the old record of 85.8 from September of 2018. Dryer conditions thanks to the Saharan dust also kept the threat of any thunderstorms forming. This week’s Dove Tampa Bay forecast from 10 Tampa Bay does have an increasing change for rain.
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