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Food stamp benefits will be available to Floridians in February but in a slightly different way. It’s going to be a lump sum payment at the end of this month. That’s due to the government shutdown. But there are concerns if recipients will get the word and they will budget appropriately.
The Humane Society of Tampa Bay joins a growing list of agencies helping out during the government shutdown. Free food will be available with proof of ownership at the shelter on Armenia Avenue weekday from noon to 7 pm, and weekends 10 am to 5 pm.
Monday is Martin Luther King Day and groups across the Bay area will be commemorating the life of Dr. King. Tampa, St Pete and Brooksville all have parades planned. Other cities will be hold celebrations as well. The offices of Cox Media Group will also be closed for the day.
St Pete/Clearwater International Airport is doing well. This past year saw 2,237,440 passengers use the airport and that’s a record for the fourth year in a row. New destinations helped and construction, terminal upgrades and work on the parking lots in ongoing, and you can learn more on how that might affect your trip at fly2pie.com and check “Directions and Parking.”
There’s a new scam targeting SunPass users. A warning from FDOT says fake emails are being sent from the address SunPassNotice@ezpass-collections.net. FDOT does not send past due notices through email and if you’ve received one and would like to let them know go to www.SunPass.com , or call the SunPass Customer Service Center at 1-888-865-5352.