St Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman made an appearance at yesterday’s meeting on proposals for what should be done with Tropicana Field if or when the Rays leave. There are four plans on the table from developers and another meeting is coming up tonight if you’d like to be heard from 6-8:30 pm. at the Coliseum, at 535 4th Avenue North in St. Pete. If you’re coming in person, they’d like you to pre-register here. The Economic Development team is also taking your comments online by clicking here.
Coronavirus cases are still going up in the Bay area, and Hillsborough County Commissioners are once again asking residents to continue wearing face coverings and respect social distancing rules. The highest number of cases are in the 18-35 age demographic with the very contagious UK strain of COVId-19 the most prevalent. Wednesday’s coronavirus case count rose by 5,885 with 33,822 deaths from the virus. The state total of cases is now at 2,096,747. For up to date information on where to get tested and find vaccine locations please check with us here.
US 41 reopened and the evacuation orders were lifted around the abandoned Piney Point phosphate plant. But environmental concerns continue over leakage of the fertilizer byproducts in the water. Officials plan to hold HRK Holdings responsible for what could be a $200 million dollar cleanup. The state will also look for cleanup funding from President Biden’s American Rescue Plan.
With vaccinations for COVID-19 now open to anyone 16 and older in Florida it looks like more women than men are getting the vaccine. Of the more than 16 million vaccinated to date, 3.6 are women. It’s the same nationwide with 57% of women vaccinated. Tuesday’s numbers in Florida showed another 5,556 new cases for a state total of 2,090,862, with a Florida resident death toll at 33,780, To find a vaccination site near you please check our Vaccine in Florida page here.
When colleges and universities reopen for the fall semester not all of them will require students to be vaccinated against COVID. USF is one of those as are Eckerd College and the University of Tampa. Many schools are still looking at the legal ramifications of a vaccine mandate.
Ride share companies have raised their rates due to a shortage of drivers and more people wanting to use Uber and Lyft. Both companies are hiring and offering incentives for drivers. But for now get ready to dig a little deeper for your ride.
Norwegian Cruise Lines would like to set sail soon. The cruise line is asking the CDC for permission to begin scheduling cruises as early as July 4th. Anyone on board, including staff and passengers would have to be vaccinated at least two weeks prior to sailing. Last Friday the CDC did say anyone fully vaccinated can travel within the U.S. without getting tested for the coronavirus or going into quarantine afterward, but did not say when the cruise industry could resume trips.
Disney Cruise Lines have put a hold on their cruises, suspending all cruises through June 2021. If you’ve already booked a cruise that’s been cancelled you can get a full refund or a credit for a future cruise.