Hurricane Season Officially Begins

The official start of hurricane season begins today, but we’ve already had our first named storm of the season - Ana. For what is predicted to be another above-normal season please check the Dove Hurricane Guide for preparation tips and to know your evacuation zone. This is Hurricane Preparedness Week and tax-free shopping for supplies will continue through June 6th. The list for Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday includes items such as flashlights, portable generators and batteries, and much more.

The Lightning go into game two in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs tonight in the PNC Arena at 7:30 pm, then the Lightning come home to Amalie Arena for game three Thursday, June 3rd and game four Saturday, June 5th. The Bolts lead the series 1-0.

Carnival Cruise Lines has CDC approval to sail from Florida and Texas this summer. There are no current plans to sail from Tampa, but that order will include the ports of Galveston in Texas, Miami and Port Canaveral in Florida. Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Edge cruise ship also has CDC approval for cruises.

The frustration over finding a space to park in St Pete Beach might not be as bad now that the city has a new parking web page to help you find those spaces using sensors for open spaces like they do at Tampa International Airport. The map will show available spaces in an area from 9th Ave and Pass-a-Grille Way.

Reports from the CDC have 50% of Americans vaccinated against COVID-19 and over 60% have had at least their first dose of the vaccine. You’ll find fewer testing sites in the Bay area with FEMA sites shutting down for good in Tampa at the Greyhound track on Waters Avenue as well as those in the Gateway Mall in Jacksonville, Miami Dade College and Valencia College in Orlando. You can still get tested at Florida Department of Health sites, through community care centers, and primary care providers. For more information check the COVID-19 Vaccine in Florida site.

Florida will no longer be a part of the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program as of June 26th, and that means an end to the $300 weekly benefits. Floridians that receive unemployment benefits will have to show proof they’ve been looking for a job on a weekly basis as today. Business owners will also have to report someone who’s receiving benefits but isn’t following the “work search rule.” That means you must prove you’ve applied for at least five jobs a week.

E-ZPass® is now accepted on Florida’s toll roads along with our SunPass. The Florida Department of Transportation made the announcement Friday. FDOT is also offering SunPass PRO which will be accepted in 18 states.

Stingray Bay will remain closed at Zoo Tampa after all the rays were found dead in their habitat Thursday. No one knows what happened, and it will take some time before the investigation is complete for an answer. It could take as long as eight weeks.

Ann Kelly

Hello, I am Ann Kelly! I was born in Garfield Heights, Ohio (which is a suburb of Cleveland) as one of five children!

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