The Florida Department of Environmental Protection says what was an uncontrolled leak at Piney Point has stopped going into Piney Creek, but continue to use 26 pumps and 10 vacuum trucks to stop a possible breach. The environmental impact of the water that contains phosphorus and nitrogen is being studied, with some people on Anna Maria Island already noticing a difference in the area’s sealife.
COVID-19 vaccinations are now available to all Florida residents 16 and older. The Pfizer vaccine is for those 16 and 17, and the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson for those 18 and older. A record number of vaccine doses are on the way that will cover first and second doses with just under 30% of Floridians vaccinated, leaving over 12 million Floridians not vaccinated, Please click here for more on the Vaccine in Florida for testing and vaccination sites.
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.
Governor Ron DeSantis issued an executive order banning “vaccine passports.” That’s in effect for the next 90 days and bans any business from banning anyone who can’t prove they’ve been vaccinated. By the way, if you are fully vaccinated the CDC says you do not have to quarantine or be tested for COVID anymore.
Great news for Tampa Bay Buc’s fans. The team says all 22 starters from last year’s Super Bowl winning team will be back for the new season. And the Tampa Bay Rays have sold out Friday’s home opener against the Yankees, but that’s with only 9,000 tickets sold due to social distancing concerns.
Pasco County has dropped the county’s mask mandate. However, that does not apply to public schools where staff and students must still wear face coverings as well as on public transportation.
The Tampa Pride Parade will be back in May. You will still have to wear a face covering at the event scheduled for May 22nd after being postponed three times last year. We have more event information here.