The funeral for Pinellas County Sheriff Deputy Michael Magli will be Tuesday at Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz. Deputy Magli died when an alleged drunk driver struck him last week. It is open to the public but seating is limited due to social distancing and face covering must be worn. The doors will open at 10 am for the 11 am service to be followed by 21-gun salute outside the church along with a riderless horse, a last call, and a fly-over. The burial will be private and for family over, but the procession will follow a route for the public to say farewell along State Road 54 between the Suncoast Parkway and Community Drive. You’re asked to be in place by 12:30 p.m. Robert Holzaepfel was arrested in the case and will now first degree felony murder charges.
Four bars in Tampa could lose their liquor license or face suspension for not following the mask mandate. This morning Purple Heart Bar Lounge and Grill, Seventh & Grove, The Ritz Ybor and Club Prana will go before Tampa City Council at 9 am. MacDinton’s Irish Pub was also cited and will go before council March 8th.
The severe winter weather in part of the U.S. is responsible for slowing down deliveries of the coronavirus vaccine to some areas in Florida. If you have a reservation for a vaccination please check What You Need To Know on the Dove website for more information on the vaccine in Florida. You can also access the COVID-19 Call Center by calling 1-866-779-6121. The vaccine is for those 65 and older only for now.
Coronavirus cases rose by 5,065 new cases on Sunday. The state total is now at 1,868,772 with almost 30,000 Florida residents deaths at 29,906. Tampa is getting one of four federal vaccine sites in the state. The four sites will open March 3rd in Tampa, Miami, Orlando, and Jacksonville.
The family of former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Vincent Jackson is donating his brain for research for the degenerative brain disease CTE. Jackson was found dead earlier this week in a Brandon hotel room. The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office will not have the autopsy results for possibly a few months. During his playing days with the Bucs Jackson was 4th leading receiver in Buccaneers history, with 4,326 yards and 20 touchdowns.
No beads on Bayshore Blvd this year as EventFest and Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla announced Tuesday the annual event was canceled due to the pandemic. Gasparilla usually takes place in January and actually had been rescheduled for April. The new dates in 2022 will start with the Gasparilla children’s parade Saturday, January 22, 2022. The big invasion will follow the next weekend on Saturday, January 29, 2022. If you’ve already reserved a ticket you have the option of taking a refund, or rolling it over for a credit on your account for 2022, along with a 15% bonus.
Tampa City Council has also canceled the annual St Patrick’s Day “River O’ Green” Festival. The Hillsborough River will not be dyed green this year. Instead, council asks you to support local businesses that day and celebrate safely.