It is not law yet, but at yesterday’s Tampa City Council meeting by a vote of 5-1, a new ordinance regarding noise levels in areas such as the Arena and Ybor City areas was approved. It will take at least six months to become a law and could be changed after council members meet with the community for their input. As it stands, the new ordinance would be based on decibel levels between decibels between 1 am and 3 am, and 3 am and 6 am.
It’s going to get noisy Sunday at Raymond James Stadium Sunday as the playoffs begin at 1 pm. The Bucs take on the Philadelphia Eagles at home, and a win would guarantee the next game is also at home. Good news also with wide receiver Mike Evans back on the active roster. The Bucs are handing our free swag in advance of Sunday’s playoff game with the Eagles. The cheerleaders, the Bucs Beat Line and Captain Fear will be in the south parking lots at Raymond James Stadium this Friday from 5:30-10 a.m. while supplies last. Bucs QB Tom Brady just picked up honors as the FedEx Air Player of the Week for the15th in his career, and that’s the most in league history, and makes the third time this season alone he has won the award.
The staff at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium said a final farewell to Winter the Dolphin Thursday. The famous dolphin with prosthetic tail passed away at the CMA last month, and her ashes were scattered in the Gulf of Mexico. The staff was escorted out in the Gulf on the Coast Guard’s 45-foot response boat and included a C-130 flyover.
Another Road Ranger was struck and injured by a hit-and-run driver and a $5,000 reward is offered for information leading to their arrest. The accident happened on I-75 in Wesley Chapel, the the north of Overpass Road. The Ranger was on the scene of a crash with FHP in a section of the road that was closed with traffic cones and flares when the driver of a silver or light gray Toyota Camry or Corolla went into that area, struck the Ranger and left the scene. All they have is a partial plate number of “F90″ and are asking for any information. You can remain anonymous, but call Crime Stoppers at 800-873-8477, or call the FHP at 813-558-1800.
The death of Tampa Bay Rays bullpen catcher Jean Ramirez has been ruled a suicide. He was just 28, and had joined the team in 2016. Rays Manager Kevin Cash called Ramirez “an incredible teammate and friend.” If you’re having a mental health crisis please reach out for help by calling the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay at 211 or call 911. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is also open at 1-800-273-8255.
The blood shortage in the U.S. has become so bad. the American Red Cross has declared a blood emergency. It’s the first time in history they’re done so, with many centers down to just one days supply. To find a local blood donation location, click here for One Blood, and for Suncoast Blood Centers, check here.
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