1. The county began resurfacing work on 49th St. N. between Fifth Ave. N. and 38th Ave. N. Sunday. Crews are expected to work from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. County transportation officials estimate crews will take about two weeks to complete the St. Petersburg portion of the project before moving north after Labor Day. No detours are planned.
2. Over the weekend, and the St. Petersburg Police Headquarters for the RNC Kick-Off Party, which will be held on Aug. 26. The "world's largest cocktail party" is expected to have up to 25,000 delegates and members of the media attending.
3. The public invited to join Mayor Bill Foster for breakfast and conversation on Wednesday, Aug. 22, when Breakfast With the Mayor' touches down at , 540 First St. S.E. The Hangar will open for breakfast one hour early, at 7 a.m., for the popular breakfast program. Residents are invited to support the local economy with items from The Hangar's breakfast menu while sharing thoughts and ideas one-on-one with the mayor.
4. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has launched a new website that makes it easy for citizens who spot Florida panthers to share the information online. The website enables the public to report when and where they have seen a panther or its tracks and upload photos of the sighting. As recently as the 1970s, the Florida panther was close to disappearing, with as few as 20 animals in the wild. Now there are an estimated 100 to 160 adults and sub-adults. Sub-adults are panthers that have left their mother but are not yet breeding age, a FWC news release said.
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