Tuesday, August 21, 2012
The storm’s projected track has forecasters saying RNC planners and Bay area residents should keep their eyes and ears open.
Tropical Depression Nine is now Tropical Storm Isaac. While the storm is currently east of Puerto Rico, the five-day forecast puts it close enough to Florida that residents should be mindful of developments over the next few days, said Jennifer Colson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Ruskin office. “We’re going to be monitoring it,” she said. “It’s too early to say” where it will go. The storm’s general direction, however, is cause for Tampa Bay area residents to start getting ready – just in case. With the Republican National Convention starting on Sunday with a kick-off party at St. Petersburg's Tropicana Field, residents and convention goers need to be watching for updates. Residents should be “watching it, …
Saturday, August 11, 2012
The decision on the future of The Pier is out of voters hands, but residents and visitors have strong feelings about the iconic structure's fate.
What should be done with The St. Petersburg Pier? Patch headed out to ask St. Pete residents and visitors from out of town what should be done with the iconic structure.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
In a 110-page decision Thursday, the Supreme Court affirmed its support for a major health reform that will transform how care is delivered. Was the court correct?
Thursday, June 28, 2012
The Supreme Court, by a 5-4 vote, ruled in support of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Thursday. The landmark decision is likely to affect every American for years to come. Most immediately, it will enable the health care reforms – passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama – to take effect. They had been mired in lawsuits in lower courts. What do you think? Was it the right decision for you and your family? Voice your views in the comments section below. Dubbed ObamaCare, the reform package mandates that everyone pay into the health care coverage system. It requires individuals not covered by an employer or the government to buy health insurance. The ruling focused on the constitutionality of President Obama's…
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
The dog park, fishing piers and parts of North Beach are still closed at Fort De Soto Park, though all other Pinellas County parks are back in operation.
All Pinellas County parks are open for their regular hours of operation today, since Tropical Storm Debby moved away from Tampa Bay and weakened to a tropical depression. Only Fort De Soto Park remains partially closed: The fishing piers, dog park and parts of North Beach are off limits until flooding subsides. Meanwhile, the University of South Florida Geology Department is working with Pinellas County to provide a full analysis of beach erosion. County officials indicate that several beach areas were hard hit by the storm, extending from south Pass-A-Grille to areas along Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores. “We have a beach nourishment project already in place,” said Pinellas County Coastal Coordinator Andy Squires, “but we’ll need …
Standing water from the drenching rains of Tropical Storm Debby is creating a perfect breeding group for mosquitoes.
As if Tropical Storm Debby was not enough of a downer. Now Pinellas County residents have to deal with a mosquito invasion. Flooding created by Debby may create the perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes, according to Pinellas County officials. Standing water from Tropical Storm Debby is increasing problems countywide. Mosquito Control officials say that mosquitos are in the juvenile stages after Sunday’s rains. Officials have been doing treatments by ground and are planning an aerial "larviciding" campaign for north county areas on Thursday and south county areas on Friday. Crews will be monitoring wind patterns for the next several days and will be fogging select areas of the county toward the weekend. Vegetation crews will be …
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Fort De Soto, Fred Howard and Sand Key close due to rough surf and tidal flooding.
If you had any plans to take a gander at the rough seas at Fort DeSoto or another popular Pinellas County beach, you're out of luck. Pinellas County closed Fort De Soto, Fred Howard and Sand Key because of the unsafe surf from Tropical Storm Debby. Pinellas County Parks and Conservation Resources Department temporarily closed portions of Fort De Soto, Fred Howard and Sand Key. Park staff are monitoring the beaches and hope to open the parks Wednesday.
From a tornado that tore up Pass-a-Grille to pet owners whose dogs were swept away in a torrent of storm water, Tropical Storm Debby's damage was not only costly it felt very personal.
Tropical Storm Debby will be remembered for many years to come. Her fury upended buildings, disrupted lives and created a nightmare for motorists. The tropical storm is not done with Tampa Bay yet, as it lingers over the Gulf of Mexico. Patch is sharing a dozen stories about her impact, from Sarasota to St. Petersburg to New Port Richey. 1.) Dogs Swept Into Overflowing Culvert as Debby Lashes St. Pete 2.) Devastaton in Pass-A-Grille 3.) Riders of the Storm Surf Through Tropical Storm Debby 4.) Wind Gusts Keep Skyway Bridge Closed (Photos) 5.) Debby Does Damage to Sarasota 6.) Humane Society Flooded During Tropical Storm Debby 7.) Flooding Forces Valrico Residents to Move to Higher Ground 8.) Photos: Tropical Storm Debby Pounds Tampa's …
Monday, June 25, 2012
Here is a list of Monday closings, cancellations and delays in Pinellas County.
Tonight's session of the Pinellas County Schools FACE IT (Families Acting Collaboratively to Educate and Involve Teens) program that was scheduled for 6 p.m. at Clearwater High School has been canceled. For now, the remaining sessions this week will go on as scheduled. Classes at Pinellas Technical Education Centers (PTEC) are closed on both the St. Petersburg and Clearwater campuses today. Severe weather from Tropical Storm Debby is affecting PSTA bus service. Flood waters have forced detours for several routes that run in low-lying areas, and many routes are experiencing delays. Passengers are advised to check the PSTA website, www.psta.net for the latest detours and route information. All classes for public summer school students in …
Seek an alternate route this morning to work. The bridge is closed due to high winds.
Monday, June 25, 2012
The Sunshine Skyway Bridge, closed since 4 p.m. Sunday, remains shut down Monday morning. The bridge, which connects Pinellas and Manatee counties across Tampa Bay, will remain closed until the inclement weather subsides, according to Sgt. Steve Gaskins, FHP spokesperson. Wind speeds have reached 58 mph, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Motorists are urged to seek alternative travel routes and drive with extreme caution.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
After Tank, a 100-pound terrier, slipped and fell into a culvert near Tropicana Field, Layla jumped in to help the frightened animal and their owner.
Two pet terriers out for a rainy walk with their owners Sunday were swept into an overflowing culvert, as Tropical Storm Debby lashed St. Petersburg. Robert Montgomery and Cory Crosby said Sunday that they were walking their dogs on leashes in a grassy area near Tropicana Park, when one of the dogs slipped and fell into a culvert that runs under I-175 and into Booker Creek in Roser Park. "The water is normally not that high," Montgomery said. "The water usually looks like it is up to your knees." Montgomery said that he jumped in to save the 4-year-old Staffordshire Terrier, Tank, who weighs more than 100 pounds. Montgomery grabbed on to Tank as the chest-high rushing waters roared around him. As he tried to save Tank, 6-year-old Layla – …