Thursday, March 7, 2013
Dream of warmer days at the annual Tampa Bay Boat Show in St. Pete this weekend.
Although it doesn't feel like it, it's almost spring. Start thinking about warmer days now and head over to the Tropicana Field Friday through Sunday for the annual Tampa Bay Boat Show. Boaters and would-be boaters can check out the latest and greatest boats, personal water craft and fishing gear. There will be millions of dollars of boating inventory; basically something for everyone! The event is free and open to the entire family. Parking at the Tropicana Field is $6. The show runs 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday. Go to www.tampabayboatshows.com for more information. Sign up for the St. Pete Patch email newsletter to get more top headlines and breaking news delivered to your inbox.
Monday, March 4, 2013
It’s looking like Gov. Rick Scott’s decision to go along this major plank in the Obamacare plan is getting a frigid reception from State lawmakers. What do you think about it Tampa Bay?
Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s recent flip-flop on Obamacare might be a moot point. It looks like the plan to expand the state’s Medicaid coverage to another 1 million or so people is falling flat with other Florida lawmakers. A state House committee recently decided that expanding Medicaid to provide care for the uninsured wasn’t the way to go, according to a report on TBO.com. Committee members, TBO reported, said they were concerned about the quality of care and the costs associated with the proposal. Scott recently said he’d go along with the notion of expanding Medicaid since the federal government would be paying for it for the first three years as part of the Obamacare package, which is more formally known as the Affordable Care Act. The…
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Afternoon walkers on Dunedin Causeway would have had no indication of Justin Riney's epic Expedition Florida 500 journey unfolding nearby on Monday.
Afternoon walkers on Dunedin Causeway would have had no indication of the epic journey unfolding in their very presence on Monday. Just across the street between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. a large group of high school students appearing to be goofing around on Stand-Up Paddle boards were actually waiting for a speck on the horizon to arrive. The speck, their coach and teacher Dave Sica told them, was a paddler named Justin Riney, founder and CEO of Mother Ocean, a non-profit group dedicated to empowering ocean advocates around the world. Sica, a history teacher at Countryside High School and Pinellas Surf Organization coach, brought his family, along with 35 of his Pinellas Surf students, to meet Riney after school on Dunedin Causeway. He was on …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Construction is underway on the 1.8 mile, 14 turn waterfront race track in downtown St. Pete.
Fast cars, world-class drivers and thousands of auto racing fans from around the world will descend upon downtown St. Pete for the annual 2013 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, March 22 - 24. For the third year in a row, the event will kick off the IZOD IndyCar Series. Although the event is more than a month away, construction crews have already begun setting up the street race track. The street track for the three-day event takes about 35 days to build and requires 250 construction workers, according to GPStPete.com. According to GPStPete.com more than 20,000 feet of steel-reinforced concrete blocks, 44,000 feet of chain-link fencing and 12,000 tires will be used to construct the race track. Several downtown streets are closed and will …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
If he had a son, the president probably would not let him play football. But a doctor at All Children's Hospital who has treated many concussions said his boy will be free to get on the gridiron.
Football and hard hits go together like beer and chicken wings. But the debate over concussions and player safety has intensified, with President Barack Obama saying he would have to think “long and hard” if he had a son who asked to play football. While NFL players are adults who know the risks they are taking, some say, the same can’t always be said for youth athletes — and that has many parents and medical professionals concerned. “We have always seen concussions but there is more emphasis on their diagnosis and recognition,” said Dr. Patrick Mularoni, who works in the emergency room and the sports medicine concussion clinic at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg. The majority of concussions in young athletes are occurring during …
Saturday, February 16, 2013
We want to know what you think, Tampa Bay!
With Super Bowl championships occupying the top three slots in most-watched telecasts in U.S. history, it seems football is as popular as ever. Yet the sport is at the epicenter of a national debate on the long-term effects of concussions and whether tackling is safe for youngsters. President Barack Obama recently threw his two cents in, saying if he had a son he would think twice before letting him get on the gridiron. And Boston University researchers last year released a comprehensive study showing there is a link between permanent brain injury and repeated blows to the head, according to the Boston Globe. Of concern to some is the prevalence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy in some older athletes. Often referred to as simply CTE, …
Monday, February 11, 2013
You may be surprised by the answer!
Want to help your child stay fit or trim down? One of the more popular options, of course, is to join the local YMCA. Patch recently spoke with the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA to get some tips on how kids can stay healthy. The association consists of nearly 20 locations throughout the Bay Area. Patch: How much exercise should youngsters get? YMCA: Getting 45 to 60 minutes of activity on as many days as possible, even if it is broken up into 15-minute segments, is an important goal. Patch: At what age is it considered safe for children to begin lifting weights? YMCA: The American Academy of Pediatrics position on strength training supports the implementation of strength and resistance training programs, even for prepubescent children, that…
Friday, February 8, 2013
Want to try paddleboarding? Here are tips to get you started off on the right foot!
Paddleboarding is one of the more popular watersports today. It's fun and a great way to get fit, too. If you're looking to hit the waves on a paddleboard, Prescott Metcalf, a paddleboard instructor with the Suncoast Surf Shop in Treasure Island, offers these tips: Want to give paddleboarding a try? Check out one of these Pinellas County shops: Suncoast Surf Shop 9841 Gulf Blvd. Treasure Island (727) 367-2483 Fin’s Jet-ski Tours and Stand-Up Paddleboard Rentals 333 South Hamden Drive Clearwater Beach (727) 480-6200 Dick's Sporting Goods 26583 U.S. 19 Clearwater (727) 791-8580
A vote to further explore the possibility of allowing the Tampa Bay Rays to look for a stadium outside St. Petersburg failed Thursday.
A proposal that could have allowed the Tampa Bay Rays organization to look for stadium options outside St. Petersburg if they paid the city an annual exploration fee failed Thursday in a city council meeting. St. Pete council member Charlie Gerdes put forward the proposal to amend the use-agreement in hopes that it could end the stalemate and jumpstart communications between Rays owner Stuart Sternberg and the city. "How do we break the stalemate," Gerdes asked. "In order to have a relationship, we got to be talking. We need a vibrant, engaged relationship where we are thinking about the future. "Not just to have the Rays here until 2027. Not to merely have them live up to the contractual agreement," Gerdes said. "To have the Rays be here…
This full-body workout is available across the Tampa Bay area.
Workout clothes and water bottles are standard for any exercise class, of course. But children and strollers, too? Not so much. Except in the case of Stroller Strides. Stroller Strides is a full-body workout program that moms can do with their babies. There are more than 1,200 locations spread across 44 states, including several franchises in the greater Tampa Bay area. Instructor Jenni Crafton runs the New Tampa Stroller Strides. “It’s fitness for mom, and it’s fun for babies,” Crafton said, just moments before leading a gaggle of moms and babies on an hour-long workout at a local subdivision’s community park. Stroller Strides workouts last an hour and instructors put participants through various cardio, strength and core exercises, all …