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Tampa Bay Water Restrictions Tightened

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Lawn watering is limited to once a week and allowable watering hours are also reduced.

TAMPA BAY – The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s governing board voted today (May 23) to tighten water restrictions throughout the region because of continued dry conditions.

In all, 16 counties in the district’s boundaries are affected: Charlotte, Citrus, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota and Sumter.

District hydrologists report a rainfall deficit of 11 inches since the start of the dry season last October. This is the driest dry season in the past 103 years.

Under the new water shortage order, lawn watering is reduced to once-per-week and allowable watering hours also are reduced. Micro-irrigation and hand watering of non-lawn areas are still allowed any day, if needed. Additionally, there are now limits on car washing and homeowners’ associations may not enforce any deed restrictions that could cause an increase in water use. The restrictions will remain in effect through Aug. 1. Additional details regarding the watering of new lawns and plants, reclaimed water and other water uses can be found at

The district, or SWIFTMUD, considers both natural water resource conditions and the viability of public supply when deciding to declare a water shortage order. For the past 20 years, the District has worked diligently with its partners to develop alternative water supplies. Even though the region is experiencing drought conditions, there is adequate public water supply available.

Florida’s dry season runs October through May. SWIFTMUD encourages water conservation year-round, and offers many tips to reduce water use and additional information at

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Tampa Gets Another Super Bowl

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The 2021 Super Bowl will be relocated from Los Angeles to Tampa, according to reports from and

TAMPA – League owners voted unanimously today (May 23) to move Super Bowl 2021 to Tampa because of delays in the opening of the Rams and Chargers joint stadium in Los Angeles, according to a report by Austin Knoblauch at

Instead of Super Bowl LV, Los Angeles will host Super Bowl LVI in 2022.

Knoblauch explained: “Last year, the NFL awarded the Super Bowl to the yet-to-be built stadium in Inglewood, CA. However, as NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, the league requires stadiums to be open for two seasons before they can host a Super Bowl. Owners would have needed to approve a waiver for LA to host the Big Game since it’s now not scheduled to open until 2020 (it was originally slated for a 2019 opening).

“Record rainfall in Southern California caused construction delays earlier this year on the Inglewood Stadium, prompting its opening to be delayed by a year. Water up to 15 feet deep flooded parts of the construction site during the excavation period, the Los Angeles Times reported last week.”

According to a statement by Tampa Bay Buccaneers co-chairman Bryan Glazer, “The Tampa Bay area has enjoyed great success over the years hosting Super Bowls and we look forward to working with our local leaders in the coming months to meet the requirements for hosting Super Bowl LV in 2021. Today’s announcement offers us the opportunity to showcase Tampa Bay’s unique ability to come together as a host for world-class events.” writer Joe Kania said, “The game would be played in February of 2021. It would mark the fifth time that Tampa has hosted a Super Bowl. The city has hosted the game in 2009, 2001, 1991 and 1984. … Tampa hosted the College Football National Championship game this past year. By the time the Super Bowl would be played in Tampa, extensive renovations to Raymond James Stadium will have been completed.”

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Wheeler-Bowman Endorses Givens in St. Pete Council Race

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Corey Givens is running for the District 6 seat.

ST. PETERSBURG – Council member Lisa Wheeler-Bowman has thrown her support behind neighborhood activist, Corey Givens Jr, in the race for the District 6 eat on the St. Petersburg City Council.

The seat is currently held by Karl Nurse, who is terming out.

“Corey Givens is the best choice for voters. He embodies the knowledge, leadership, and experience required to serve such a uniquely diverse district. I’ve worked closely with Corey over the years and I can truly say that his passion and love for community is genuine,” said Wheeler-Bowman, who holds the District 7 seat on the council. “Corey’s involvement within his own neighborhood association and CONA proves that he’s familiar with the issues facing our city. His service will bring a fresh voice and a fresh perspective to City Hall.”

Wheeler-Bowman added, “Our city government should reflect the people we serve. Learning to embrace diversity and change is the first step to tackling the big issues and little problems.”

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Givens said, “I personally would like to thank Lisa for standing with me. District 6 and 7 share many of the same issues: a lack of quality affordable housing and funding for early childhood education, a shortage of sustainable livable wage paying jobs, and a need for wastewater infrastructure upgrades.”

If elected, Givens would be the second African-American on the council. He would also be the youngest elected official in the city’s history.

Other District 6 candidates include Akile Cainion, Gina Driscoll, Ziya Kardas, James Scott, James Jackson, Sharon Russ, Maria Scruggs and Justin Bean.

Qualifying opens 8 a.m. June 8 and closes 5 p.m. June 23. The primary is Aug. 29 and the general election is Nov. 7.

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Trump Budget Proposal Is ‘Cruel,’ ‘Heartless,’ Crist Says

U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist says the budget proposed by President Donald Trump “is fiscally irresponsible and morally repugnant.”

WASHINGTON, DC – President Donald Trump released a budget proposal today that would slash nearly $2 billion in non-defense and Medicaid expenditures.

The proposal would also add nearly a half trillion dollars to the defense budget for the 2018 fiscal year.

U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-St. Petersburg, slammed Trump’s proposal as “fiscally irresponsible and morally repugnant” for slashing “vital programs.”

Here is Crist’s complete statement:

“”A budget is a reflection of our principles and this proposal illustrates a complete lack of values. It decimates vital programs – from environmental protections to public education to medical research. It cuts taxes for the very wealthy while leaving the poor, sick, and disabled out in the cold. It doubles down on cruel cuts to Medicaid – despite promising not to touch it. In Pinellas County where 40 percent of our children depend on Medicaid and CHIP for their care, what could be more heartless? This budget is fiscally irresponsible and morally repugnant.

“But while the administration suggests, it is the Congress that ultimately decides funding priorities. We now have the opportunity to work together – like we did last month to keep the government open – to enact a budget more reflective of who we are as a people, one that strengthens, rather than divides, our nation. And one that doesn’t leave behind the ‘least among us’.”

Crist represents Florida’s 13th Congressional District, which includes mid- and south Pinellas County.

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Honor America’s Heroes in a 5K in Oldsmar

Runners | Running | 5K

Race organizers have partnered with VIP Warriors, a local non-profit that provides equipment for military veterans, who need assistance.

OLDSMAR – Runners in this city will start Memorial Day weekend with the Honor Our Heroes Memorial Run.

Race organizers have joined teams with VIP Warriors, a local non-profit that provides equipment for military veterans, who need assistance.

Oldsmar officials remind residents that roads will be closed for Saturday’s (May 27) event. The race route will start on State Street W by City Hall.  It will then travel along State Street W to Lafayette Boulevard, south on Lafayette Boulevard to Shore Drive E, then along Shore Drive E – Shore Drive W up Oakwood Boulevard with a U-turn, back down Shore Drive W to Park Boulevard, then Park up to State Street W at the finish line.

The race is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m.with an estimated finish time of 9:45 a.m. Once the last runner has finished their portion of the course, roads will be open along the route. Pinellas County sheriff’s deputies and Oldsmar public works employees will man various intersections to help residential egress and ingress as permitted; in conjunction with the runners participating in the race.

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ATV Driver Killed in Three-Vehicle Hillsborough Crash

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A passenger on the ATV suffered minor injuries, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY – A Tampa man died Monday (May 22) when he was hit by a car after being thrown from an ATV in a traffic crash, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Jonathan Souza Barbosa, 24, of Tampa, died at the scene. Isabella Pascale, 18, of Tampa, a passenger on the ATV, was taken to Tampa General Hospital with minor injuries.

The crash happened about noon at the intersection of U.S. 41 and Adamsville Road. Mr. Barbosa was driving a Suzuki ATV eastboud on Adamsville when he ran the stop sign at the U.S. 41 intersection. The ATV was hit by a 2015 Jeep Wrangler driven by Arylexis Roa-Ramos, 21, of Apollo Beach.

The impact threw both Mr. Barbosa and Pascale off the ATV. Mr. Barbosa was then hit by a 2016 Hyundai Sonata driven by Anthony Thomas Murri, 75, of Valrico.

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Tampa Neo-Nazi Accused of Making Explosives at Home

Crime | Arrest | Public Safety

Law enforcement officials found the explosives while investigating a double murder, according to the FBI.

TAMPA – An admitted neo-Nazi was arrested in Key Largo on Sunday (May 21) after Tampa police found homemade explosives in his residence.

Brandon Russell, 21, of Tampa, was charged with possession of an unregistered destructive device and unlawful storage of explosive material in violation of federal law. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 11 years in federal prison.

The Tampa Police Department was investigating a double homicide Friday (May 19) at an apartment in the Tampa Palms area, where Russell, Devin Arthurs, and the deceased men, Jeremy Himmelman and Andrew Oneschuk, had been living together. Arthurs had told police that he, Russell, and the two dead men shared common neo-Nazi beliefs and that Russell participated in online neo-Nazi chat rooms where he threatened to kill people and bomb infrastructure, according to the FBI.

During a search of the apartment, Tampa police said they discovered a cooler in the garage containing the explosive HMTD (hexamethylene triperoxide diamine), along with various explosive precursors in close proximity. Upon questioning, police said, Russell admitted that he had manufactured the HMTD located in the garage.

Russell was arrested Sunday by FBI agents. Arthurs had been arrested Friday by Tampa police officers. Arthurs is facing murder, assault and kidnapping charges in state court.

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Tampa Man Faces Murder Charge

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Hillsborough sheriff’s deputies had issued a warrant for his arrest.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY – A Tampa man was arrested Monday (May 22) at an attorney’s office, the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office said.

Kadeem Dareem Archibald, 26, of Tampa, was charged with second degree murder with a weapon. He was taken into custody at Fernandez and Hernandez law firm, 3002 W Kennedy Blvd. in
Tampa. The arrest was made without incident, deputies said.

Archibald was charged in connection with the May 16 death of Khando Kerr, 38. Deputies said they were called to Mr. Kerr’s residence about 9:21 p.m. May 16. When they arrived, they said, they found him dead of trauma to his upper body.

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Tractor Driver Dies in Hillsborough Crash

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The man was thrown from the tractor he was driving, according to the Hillsborough sheriff.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY – A tractor driver was killed today (May 22) in a traffic crash on Lithia Pinecrest Road, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.

Robert Gene Glaze, 81, of Lithia, died at the scene. The other driver, Leo Frank Harrison, 54, of Ft. Meade, was not injured.

The crash happened about 12:30 p.m. on Lithia Pincrest at George Smith Road. Mr. Glaze was driving a Kubota tractor westbound on Lithia Pinecrest at about 15 m.p.h. when he was rear ended by the 2005 Ford F150 that Harrison was driving. Deputies estimated Harrison’s speed at 60 m.p.h. to 70 m.p.h. Mr. Glaze was thrown from his seat on the tractor.

Charges are pending the reconstruction of the crash, deputies said.

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Gulfport Schedules Hurricane Seminar

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The event is free and open to the public. Two slices of  pizza and a drink will be available for $3.

GULFPORT – It’s never too late to prepare for upcoming hurricane season.

The city of Gulfport will host its annual hurricane seminar with related take-home information. The featured guests are Mary Burrell from Pinellas County Emergency Management and certified broadcast meteorologist Bobby Deskins from WTSP. Discussion will be on changes in evacuation zones and surge levels. This free community event is scheduled at 7 p.m. Thursday (May 25) at the Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Aven. S.

The theater lobby will open at 6 p.m. to give participants a chance to browse vendors. You can get two slices of pizza and a drink for $3 to eat while browsing.

With just a few spots left, hurricane-related vendors are encouraged to email Gail Biron at to ask about openings. There is no charge for a spot. All vendor requests will be reviewed by Gulfport Fire Chief, James Marenkovic.

Admission to this community event is free and open to the public. For information, Gail Biron, Gulfport technical events specialist, at (727) 893-1118.

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