DUNEDIN - Only days after winning the North American Pipe Band Championships in the Grade 2 category, the city’s pipe band is considering whether a trip to Scotland to take on a bigger challenge is in its future.
“We are kind of thinking of what our game plan is for next year and whether to play again for the championships or a trip to Scotland for the world championships,” said Iain Donaldson, pipe major of the band.
About 70 Dunedin Pipe Band members attended the Glengarry Highland Games, held July 29-30 in Maxville, Ontario.
CLEARWATER - Gov. Rick Scott announced that the Florida Department of Health is investigating five new non-travel related cases of Zika. One of these cases is in Pinellas County and four cases are in the impacted area in Wynwood neighborhood in Miami.
According to a press release from the governor’s office, DOH has already started door-to-door outreach and sampling in Pinellas County and mosquito abatement and reduction activities are also taking place. DOH still believes ongoing active transmission is only taking place within the small identified areas in Wynwood and Miami Beach in Miami-Dade County. More details will be announced when the Pinellas County investigation concludes.
CLEARWATER - Pinellas County Commissioners approved agreements totaling more than $143 million on two major projects funded by Penny for Pinellas.
The first was a funding agreement for $55.75 million with the Florida Department of Transportation for the county’s share of the cost for the Gateway Express project. The county also agrees to pick up the tab for the cost of moving its utilities inside the project area.
When complete, the expressway will provide a direct connection from I-275 to U.S. 19 and from I-275 to the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport and the Bayside Bridge.
ST. PETERSBURG - The Tampa Bay Rays have launched ballparkreimagined.com, a website that serves as a public informational resource in the region’s quest for a new ballpark.
The interactive site features surveys and an outlet for fans to collaborate by submitting ideas for what the ballpark might look like.
“The next Rays ballpark will be a community asset, and we need to capture the community’s imagination to help create something we’re all proud to call home,” said Rays Senior Vice President of Strategy and Development Melanie Lenz. “We invite fans to get involved, and we are listening to any and all ideas.”
ST. PETE BEACH - City leaders postponed a discussion Aug. 9 on an ordinance that would amend St. Pete Beach’s comprehensive plan and land development regulations.
Specifically, the discussion would have centered around a requested amendment to the city’s land development code in the Boutique Hotel/Condo district where developer Robert Czyszczon wants to build The Allure Hotel and Suites, a 66-room boutique hotel.
The Boutique Hotel/Condo district runs from 38th Avenue north to 47th Avenue. The new facility is proposed for the current site of the Plaza Beach Resort, 4506 Gulf Blvd.
The seventh tropical depression of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season strengthened into Tropical Storm Gaston Tuesday morning about 545 miles west of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands.
Maximum sustained winds were 50 mph. Gaston was moving west-northwest at 20 mph. It is expected to strengthen into a hurricane by Wednesday. If it does become a hurricane, it would be the third of the season. The current forecast track keeps Gaston over open water through the next five days.