LARGO - The willingness of American veterans to serve and sacrifice for their country was honored last week in Largo as six men were recognized during an awards ceremony at the Armed Forces History Museum.
The Aug. 19 ceremony was organized to present area veterans with war medals that were either lost over the years, or in many cases, never awarded to begin with.
“Folks this is one of those special moments as a community and a country, particularly at a time we know the politics can be so divisive,” said Republican U.S. Representative David Jolly, who organized the ceremony. “This is something that always brings our communities together, reflects the greatness of America.
The National Hurricane Center has dropped odds of a tropical cyclone forming and threatening Florida within the next five days from 80 percent to 60 percent. Odds are down to 30 percent that a cyclone will form within the next 48 hours.
Meteorologists have been watching a low pressure associated with a tropical wave for several days. The wave is moving westward at 15 to 20 mph through the southeastern Bahamas.
At the 8 p.m. update Thursday, NHC said the system had become less organized and environmental conditions are not expected to be as favorable for development. Conditions could become more favorable over the weekend or early next week when the system is closer to the Florida Keys or over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico.
CLEARWATER - More than one was seen wiping tears from their eyes when Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark made her presentation during the Aug. 9 Pinellas County Commission meeting.
Her message was powerful and the graphics even more so. Statistics show the Vote in Honor of a Vet program is making a difference.
During the 2004, 2008 and 2012 General Elections, voter turnout among ages 18-30 was about 10 percentage points higher in Pinellas County than the national average turnout for that age group. Clark attributes those numbers to the success of the Vote in Honor of a Vet program and the thousands of students it has touched since its inception in 2003.
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.
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.”
TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Highway Patrol is concentrating its enforcement efforts on drunk driving through Sept. 5 as part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. FHP is joining law enforcement and highway safety agencies across the nation to remove impaired drivers from roadways in an effort to save lives.
“Drinking and driving is deadly. If you drink, be responsible and designate a sober driver or make arrangements to get to your destination safely,” said FHP Director Col. Gene S. Spaulding. “The choice to drink and drive is a bad decision that could have grave consequences. Be responsible and don’t drink and drive.”