A bevy of new Florida laws go into effect New Year's Day
Dec. 30, 2019
Several new Florida laws took effect on New Year's Day, including enforcement of the state's texting-and-driving ban and a minimum wage increase.
Miami Beach could have earlier last call for alcohol during spring break
Feb. 13, 2020
The Miami Beach City Commission voted in favor of ending alcohol sales two hours earlier than normal for a 12-day period in March.
Rick Scott: 'NBA's refusal to denounce Communist China is shameful'
Oct. 8, 2019
Sen. Rick Scott said the NBA denied his request to meet with commissioner Adam Silver. Scott wanted to meet with Silver after the NBA's response to China regarding Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey's tweet in support of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement.
Tampa Bay Rays finish with second-lowest home attendance for 2019
Sept. 30, 2019
The Tampa Bay Rays finished the 2019 regular season with the lowest home attendance in the American League for the fifth consecutive year. The Miami Marlins were the only MLB team with a lower home attendance in 2019.
Clearwater could approve pedal pubs as soon as January
Dec. 21, 2019
The Clearwater City Council voted against an ordinance that would have allowed pedal pubs to operate but without alcohol.
Hillsborough Publix stores to offer vehicle registration renewals
Dec. 18, 2019
Kiosks at three Publix stores in Hillsborough County allow customers to renew their vehicle registration card and license plate sticker in a matter of minutes.
It's Election Day: St. Petersburg primary elections set for Tuesday
Aug. 26, 2019
Several candidates were vying for three seats on the St. Petersburg City Council during the primary election.
Website will let Floridians see average cost of medical services
Nov. 4, 2019
Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the launch of an updated website that allows Floridians view the average cost of medical services.
Petitions should be presorted, election officials say during rulemaking workshop
Aug. 30, 2019
A workshop held by Florida's Division of Elections focused on changes to the petition-gathering process for proposed constitutional amendments.
Ron DeSantis, Tampa General debut AI-powered 'mission control' command center
Aug. 20, 2019
Tampa General Hospital launched a "mission" control" clinical command center, which the hospital says uses artificial intelligence for improved patient care.
Clearwater one step closer to aerial transit system in Tampa Bay
Feb. 12, 2020
The Clearwater City Council voted to approve a resolution in support of a a commercial aerial transit system.
Gasparilla 2020: How to get discounted rides and other ways to get there
Jan. 23, 2020
There were several ways to get to Tampa's annual Gasparilla Pirate Festival without having to drive.
Disney, Virgin Trains discuss possible theme-park station
Dec. 18, 2019
The Walt Disney Co. and Virgin Trains USA have both confirmed they've had discussions about building a station at or near the theme park.
Florida woman sues Rays, City of St. Petersburg after foul ball hits her in the face nearly 4 years ago
Feb. 18, 2020
The Tampa Bay Rays have since joined MLB's 29 other teams in extending protective netting.
Sundial to get new food hall; Locale Market and other stores to close at end of year
Nov. 2, 2019
The people who launched Tampa's Armature Works are planning to open a new food hall in 2020 at the Sundial in downtown St. Petersburg.
Lime offers $5 weekly pass for Tampa e-scooter riders
Dec. 18, 2019
Tampa is one of several U.S. cities offering weekly Lime e-scooter passes for $5. Lime is one of four e-scooter vendors selected for Tampa's pilot program.
Want a straw? In Sarasota, now you'll have to ask for one if on city property
Aug. 20, 2019
Customers in Sarasota wanting single-use plastic straws on city-owned property now will have to specially request them.
Downtown Sarasota pedal pub proposal denied
Oct. 10, 2019
The Sarasota City Commission voted against a proposal that would have allowed commercial megacycles to operate downtown.
State holds workshop on election security standards
Aug. 27, 2019
The voting-security procedures must comply with a new law relating to chain-of-custody for ballots.