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Tampa Bay’s Catastrophic Red Tide Could Preview Florida’s Future

A large outbreak of highly toxic algae or “red tide” continues to impact Gulf Coast communities in Southwest Florida, resulting in the deaths of over 1,500 tons of marine life and fish, including manatees, goliath groupers, dolphins and endangered sea turtles along St. Petersburg and Pinellas County beaches. This red tide represents Florida’s second major red tide flare-up in three years, after a massive bloom killed 2,000 tons of marine species in Southwest Florida in 2018.
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First responders see rise in virus cases as Delta surges in Tampa Bay

Some first responders and at least one jail in the Tampa Bay area are seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases as the highly contagious Delta variant spreads across Florida. Hillsborough Fire Rescue has more firefighters out with the virus than at any point since it first broke out 18 months ago, said Hillsborough County spokesperson Chris Wilkerson. The county is filling shifts by bringing in certified firefighters who work in positions outside fire stations.
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BayCare’s hospital director in Pinellas County is named president of new Wesley Chapel campus

July 29, 2021 - Rebecca Schulkowski, who currently serves as the director of operations for Mease Countryside and Mease Dunedin hospitals in Pinellas County, was named president of BayCare Hospital Wesley Chapel. The Wesley Chapel campus is under construction and will open in 2023. Schulkowski has been closely involved in the construction of the new campus. She also played a major part in construction projects at the Mease hospitals and at St. Anthony's Hospital, where she previously served as an exec. Although the hospital will not be open for several years, she starts her new role on Aug. 22. A search for a new Director of Operations for the Mease hospitals will begin immediately.
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Junior League of St. Petersburg and Community Health Centers of Pinellas

The Junior League of St. Petersburg will host its 25th Annual Back-to-School Care Fair on Saturday, July 31, 2021 from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM at Community Health Centers of Pinellas at Johnnie Ruth Clarke. This single-day event will provide school physicals, medical screenings, backpacks with school supplies, a street fair, and an agency fair to provide community resource information to members of the Pinellas County Community. All services and supplies are made available at no cost to participants.
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Pinellas County’s unemployment rate climbs to 4.9%

Pinellas County’s unemployment rate for June increased to 4.9%, up from 4.3% in May, according to a report released July 16 from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Still the rate was a marked improvement from June 2020 with 10.3%. The county’s increase followed a trend of higher rates for...
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Red tide update from Pinellas County

Pinellas County released a statement Tuesday that red tide conditions still persist off the coast of Pinellas. The county says red tide conditions have worsened after brief improvements over the weekend. The red tide conditions now are still better than they were during the peak of the algae bloom. More...
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Tampa Bay Times endorses Ken Welch in St. Petersburg Mayor’s race

The Times' Editorial Board releases endorsements for upcoming elections. The Tampa Bay Times Editorial Board released its endorsement for the upcoming St. Petersburg mayoral election Thursday. Its choice: former Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch. Welch, who has raked in a slew of endorsements in the past few days, from the...
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Red Tide still hanging around Pinellas coast after ‘brief improvements’

Pinellas County officials say the area has not seen severe fish kills the last couple of days, but a Red Tide endures off the gulf beaches. A bloom sits roughly between Pass-a-Grille and Honeymoon Island, according to a county update issued late Tuesday. Crews saw “brief improvements” over the weekend, Pinellas spokesman Tony Fabrizio wrote, but medium and high levels of the algae have been found in multiple locations.