The Federal Emergency Management Agency on March 20, 2018, released promotional videos for the National Flood Insurance Program. Featured in this installment is Gary Boggs, a retired U.S. Army sergeant, who purchased flood insurance from the NFIP to protect his biggest asset, his Jacksonville rental property. Here, Boggs discuss how flood insurance made rebuilding possible after Hurricane Irma struck in September 2017.
A solemn vigil was held Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at Florida International University in Miami-Dade County to honor the six victims killed when a pedestrian bridge that was under construction collapsed on March 15.
Port Manatee is described in this promotional video published by Manatee County Government in 2017 as Southwest Florida's premier deepwater seaport located at the entrance to Tampa Bay. It adds more than $2.3 billion annually in local economic impact and supports more than 24,000 jobs. The video shows sweeping aerial views of the massive complex in northern Manatee County.
Folks who want to be the first to check out the new expansion of Manatee County's Robinson Preserve can participate on Friday, March 23, 2018, in the 10th annual Robinson Preserve Twilight 5K/10K run. The preserve has been expanded by 150 acres and is not yet open to visitors -- but it will be available to runners for one night only. For registration and entry fee information, visit https://bit.ly/2DNvy3V. Participants will gather at the new entrance at 840 99th St. N.W. The event starts at 6:30 p.m.
A singing principal in Florence, Kentucky, whose musical school closing announcements have gone viral, was back on March 21 letting parents know Union Pointe Academy was closed due to a spring snowstorm. In a video posted to the school’s Facebook page, Chad Caddell appeared in front of a keyboard to the opening notes of Billy Joel’s Piano Man. Caddell poked fun at himself, singing about “that principal who thinks he’s hilarious” and joking that parents may slash his tires due to the high amount of snow days.
The Tampa Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating a vehicle that was involved in a hit-and-run collision that seriously injured a 47-year-old man who was riding his bicycle. The incident took place at West Cleveland Street and South Westland Avenue. Police say the vehicle is a silver full-size pickup truck, possibly Ford F150 with a tonneau style cover on the bed and step rails on the side. On March 18, 2018, at 1:38 a.m., the victim was riding his bicycle westbound on Cleveland Street within the designated bicycle lane. He was struck from behind, throwing him from the bicycle. The vehicle involved then fled the scene, police say. Detectives are asking the public for assistance in identifying the driver of the pickup truck. Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay.
Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a disturbance at Indian Trails Middle School’s sports complex in Palm Coast, where two teens were engaged in a fight. Deputies discovered that not only had the boys been fighting but the father of one of the boys, had instigated the argument, and then jumped in.