What’s Happening Near You: Hurricane Preparation, Free Rides in Tampa and more

Bay Area prepares as Hurricane Michael approaches

Hurricane Michael is quickly approaching the Florida coastline. It is expected to make landfall in the Florida Panhandle, but the Bay Area is still under a tropical storm watch.

School systems are monitoring the storm, but Citrus County schools are closed tomorrow and Wednesday.

Local officials in several communities are offering sandbags to residents. Here are the specific locations:


  • Fire Station #17 in New Port Richey: 2951 Seven Springs Blvd. (Opens at 1 p.m.)
  • Veterans Memorial Park in Hudson: 14333 Hicks Rd. (Opens at 1 p.m.)
  • Magnolia Valley Golf Course Clubhouse in New Port Richey: 7223 Massachusetts Ave.
  • C-Barn in San Antonio: 30908 Warder Rd.


  • 4508 Grandmarch Ave. in Homosassa (Near Grover Cleveland Blvd.)
  • 7490 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy. in Crystal River (Near Dan’s Clam Stand)


  • Anderson Snow Park in Spring Hill: 1360 Anderson Snow Rd. (Open 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday)
  • Linda Pederson Park near Hernando Beach: 6300 Shoal Line Blvd. (Open 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday)


  • Tarpon Springs Splash Park parking lot: Live Oak St. at Strafford Ave.
  • Dodecanese Blvd. at Roosevelt
  • Dorsett Park – E. Harrison St. at S. Levis Ave.

A ‘Walk of Silence’ in memorial

Advocates are pushing for change as they remember a teenage girl killed on Busch Boulevard.

Alexis Miranda died three years ago after she was hit by a car on her way to Chamberlain High School. A group called Vision Zero joined the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the school district and Miranda’s mother for a walk of silence.

The group was told to wear white shoes and walk a mile without saying anything. They were also permitted to carry signs.

The goal is to raise awareness about the importance of traffic safety. The Florida Department of Transportation plan on installing better lighting, crosswalks and other road improvements to make Busch Boulevard safer, officials say.

Free rides in downtown Tampa

Tampa will be offering free rides on its own TECO Line Streetcar for the next three years, according to city officials.

The rides come courtesy of the Florida Department of Transportation through a 2.3 million grant. The three-year term officially started yesterday. City officials also hope that this move will help smooth traffic congestion.

The streetcars will run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on 15-minute intervals through Tampa during weekdays. The streetcars will also go to and from the Tampa International Airport, so tourists can ride for free.

Lyft wants to give you a lift

HART and Lyft are challenging you to ditch your ride for 30 days with them.

Tampa residents can sign up online for the “Ditch Your Car” program. You can receive nearly five hundred dollars in transportation credits. Only 50 people will be chosen to participate.

The goal is to reduce traffic congestion, help the environment and save money on gas. Participants can sign up at ditchwithlyft.com.

Police will patrol Treasure Island to keep bicyclers safe

A new safety campaign kicks off in Treasure Island today in an effort to keep bicyclers safe.

Law enforcement is increasing police presence to help drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians share the road. Police will be patrolling along Gulf Boulevard to educate anyone using the roadways.

Pinellas has the highest per capita cyclist death rate in the Tampa Bay area. The goal is to educate drivers, but anyone caught breaking the law will get a warning or citation.


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