Wednesday Wrap-Up: Suspicious Packages, Bayshore Crosswalk Safety, and More

By Abby Gilman

Suspicious Packages Sent to Top Political Figures

The FBI and Secret Service are investigating the several suspicious packages that were sent across the country. Several top officials were targeted such as presidents, politicians and news organizations.

List of packages by Florida Focus

Investigators say one of the packages was sent to the Sunrise, Florida Office of Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Potentially explosive devices were also addressed to the Clinton family, former President Obama and the New York Governor’s office.

CNN evacuated their New York building after receiving a package which was confirmed to be containing a bomb, addressed to former CIA Director John Brennen.

The San Diego Union-Tribune was also evacuated after spotting a “suspicious looking package” outside the building.

“This clearly is an act of terror attempting to undermine our free press and leaders of this country through acts of violence,” New York Mayor Bill d Blasio said.

Bayshore Crosswalk Safety

City officials have begun installing more safety measures at three intersections on Bayshore Boulevard after a mother and her 21-month-old daughter were fatally injured by a racing sports car.

The safety measures include pole-mounted, pedestrian-activated flashing beacons which will help people at crosswalks by notifying traffic to stop.

“Pedestrian safety is a top priority,” Mayor Bob Buckhorn said Monday. “These beacons will serve as a visual reminder that pedestrians are present while also slowing traffic.”

The added beacons are the final stage of the cities Bayshore Safety Enhancement project. This includes: adding bike lanes, narrowing traffic lanes and lowering the speed limits.


Lowered speed limits on Bayshore Blvd

By making these changes, the city hopes to make Bayshore Boulevard more pedestrian friendly.

Whole Foods Curbside Pickup

Amazon is rolling out curbside pick-up for Tampa Bay Whole Foods Markets.

This is part of the company’s Prime Now Service which began at the end of September. This business move aims to compete with Walmart who launched their curbside pick-up in March.  Amazon now has similar offerings but with Whole Foods organic foods and product for which they are known.

“We’re thrilled to also offer the option of grocery pickup,” Whole Foods executive President of operations Christina Minardi said. “It’s just another way we’re making it even easier for more customers to enjoy Whole Foods Market’s healthy and organic food.”

Shoppers can now order groceries online and pick them up at three Bay Area Whole Foods Stores. An Amazon employee will bring the groceries out to your car. It will take as little as an hour to prepare an order unless the customers opt for a $4.99 rush fee.

An Amazon Prime membership is required to use this service.

Local Lottery Winner

Although Tampa Bay may not have a new billionaire, there is a new millionaire in town.

A Mega Millions ticket worth one million dollars was sold at a Seven-Eleven store in Tampa. This was one of four winning tickets that took place in Florida. The billion-dollar prize was told at a store in Simpsonville, South Carolina.

Over 430 million dollars has been raised for education through Mega Millions since 2013.


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