Update on water safety
Someone lost $250,000
Water main restored, boil-water advisory lingers
The city finally repaired the broken water main yesterday, but the boil-water advisory remains.
Earlier this week, contractors working at the city water plant nicked a water main, which nearly depleted the city’s clean water supply.
Tampa’s Parks and Recreation Department has been giving out bottled water to residents from its emergency storm supply.
The Mayor hopes to end the boil advisory at some point today, but fears it might have to wait until tomorrow.
Rays move their minor league team to South Carolina
The Tampa Bay Rays are moving their Class A affiliate from Port Charlotte to Charleston, South Carolina. The move is part of the MLB’s consolidation of minor league teams.
The Rays other affiliates—those in Bowling Green, Durham, and Montgomery—will not move. However, their league statuses might change with the reorganization of the league.
The Rays dropped the Port Charlotte team due to poor attendance, averaging fewer than 1,500 fans per game.
Bill Murray, the beloved American actor, is an owner of the Charleston team and sometimes makes appearances at their games.
City’s historic streetcars set to get multi-million dollar upgrade
Tampa’s streetcar rail is slated to receive $67 million from the state’s coffers in order to extend the service into Tampa Heights.
While the project has some funding issues to sort out, city officials plan to have the carts run every 10 minutes and connect them to other mass transportation services.
A chairman for the transportation board said to the press, “Today we are looking at turning the streetcar into a completely valid mass transit system.”
The city plans for the expansion of the rail to be up and running by 2026.
Local restaurant to pay thousands to under-paid employees
The Department of Labor is forcing a family-owned restaurant in Tampa to pay $70,000 in wages back to its servers and other employees.
The feds are saying that managers at the Tampa Bay Brewing Company were dipping into the tip jar to help cover overhead costs.
The company’s owners have defended themselves against the government’s accusations, claiming a bad-apple employee took off with the cash.
Still, the brewery decided not to fight the Labor Department and agreed to hand over the cash.
Good samaritan of the week returns $250,000 worth of jewelry
While driving home after a charity event, a couple lost their suitcase full of precious jewelry after it fell out of the car.
The couple—who sponsor the Denim and Diamonds charity event—hadn’t even realized the suitcase was gone before a good samaritan tried to return the suitcase.
The couple said to the press, “He's our Christmas Angel, He not only found it. He also called 911 and made sure we got our jewelry back.”
The couple is so thankful that they plan on meeting up with the good samaritan to reward him for his honesty.