Hurricane Matthew closures

President Obama declared a State of Emergency in Florida Thursday because of Hurricane Matthew; a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for all or parts of Levy, Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Polk and some counties to the east of Tampa Bay. A Tropical Storm watch for Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota Counties. The category 4 hurricane is expected… Read more »

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Tampa Bay residents can apply to FEMA for Hermine relief

On Friday, Governor Rick Scott announced that Floridians who lost jobs as a result of the flooding and storms during Hurricane Hermine may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (more information below); in addition, residents who suffered wind or flood damage during the storm several weeks ago can apply to FEMA for assistance. FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams… Read more »

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Sewage spill update from St. Pete mayor

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman updated City Council Thursday about the massive dump of stormwater and partially treated and untreated sewage during Tropical Storm Hermine; Kriseman updated media Friday morning before an unrelated press conference. Listen:           “The update is, as a result of last night’s meeting, we are, as quickly as we can, moving forward with… Read more »

Florida This Week: Rundown of primary results, Hermine reveals faults in Bay Area infrastructure

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160905_110618_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Monday we listened back to the latest edition of Florida This Week, a political talk show from local PBS station WEDU that is also hosted by Rob Lorei. In this episode our panel of political experts and insiders discussed the biggest stories in the state and nation:’s Rubio vs…. Read more »

St.Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman offers tips on how to prepare for Tropical Storm Hermine

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160831_110618_radioactivityW1_189.MP3   On the first part of Radioactivity Wednesday we talked about storm preparedness, water conservation and safety during the approaching tropical storm with St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman. During the storm, Mayor Kriseman advised listeners to limit their water usage at home and avoid traveling, especially driving through flooded streets. then we took  listener comments… Read more »

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St. Pete dumps wastewater into Bay pre-Hurricane Hermine

On Thursday Hermine strengthened to a hurricane; because of heavy rainfall Wednesday the City of St. Petersburg began what it calls a “controlled wastewater discharge into Tampa Bay.” The city says based on previous releases “90% of the discharge is expected to consist of rainwater/storm water.” But St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman says the amount of… Read more »

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Tropical Storm Hermine will hit Florida Thursday

*update: Hermine became a hurricane on Thursday September 1 Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency Wednesday because of the approaching Tropical Storm Hermine. The state of emergency covers 42 counties, including Pinellas, Hillsborough, Polk and the counties north of the Tampa Bay region. It’s about 400 miles west-southwest of Tampa. The National Hurricane Center has upgraded… Read more »

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Wastewater discharged into Tampa Bay and other Pinellas waters

Because of flooding from Tropical Storm Colin this week several cities in Pinellas County urged residents to stop using the sewer systems and had to release partially treated wastewater into the open water. Beginning at 4:00 p.m Tuesday the City of St. Petersburg discharged partially treated wastewater into Tampa Bay about one-quarter of a mile east… Read more »

Women Discuss Climate Change Through The Lens Of Their Lives

There has been a lot of talk about the recent COP 21 agreement in Paris, where almost 200 countries came together and agreed to cut emissions and the global temperature to under 2  degrees Celsius. We thought it would be great idea for us to speak with Dipti Bhatnagar , climate justice and energy coordinator… Read more »

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Florida scientists warn about ocean acidification

There are at least three major ways that skyrocketing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are affecting the oceans and species, like humans, that depend on them; you probably already know about soaring temperatures and about rising seas, but scientists discussed the third – ocean acidification – at a roundtable panel Wednesday in Sarasota. Higher concentrations… Read more »

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Kriseman told Cuba its consulate should be in St. Pete

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman has returned from what he called a “very worthwhile trip” to Cuba. During a press conference at City Hall Tuesday afternoon, Kriseman said he was blown away by the beauty and the arts in Havana. The St. Petersburg delegation met for two hours with the deputy director for American affairs… Read more »

Tampa Council delays decision on stormwater fee hikes

Despite more than 30 residents speaking out during a public hearing that lasted into the afternoon, Tampa City Council made no decisions Thursday on proposed increases in stormwater fees. Like the majority of the citizens who spoke, resident Larry Patterson opposes the rate increases – at least the way they are proposed. There are two… Read more »

Environmentalists want Bondi to drop Clean Power lawsuit

Florida environmental advocates are asking state Attorney General Pam Bondi to drop her lawsuit against a federal plan to clean up greenhouse gasses; in a press conference at Tampa City Hall Tuesday morning the Florida staff director of the Sierra Club said his group is not a fan of Governor Rick Scott’s administration. But Frank… Read more »