Rise and shine, Tampa! Let's get you started this Saturday with everything you need to know going on in Tampa today.
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Partly sunny and beautiful. High: 73 Low: 62.
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Here are the top five stories today in Tampa:
1. Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center in Tampa is participating in the "Betty White Challenge" to honor the iconic actress and animal lover. The first 100 adoptions from the center will be free starting today in celebration of White's 100th birthday which is Monday, January 17th. (Tampa Patch)
2. The long-awaited Citrus Park extension opened to drivers at midnight on Friday. The new roadway in western Hillsborough County connects Westchase from Sheldon Road to Countryway Boulevard. (WFLA)
3. Residents being evicted from Holly Court Apartments in North Tampa sent local outlet CL Tampa video footage of dirt coming out of their faucet water, which runs off a well on the property. Residents say they had to shower in the dirt water for months and drink bottled water instead of being able to use the tap. Six people have been evicted at Holly Court since November, Hillsborough County Court records show. (Creative Loafing Tampa)
4. The Tampa city council approved a new noise ordinance on Thursday that will limit amplified sound city-wide after midnight. Bar owner Richard Boom says the new ordinance will hurt businesses including those in historic Ybor City. (WFLA)
5. University of South Florida interim President Rhea Law is encouraging anyone who will be on campus for the spring semester to be fully vaccinated, including boosters, and to wear a mask in a new letter. The letter came one day after university faculty urged Law to take additional coronavirus precautions this semester. (WUSF)
Today in Tampa:
Exhibit Of Outsider Art at Tampa Museum Of Art. (10:00 AM)
Yappy Hour at MacDinton's To Benefit Humane Society. (11:00 AM)
The 22nd Annual Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival Music Fest at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. (12:30 PM)
Annual Celebration & Fundraising Concert at Friday Morning Musicale. (3:00 PM)
Late Nites: Pirate Parrrty On Westfield Street at Westfield Brandon. (7:00 PM)
From my notebook:
Mayor Jane Castor, Captain Fear, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers COO Brian Ford helped kick off the Bucs playoff season on Thursday by unfurling a Go Bucs banner on the side of the Tampa City Hall. (Facebook)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed WR John Brown to the practice squad and released RB Darwin Thompson. (Facebook)
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded the City of Tampa nearly $2 million for affordable housing programs. The city will dedicate funds to its Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation Program to pay for home inspections and a new set of repairs that address home health hazards like mold, lead paint and radon. (Facebook)
Tampa Bay Times CEO Paul Tash is set to retire, while Conan Gallaty has been elected as his successor. (Florida Politics)
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— Carlos Hernandez
About me: Hello my name is Carlos Hernandez and I am a food writer with over 10 years of experience in the industry. I write the food blog Carlos Eats (http://www.carloseats.com) and also contribute to several newspapers and magazines with food-related blogs and articles.