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Hey, neighbors! It’s me, Carlos Hernandez, your host of the Tampa Patch newsletter — back in your inbox with all the most important things happening in town these days. Today we’ll cover…
- Congressman Vern Buchanan is calling for Red Tide to be declared a “disaster” by the federal government with a proposed new law.
- Two Tampa men have now been reported dead after a hiking trip was plagued by flooding.
- A vehicle drove into Atomic Tattoos in Tampa on Saturday.
But first, today’s weather:
A thunderstorm in spots. High: 63 Low: 48.
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Here are the top stories in Tampa today:
- Two Tampa men have now been reported dead after a hiking trip was overcome with flooding at a canyon near the Utah-Arizona border, according to authorities. The victims have been identified by authorities as Jeff Watson and Bill Romaniello and worked at Orthopaedic Medical Group of Tampa Bay, according to a company post. (Tampa Patch)
- Congressman Vern Buchanan is calling Red Tide a “disaster” this year in Manatee County. He has proposed The “Protecting Local Communities from Harmful Algal Blooms Act” to help residents and businesses impacted. If passed, the bill would designate red tide as a major disaster and required the federal government through FEMA to provide aid to those impacted. (WFLA)
- The Tampa Bay Lightning managed a 4-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night. Stamkos made two goals, then Alex Killorn and Ross Colton managed two more during a shootout. (Fox 13 Tampa)
- A vehicle drove into Atomic Tattoos in Tampa on Saturday at North Dale Mabry Hwy and Kennedy Blvd. One person was injured and hospitalized, according to authorities. No one else was injured in the incident. (ABC Action News)
- The Enchanted Garden Festival is coming to Folly Farm Nature Preserve in Safety Harbor on March 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Food vendors for guests to enjoy will include Cabo San Taco – Mexican Food Truck and Harbor Dish. Local vendors will include How’s Your Day Honey, Living Roots Ecodesign, Keep Pinellas Beautiful, Musa Sur and Knotty Nanna Macrame. (That’s So Tampa)
Today in Tampa:
- Market at Water Street Tampa. (9 a.m.)
- Yoga In The Park at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park. (10:30 a.m.)
- Dombresky | Pool Party at WTR Pool. (noon)
- Pucks For Paws at The Humane Society Of Tampa Bay. (1 p.m.)
- 17th Annual Taste of South Tampa at Tampa Federation Garden Clubs. (1 p.m.)
From my notebook:
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers shared: “Great celebrating Rondé Barber’s induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame at Valspar Championship Tour! ⛳️” (Tampa Bay Buccaneers via Facebook)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers shared: “Congrats to Steinbrenner High School’s Gregory Puskas for winning Girls Flag Football Coach of the Week! 🏈 Winners receive a $2,000 grant from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Foundation to help maintain & upgrade their football program.” (Tampa Bay Buccaneers via Facebook)
- Midtown Tampa shared: “Spring into new flavors with True Food Kitchen’s Spring Menu, available April 5! Savor over 30 seasonal dishes, including juicy burgers, stacked sandwiches, and refreshing cocktails and mocktails.” (Midtown Tampa via Facebook)
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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.
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