Starbucks has angered a large faction of their customers who are angry that they instituted a ban on employees wearing Black Lives Matter clothing or accessories. The company cited it policy prohibiting political attire or accessories that “advocated a political, religious or personal issue” and said it was necessary “to createContinue Reading

Seattle protesters have taken over a a six-block autonomous zone made up of armed citizen patrols, called the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) with wooden barricades and armed checkpoints meant to keep out uniformed police officers. Above the precinct reads: “THIS SPACE IS NOW PROPERTY OF THE SEATTLE PEOPLE.” AContinue Reading

UPDATE: Busch Gardens and Adventure will open June 11. Guests will notice increased cleaning and safety protocols in addition to limits on the number of people who can be in the theme parks at once. A new online reservation system will help manage capacity. “Over the past two months, weContinue Reading

The Wagon Wheel and Mustang Flea Markets are closing their doors permanently after being shuttered due to coronavirus, ending their business after 55 years. According to their Facebook page Wednesday afternoon, the organization stated, “It is with a heavy-heart that we share with you the news that we will not beContinue Reading

Officials are now reporting a cash reward up to $3,000 for information in the looting of the International Diamond Center  in north Tampa during the protests and riots on May 30 and May 31. Surveillance video provided by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office shows three men breaking the window andContinue Reading

Monster Vape Labs and Lizard Juice are just two of the 21 vaping companies caught for illegally selling vape products in Florida and marketing to teens. Now, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody took legal action against the companies, also noting that they are not properly verifying the age of their customers. “I am appalledContinue Reading

As the rallies and protests descended into violent riots and looting, one Tampa pharmacist’s business was targeted by thieves: Health Matters Community Pharmacy. Dr. Vondalyn Wright said that criminals broke into her pharmacy on Sunday, describing the hurt and recovery in an new interview with Bay News 9. “They ransackedContinue Reading

Gov. Ron DeSantisannounced Phase Two reopening in Florida amid the COVID-19 pandemic, reopening movie theaters, bars and casinos with limited capacity. There will still be 50% occupancy limits at those locales, he said. “Those have not been operating up to this point,” DeSantis said. “They now have a pathway toContinue Reading

JC Penney has filed for bankruptcy as the recent years of climbing debt has been compounded by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Based out of Texas, the company filed for Chapter 11 protection on Friday. “The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for our families, our loved ones, our communitiesContinue Reading

Governor DeSantis

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed off on plans for Miami-Dade and Broward counties to reopen restaurants and other businesses that were previously deemed non-essential. During a press conference in Doral yesterday, DeSantis said that “Miami-Dade and Broward have both submitted plans that I’ve approved…Today we take another important stepContinue Reading

Universal Orlando has set a reopening date for CityWalk. Universal announced Tuesday that the complex will reopen in a limited capacity on May 14 at 4 p.m. as guests will have to adhere to new safety measures, including temperature checks and face coverings. “Temperature checks will be required upon arrival,Continue Reading

Sun Works Plastics has switched from serving clients such as Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and Macy’s to delivering plastic protection shields and sneeze guards to doctor and veterinarian offices. “Some of our customer base is Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Macy’s Tiffany & Company,” said Brian Myregaard, President &Continue Reading

Barbershops and salons are allowed to reopen in most counties in Florida tomorrow, Monday, May 11, but getting a haircut will certainly be different than the last time you got a snip. Governor Ron DeSantis issued the following guidelines for those opening on Monday: -All customers will be by appointmentContinue Reading

The Franciscan Center is seeking fresh ideas and programming to promote well living and invites the public to share and enjoy its venue and facilities.  “If you have an idea for a workshop, class or program that promotes well living, we want to hear it!” said CEO Wendy Leigh, whoContinue Reading

Brutus & Barnaby of Clearwater, Florida is recalling all size variations of our Pig Ears for Dogs because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact withContinue Reading

A federal lawsuit that Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed on behalf of a Sarasota County church and religious school has prompted the county to reverse course and approve the church’s use of its property to educate children in its religious school. The county had forced the church to go through a $10,000 specialContinue Reading

U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Kovachevich today sentenced Martin Steele (46, St. Petersburg) to seven years and five months in prison for his role in a telemarketing fraud scam. As part of his sentence, the court also entered a money judgment in the amount of $75,000, the proceeds of the wireContinue Reading