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Top 5 at noon: Gasparilla Bowl moving to Tampa; Lee Roy Selmon’s closing in Tampa; and more

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GASPARILLA BOWL MOVING FROM TROPICANA FIELD TO RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM

The Gasparilla Bowl is heading across the bay. The annual college football bowl game is moving from Tropicana Field to Raymond James Stadium. The game has been played for 10 consecutive years, often in front of sparse crowds. The announced attendance for December’s Temple-Florida International matchup was 16,363.

LEE ROY SELMON’S ORIGINAL TAMPA RESTAURANT IS CLOSING, MARKING THE END OF AN ERA

Lee Roy Selmon’s, the restaurant that paid homage to the community icon who rose to fame as a Tampa Bay Buccaneer and grew to become a popular civic leader, will shutter the doors of its original location on Tampa’s Boy Scout Boulevard in June.

FORECAST: RELATIVE CALM BEFORE INVEST 90L THREATENS TO DELUGE TAMPA BAY THIS WEEKEND

While rain chances will decrease over the next two days, it is only a relative calm before a broad low pressure system moves into the Gulf of Mexico, producing strong storms across an already drenched Tampa Bay for Memorial Day weekend. Invest 90L now has a 60 percent chance of developing into a tropical system in the next five days, according to the National Hurricane Center.

CAREERSOURCE PINELLAS BOUGHT A SCIENCE CENTER. NOW THE BILL IS DUE.

In 2014, Tampa Bay jobs chief Edward Peachey sought to save the failing Science Center of Pinellas County. He asked a small panel of CareerSource Pinellas board members to let him acquire the educational center for $100. Without discussion, the committee approved buying the 55-year-old building on seven acres in the Azalea neighborhood of west St. Petersburg. The agency’s full board of a few dozen directors never voted on the purchase. It was never even brought before them. The acquisition could soon haunt Pinellas County taxpayers, Mark Puente and Zachary T. Sampson write.

NO FEDERAL CYBER-SECURITY MONEY BEFORE ELECTION, STATE SAYS

Florida’s chief elections official, Ken Detzner, says counties desperately waiting for a new pot of federal money to fight cyber-threats to voting systems won’t be getting it before the election, Steve Bousquet reports. "The answer is no, and the reason is, we have to go to the Legislature to get approval," Detzner says. "We don’t have the authority to spend that money without legislative approval. We have to submit a budget and it has to be a thoughtful budget that looks at the short-term and long-term needs."

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