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WHY YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO VOTE ON GUN CONTROL IN NOVEMBER
Floridians will not vote on adding gun control measures to the state constitution this year because a state board, citing technical rules, rejected the proposals Wednesday. The 37-member Constitution Review Commission is an obscure yet powerful body that meets every 20 years to propose changes to the Florida constitution which are then put on the November ballot. During a marathon meeting in the Capitol, several commissioners from both parties tried to add three different gun-related amendments to a proposal related to land ownership.
BUCS TRADE FOR FORMER USF PASS RUSHER JASON PIERRE-PAUL
The Bucs are addressing their pass rush in a big way, trading a third-round draft pick to the Giants for former USF standout Jason Pierre-Paul. Pierre-Paul, 29, had 8.5 sacks last year and has shown he can still be a dangerous pass-rusher after severely injuring his hand in a fireworks accident in 2015. In addition to giving up a third-round pick, the Bucs will swap fourth-round picks as part of the trade.
TONY DANIEL TONES DOWN SPEECH IN MEETING WHERE HE RISKED ARREST
A longstanding, and occasionally vicious, critic of the city of Tampa vowed not to be silenced during his first public comment today after the Tampa City Council changed its rules to ban vulgar, threatening speech. Tony Daniel, 60, spoke during a three-minute public comment at a council workshop. He said the new rule, which would allow the removal and possible arrest of violators, was an attempt to shut off criticism of council members and the city. Daniel has been involved in a long running code dispute with the city over expansions to a home owned by his daughter in East Tampa that has resulted in nearly $2 million in fines.
WHAT TO KNOW AS LIQUIDATION SALES COME TO TOYS R US
Deal-seeking shoppers are abuzz, hoping that the end of Toys R Us could mean big savings on brand-name toys. While the liquidations could have started as soon as today, it looks like discount-hunters will have to wait a little longer. A Toys R us spokesperson told the Tampa Bay Times that stores will be open as normal on Thursday but the liquidation sales will likely begin Friday. Eleven of the 700 stores in the United States are located in Tampa Bay. But before you plan a big shopping trip, here are a few things to know.
SEVEN NEW RESTAURANTS IN TAMPA BAY
Capitalizing on spring breakers and snowbirds, finishing up construction in the good-weather months with little rain and high temps — it makes sense. Spring tends to be an active time for restaurant openings, and this year is no exception. Doors have opened in recent weeks all over Tampa Bay.