The Tampa City Council plans to hold its first public hearing tonight to discuss Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s proposed budget Wednesday night, but that hearing will likely be continued and rescheduled as the city continues to recover from the impact of Hurricane Irma.
All St. Petersburg Colleges campuses will reopen for classes Monday, Sept. 18. Until then, the college will remain closed due to the impacts from Hurricane Irma.
Duke Energy promises all Pinellas County customers will have electricity restored by midnight Friday at the latest. Speaking at Jordan Park in South St. Petersburg, Duke spokesman Jeff Baker said he is aware that’s still a long time for those already frustrated without power over past two days, but “help is on the way.” That includes 1,000 workers from other states who are joining the effort to restore power to residents in the county.
Tampa Electric Company’s CEO says the company is furiously working to restore power to customers in Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas and Polk counties, and expects that most will have their electricity back by the end of the weekend, if not sooner.
Tampa Democratic Representative Kathy Castor is pressing for an increase in federal disaster aid to the highest share possible to help Floridians recover rapidly from the damage caused by Hurricane Irma.
More professional sports teams are contributing to relief efforts in Florida following the destructive path of Hurricane Irma.
Tampa-based property insurance claim lawyer Chip Merlin was labeled “the master of disaster” in a Tampa Bay Times article last year based on his practice of representing insurance claims for natural disaster victims.