Zephyrhills poised to name Spillman permanent fire chief

Four months after being named the interim fire chief, the Zephyrhills City Council is set on Monday to make Daniel Spillman's job at the head of the city's fire rescue department permanent. Spillman took over the department in June when Verne Riggall — under fire for how he had run the agency over a two-year period — resigned before city council members could vote on whether to terminate … [Read more...]

TBARTA picks Don Skelton as interim executive director

Don Skelton is the new interim executive director of the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority board of directors. He replaces Bob Clifford, TBARTA's first executive director, who resigned to join the engineering firm Parsons Brinckerhoff, according to a release. Skelton has a lengthy career in transportation planning and programs, including serving as secretary of the District 7 … [Read more...]

Free isn’t always free, especially with cell phones

A full-page ad that appeared in a South Florida newspaper in May has caught the attention of the Better Business Bureau, which warns consumers that just because someone claims a product is free doesn’t mean it is free. The ad, according to the consumer advocacy organization, offered “easy-to-use senior mobile cell phones free” for senior citizens. The advertiser is a company that has earned an … [Read more...]

Region under severe thunderstorm watch

The National Weather Service says a line of strong thunderstorms have formed in the Gulf of Mexico, and are threatening the entire Tampa Bay region — including Pasco and Hillsborough counties — until 8 p.m. Meteorologists with the weather service detected the storms just after 2 p.m. Friday along a line extending from Honeymoon Island near Palm Harbor to Longboat Key. The system was moving … [Read more...]

Commission candidate among those appointed to planning council

Michael Moore is one of six appointments announced Monday by Gov. Rick Scott to the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council. Moore, who is seeking Pat Mulieri's seat on the Pasco County Commission, is the owner of VR Business Sales/Mergers & Acquisitions of Wesley Chapel. He was appointed for a term that began Monday, and would end in October 2015. Also appointed to seats were John Neal of … [Read more...]