Morning Briefing: Tampa — May 17, 2022

Good morning, Tampa Bay. Here’s what you need to know today.

Your Weather Planner

We are mostly sunny to partly sunny again today with a chance of isolated showers and thunderstorms.

The best rain chance, even though small, will be over inland locations.

A west wind increases to 10 to 15 mph this afternoon.

With the onshore breeze, high temperatures will be in the mid 80s at the beaches to the upper 80s to low 90s inland.

If you have plans to be out this evening, most of the area will be warm and dry. 

Highs: Near 90

Lows: 60s to low 70s

Rain Coverage: 10%      

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Around Tampa Bay 

1. Florida lawmakers look to lower property insurance costs in special session

Next week Florida’s state legislature is holding a special session on property insurance reform — Gov. Ron DeSantis says the goal is to stabilize the market.

2. Pinellas Schools set to vote on new superintendent 

The Pinellas County School Board is set to select a new superintendent to lead the district, as current Superintendent Mike Grego steps down on May 29.

3. Lightning-Panthers set for another chapter in rivalry

After surviving its series against Toronto, the Tampa Bay Lightning move to the second round of the NHL playoffs to face one of its biggest rival: the Florida Panthers.

4. Saving Our Seniors delivers a bit of independence to older adults in need

The nonprofit Saving Our Seniors provides gently used medical equipment and a mobile food pantry to older adults in need around Tampa Bay. Founder Kelli Casto said it began in 2016, when she noticed a need during her work in occupational therapy.

5. ‘They saved my life’: Woman says Crisis Center of Tampa Bay rescued her

This year marks 50th anniversary of the Center serving the community. “What a crisis looked like in 1972 when we started versus today in 2022 are vastly different,” said Crisis Center of Tampa Bay president and CEO Clara Reynolds. “And that has been the beauty of the Crisis Center is to be able to pivot, and be flexible as the community’s needs have changed.” 

Around the Nation

1. FDA streamlines import process to stem baby formula shortage

2. Abbott reaches deal with FDA to reopen Michigan baby formula plant

3. Investigators enter Buffalo Tops for first time since shooting to collect evidence

4. White House moves to loosen remittance, flight rules on Cuba

5. Supreme Court rules for Sen. Cruz in campaign finance case

Quote of the Day

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer delivered a passionate address on the floor of the chamber on Monday, decrying the violence that struck the city of Buffalo in his home state of New York over the weekend as fitting a pattern of racism in America. 

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