PM Tampa Bay And Florida Headlines


Expect extra security at the St. Petersburg Pride Festival. The Orlando gay nightclub massacre has police stepping up their presence during the four day St. Petersburg gay festival June 23 through 26 where a quarter million will show up.

President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, in Orlando today to meet with relatives of people shot in the Pulse nightclub massacre. 23 victims are still hospitalized, 6 in critical condition, 3 in guarded condition, and 14 in stable condition. 49 were killed in the rampage. 53 were wounded.

More talk that Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio may run for re-election. After Rubio’s disastrous campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, he said he was getting out of politics come January. If he’s running, we will know by next Friday, the deadline to register.

3 Florida International University students are found safe a day after they went missing in the Everglades while collecting water samples in their small boat.

Engineers are trying to figure out what to do about a 20 foot wide and 20 foot deep hole that opened up next to Fowler Avenue in Tampa this morning. They say the hole extends under the pavement so Fowler is closed between Jackson and Tom Folsom Roads.

The active search for a missing 9 year old Fort Myers girl is over, but police say they are still trying to figure out what happened to little Diana Alvarez. They say the 28 year old man who once rented a room at the girl’s house admits he was with her the day she vanished from her bed 3 weeks ago.

A Broward Sheriff’s deputy will not face a slew of child sex-related charges after all. That’s because 43 year old Kreg Costa shot himself to death hours after bonding out of jail.

Charges are unlikely against parents of a Nebraska 2 year old who was snatched and drowned by an alligator at a Disney World beach. Little Lane Graves was in just a foot of water when the gator grabbed him. There was a “no swimming sign” but no alligator warnings.

Prosecutors hope to send the South Carolina mother who drove her minivan into the Daytona Beach surf with her 3 children inside back to a mental hospital. They are asking a judge to let a psychiatrist evaluate Ebony Wilkerson after she went off her medication and had a psychotic episode while living outside the hospital.

Tampa Bay is well-represented on a new list of best Florida cities to find a job. WalletHub says Sarasota is number 1 and Wesley Chapel, Brandon, Tampa, Palm Harbor, Lutz, Valrico, and Clearwater are all in the top 13. The survey looked at everything from job opportunities, to transportation costs, to social life.