Hello! How was your Monday?
The Florida Senate passed its gun control bill, which included provisions for training and arming some educators, as well as keeping firearms out of the hands of those who may be mental health risks, raising the age at which one can buy a semi-automatic rifle from 18 to 21, providing communications access for individuals to leave anonymous tips for investigation, and more. Still not on the table: just banning the fucking guns already.
St. Pete is considering new noise ordinances for downtown, which many business owners say will kill the area's vibrant, active vibe. It feels like we're having this conversation more and more often — used to be once a decade, now it's coming up once a year. Sure, I don't particularly enjoy hearing terrible college-dude reggae from down the street while I'm trying to enjoy a meal, but having the option of stuff I actually want to hear is a worthwhile trade-off; plus, some of the decibel thresholds being discussed will be surpassed by, like, the conversation out in front of Acropolis. If you want to, erm, make some noise about this, tonight's your last chance to do so — there's a public meeting at the Sunshine Center at 6 p.m.
"I have a man hanging onto my moving vehicle right now."
And finally, more than 100 students didn't go to Tarpon Springs Middle School for class on Monday due to a threat found written on the wall in one of the school's bathrooms. Sigh.