Ah, the four S's that define Florida in the eyes of the world. Sun. Sand. Surf. And, of course, Some Idiot Did Something Idiotic.
FIVB, the International Volleyball Federation, brought its series of Grand Slam competitions to St. Pete for the first time ever. The games continue through the weekend, so it's a bit early to anticipate the winners, but we're going to put our money on "everybody who enjoys watching really hot people with foreign accents sweat on the beach."
St. Pete mayor Rick Kriseman revealed some of his big high-priority items he wants in the city's budget (due next month), including higher wages for city employees, money for police overtime and training, and funds to build a new Fossil Park fire station. Not on the list: an extension to the City Hall flagpole to make room for the pro-life flag.
After four decades of hygienically questionable water-borne fun, Orlando tourist park Wet 'n Wild will be closing next year. We'll always have the parasites.
And finally, a Loxahatchee man stood up to the banks over the sale of his foreclosed home by attempting to blow it up using ... a bowling ball? Apparently the guy filled the holes with gunpowder and jammed in a rope for a fuse. Haven't we covered the dangers inherent in using cartoons as blueprints for crime?