Workers suffer burns from plant explosion
By TIMES STAFF AND TIMES WIRES
Published May 27, 2007
TAMPA - Two workers suffered first- and second-degree burns early this morning after an explosion at the city's Port of Tampa sewer treatment plant at 2700 Maritime Blvd., Tampa Fire Rescue officials said.
The two men, employees of a private contractor, had been working inside a large building where sludge is dried and mixed with a fertilizer. Fire officials say this process puts a fine dust into the air inside the building and somehow the dust ignited at 6:49 a.m. Fire crews found no damage to the building.
Both men, whose names were not released, were transported to Tampa General Hospital to treat serious but not life-threatening injuries.
One killed in car crash on 58th Street N
ST. PETERSBURG - Police were investigating a fatal car accident Saturday evening that killed one person on 58th Street N near 22nd Avenue. Police and fire officials provided few details of the crash Saturday night, though they said a second person was sent to Bayfront Medical Center with severe injuries.
Speaker Rubio dislikes Democratic tax idea
TALLAHASSEE - House Democratic Leader Dan Gelber's suggestion that the $459-million in spending Gov. Charlie Crist vetoed from the state budget be used to cut property taxes is unsound, House Speaker Marco Rubio wrote in a letter dated Friday.
Crist on Thursday signed into law a $71.5-billion state budget, which includes a $545-million increase in the state's required local property tax for public schools, although lawmakers will meet in special session June 12-22 to cut city and county property taxes. Gelber suggested the Legislature reduce the state-required school tax in an amount at least equal to the vetoed spending.