5 Things to Know in Florida for April 4

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Florida Senate to seek extending gambling compact 1 year

Florida lawmakers will consider legislation to extend the gambling compact the state has with the Seminole Tribe for one year. Sen. Rob Bradley announced Friday that the Senate Regulated Industries Committee will consider a bill next week to let the tribe continue offering card games like blackjack for another year. Without an extension, the tribe will have to shut down card games in July under the agreement signed in 2010.

FWC: Stop putting gopher tortoises in water

Florida wildlife officials want residents and visitors to know that not all turtles can swim. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported Friday that there were at least three instances last month of people “helping” gopher tortoise hatchlings to the ocean. Gopher tortoises cannot swim well and can easily drown. Officials say gopher tortoises often nest in dunes near sea turtle nesting beaches, leading to the confusion.

92-year-old sparked crash that killed Georgia utility workers

The Florida Highway Patrol says a 92-year-old man was involved in a crash that killed three utility workers from Georgia. The crash happened Thursday afternoon in Clermont, which is west of Orlando. The Orlando Sentinel reports Ira Caldwell pulled in front of a car driven by 20-year-old Alexandra Schultz. Her car veered off the road and struck the utility workers in a roadside ditch. The Service Electric Co. workers had been in the area a few days. Killed were 35-year-old Jeremy Bradshaw of Albany, Ga.; 34-year-old Dewey Summerlin of Franklin, Ga.; and 40-year-old Jeffrey Estes of Ringgold, Ga.

Tampa Bay Lightning playoff tickets restricted to Florida residents

If you don’t live in Florida, you can’t purchase single-game playoff tickets for the Tampa Bay Lightning. The hockey team says it wants to “create a home atmosphere” for the upcoming series. The Tampa Tribune reports that any tickets purchased with a credit card not attached to a Florida address will be cancelled and issued a refund without notice. Tickets go on sale Friday morning. Spokesman Bill Wickett says the team doesn’t “feel the need to apologize” for limiting the number of visiting team fans in the Amalie Arena.

4 injured in shooting at Daytona Beach house party

Police say a man who’d been kicked out of a house party in Daytona Beach returned with a gun and opened fire, striking four people. Three of the people shot early Friday are students at nearby Bethune-Cookman University. Daytona Beach police say none of the injuries are considered to be life-threatening. Police are searching for 23-year-old Vincent Tyrone Smith. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports there were about 50 people inside the house when the shooting occurred. Officers noted there were drops of blood leading from the house to the driveway.

 

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