Apartment boom in Tampa Bay

Top 5 at noon: Apartment boom in Tampa Bay; what matchup is best for Lightning?; and more

Vue at Belleair, an apartment community with 300-plus units, is under construction at U.S. 19 and Belleair Road in Clearwater. [SUSAN TAYLOR MARTIN | Times]

Here are the latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com:

THREE BIG NEW APARTMENT PROJECTS UNDERWAY IN TAMPA BAY

Tampa Bay’s apartment boom is continuing unabated with three big, mid-priced projects coming out of the ground. While lenders have begun to rein back on high-end new multi-family construction, location and comparatively affordable rents are selling points for all three projects. Susan Taylor Martin explains where they’ll be.

BETTER MATCHUP FOR THE LIGHTNING: CAPS OR PENGUINS?

With Tampa Bay’s next foe to come from the Washington-Pittsburgh series, we asked our Lighting coverage team which would be a better matchup for the Lightning: the Capitals or Penguins? Here are their responses.

ADAM PUTNAM SAID HE WOULD SIGN A ‘HEARTBEAT BILL’ AS GOVERNOR. WHAT IS IT?

For a moment, it seemed like Adam Putnam might exit Saturday’s Republican governor candidate forum, heavily focused on social issues, without offering a concrete position on abortion. But moderator and Republican pollster Frank Luntz pushed for specifics and Putnam offered them. "I’m sorry, let me be more clear: If the heartbeat bill gets to my desk, I’ll sign it," the Republican Agriculture Commissioner said. Steve Contorno details what has been described as one of the most restrictive abortion bills in the country.

BOY, 13, WAS WALKING HOME FROM FRIEND’S WHEN HE WAS KILLED BY WRONG-WAY, HIT-AND-RUN DRIVER, FHP SAYS

Thirteen-year-old Jesus Navarro was at a friend’s house early Sunday when he decided to go home because he didn’t feel well. As he was walking around 12:33 a.m. along the shoulder of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near Mott Road, a Ford F-250 pickup truck driving the wrong way struck and killed him, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The driver fled and is being sought. Get the latest on the investigation.

WILL LIGHTNING’S PLAYOFF RUN IMPACT JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, JAMES TAYLOR CONCERTS AT AMALIE ARENA?

Three years ago, the Lightning’s run to the Stanley Cup finals forced the cancellation of three concerts by country legend Garth Brooks at Amalie Arena, his first in many years. The NHL’s playoff schedule took precedence and there was nothing anybody could do about it. The concerts have yet to be rescheduled. With the Lightning advancing to the Eastern Conference finals on Sunday, it raised the question of what might happen to upcoming Amalie concerts by James Taylor on Saturday and Justin Timberlake on May 15. Jay Cridlin has what to expect.

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