The reports, including an earlier story on this site, originated with an article with a Tampa Bay-area contributor to Examiner.com. Fox Tampa Bay quotes Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center Manager Larry Gispert as saying the freelance writer who wrote the original article "dreamed up" the scenario.
Gispert added that any evacuation plan for the Tampa Bay region would not be kept secret. On the contrary, local news media would be notified immediately if a plan were to be implemented.
The original article, written by freelancer Maryann Tobin, has been removed from the Examiner.com site. We hereby retract our original report on the subject.
Written by Sandy Smith