TAMPA BAY, Fla. - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, September 19.
(1) Herman Cain rally
Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain will begin his 5-day Florida 2012 Bus Tour in the Bay Area on Monday.
Tea Party Manatee will host a Herman Cain rally at Mixon Fruit Farms in Bradenton today. The Cain Bus Tour is scheduled to arrive around noon with the candidate speaking from the Mixon Pavilion shortly there after.
Cain is spending the week in central Florida ahead of Friday's Presidency 5 Republican Straw Poll.
Later today, Mr. Cain will be in Sarasota and Bellair. He will be in Hillsborough and Polk Counties on Tuesday and in Lake and Orange Counties on Wednesday and Thursday.
Cain is scheduled to participate in the Fox News/Google Republican Presidential Debate at the Orange County Convention Center on Thursday night.
For more information, visit www.hermancain.com .
(2) Bradenton Riverwalk groundbreaking
Groundbreaking ceremonies for a major Manatee County public works project will take place on Monday.
The ceremony at Rossi Waterfront Park in downtown Bradenton will officially launch construction of the $6.2 million Bradenton Riverwalk project.
The event is scheduled to take place from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. in Rossi Park just east of the railroad tracks.
Featured speakers include Bradenton Mayor Wayne Poston, Riverwalk project manager Dale Weidemiller, and Elliott Falcione, Executive Director of the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Plans for the Riverwalk include a family fun zone with an interactive water fountain, sand volleyball courts, a skate park, a day dock, and improvements to the Clock Tower and Memorial Plazas.
For more information, visit www.cityofbradenton.com .
(3) Bay to Bay Boulevard closure
The City of Tampa's Department of Public Works is closing a portion of Bay to Bay Boulevard in South Tampa on Monday.
Bay to Bay is being closed to through traffic between MacDill Avenue and Bayshore Boulevard. The closure will allow CSX to upgrade the existing railroad crossing between MacDill Avenue and Ysabella Avenue.
The work is scheduled to be completed by September 25.
The city recommends motorists use alternate routes to avoid traffic congestion. The access onto Selmon Expressway will be maintained from Bayshore Boulevard.
For more information, contact the DPW Right-of-Way Operations at (813) 274-3101.
(4) Dancing with the Stars returns
ABC's hit reality dance competition show Dancing with the Stars returns for its 13th season on Monday night.
Tonight the 12 new couples take to the dance floor for the first time on the two-hour season premiere.
The stars this season include: designer Carson Kressley, USA soccer goaltender Hope Solo, reality TV star Robert Kardashian, model Elisabetta Canalis, transgender activist Chaz Bono, singer/actress Chynna Phillips, The Hills star Kristin Cavallari, Scream actor David Arquette, All My Children actor J.R. Martinez, actress and talk show host Ricki Lake, television legal show host Nancy Grace, and NBA player Ron Artest who just changed his named to Metta World Peace.
For more information, visit abc.go.com/shows/dancing-with-the-stars .
(5) International Talk Like a Pirate Day
September 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day.
John Baur and Mark Summers came up with the idea in 1995. They celebrated it by talking in pirate-speak with friends and family members.
In 2002, John got nationally syndicated columnist Dave Berry's e-mail address and contacted him to help spread the word of the day they had been celebrating for seven years.
That year, Berry wrote about the holiday in this column and the rest is history.
So make sure today to drop anchor, walk the plank, avast the sails and give a hardy "Arrr!" to everyone you meet. To see Dan Shaffer speak like a pirate, click on the video player above.
For more information, visit www.talklikeapirate.com .
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