TAMPA BAY - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, December 6.
(1) Sunset Lakes Progress Energy transmission tower meeting
Progress Energy officials will meet with homeowners of a 150-home Pasco County neighborhood on Thursday over the erection of a transmission tower.
The metal tower would be built on a 21-acre property along Morgan Road just east of the entrance to the Sunset Lakes subdivision.
Sunset Lakes residents are furious at utility company trying to put up the 275-foot tower so close to them. The new tower would replace a similar one that is northeast of the intersection of State Road 54 and US 41.
The tower is used by Progress Energy for two-way radio communications during an emergency.
Homeowners say they understand the need for the new tower, just want it to be less noticeable and are asking Progress to move it to the southern end of the property.
Pasco County Commissioner Pat Mulineri is scheduled to attend today's meeting. The meeting will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Holy Trinity Church at 20735 Leonard Road in Lutz.
(2) Walt Disney World opens New Fantasyland and re-imagined Test Track
Walt Disney World officially opens its New Fantasyland to guests on Thursday. It is the largest expansion in the 41-year history of the Magic Kingdom.
It features new attractions, character interactions, restaurants and shopping options among fairy-tale style designs of waterfalls, arched bridges, forests and circus big tops.
"We’re thrilled to take guests beyond the walls of Cinderella Castle to discover new worlds featuring iconic Disney characters and stories in ways that are more imaginative, more interactive and more immersive than ever before," said Tom Staggs, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.
The expansion will not be finished for two more years. In 2013, the Princess Fairytale Hall open. It will be the new home for Disney princesses to meet their loyal subjects.
In 2014, the new The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will debut in Fantasyland. The family-style coaster will feature a first-of-its-kind ride system with a train of vehicles that swing back and forth.
To learn more about New Fantasyland, visit disneyworld.disney.go.com/parks/magic-kingdom/new-fantasyland/ .
Also opening on Thursday is the re-imagined Test Track at Epcot.
The driving experience will give visitors a chance to feel like you're part of the Chevrolet design studio as your create your own virtual custom-concept vehicle.
Guests then can put their designs through its paces at speeds of up to 65 miles per hour on the hills, hairpin turns and straight-aways of the Test Track circuit.
After riding in the vehicle, visitors can see how well their car performed and produce a TV commercial starring their "dream ride".
To learn more about the new Test Track, visit disneyworld.disney.go.com/parks/epcot/attractions/test-track/ .
(3) Michael Bolton in concert
Singer-songwriter Michael Bolton will perform in concert in St. Petersburg on Thursday night.
Bolton is best known for his series of soft rock ballads he began releasing in the late 1980s. Since beginning his career in 1975 as a hard rock musician, the 59-year-old Connecticut native has sold over 53 million albums.
Among his 21 studio albums, Bolton has two #1 Billboard 200 albums: 1991's Time, Love & Tenderness and 1992's Timeless: The Classics. He also has two #1 Billboard Hot 100 singles: 1989's How Am I Supposed to Live Without You and 1991's When a Man Loves a Woman.
Tonight's concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Mahaffey Theater.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call (727) 892-5798 or visit www.themahaffey.com .
To learn more about Michael Bolton, visit his official website at www.michaelbolton.com .
(4) Rock the Park
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park will rock when the monthly music series Rock the Park returns on Thursday night.
The series showcases musical talents of Tampa Bay artists of all genres.
Taking the stage tonight will be art rock group Red Room Cinema, pop-rock duo November Rush and the Grammy-nominated jazz orchestra Dan McMillion & High Octane.
The first 400 people at Curtis Hixon Park will receive free chips and salsa from Chipotle Mexican Grill.
The free event begins at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public. For more information, visit www.rocktheparktampa.com .
(5) 55 cent Whoppers
Burger King will begin a four-day 55th anniversary celebration of its iconic Whopper sandwich on Thursday.
From today through December 9, Burger King customers can enjoy an original Whopper sandwich for just 55 cents with the purchase of any Whopper sandwich.
"For 55 years it's been a fan favorite, and this weekend we encourage our guests to stop by and join in on the celebration," said Flavia Faugeres, Burger King Worldwide's global chief marketing officer.
Prices and participation may vary by location. The Whopper Jr. sandwich is not included in the promotion.
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