TAMPA BAY, Fla. - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, August 31.
(1) Drowning prevention neighborhood sweep
Palm Harbor Fire Rescue along with Sunstar Paramedics, and the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office will be conducting pool safety checks in the Baywood Village neighborhood on Wednesday.
Firefighters, deputies and rescue workers go to door-to-door offering free door alarms with an in home pool safety check. For homeowners who are not home, a pool safety information packet will be placed on doors of pool owners.
According to the property appraiser's website, Baywood Village has approximately 165 residential pools.
Florida ranks number one in drowning incidents of children under the age of 5. With the upcoming Labor Day weekend a favorite time for picnics and get togethers, today's prevention sweep hopes to reduce the number of pool incidents to zero.
Pool owners are also encouraged to visit www.floridasafepools.org for information on incorporating layers of protection in their home such as door locks, door alarms, and pool fences to keep little ones safe.
(2) Gas pump inspections
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will be out checking gasoline sold in the state will be safe and of the highest quality in time for the Labor Day weekend.
Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and state petroleum inspectors will be in Tampa today inspecting fuel and gas pumps.
They will be at the Metro Market Gas Station at the corner of Westshore Boulevard and Kennedy Boulevard in Tampa at 10:00 a.m.
The pumps will be checked to make sure they are accurately dispensing the correct amount and type of fuel customers are supposed to be purchasing.
For more information on the State of Florida's gasoline pump inspections, click here .
(3) Hillsborough County economic incentives.
Hillsborough County commissioners will discuss economic development incentives at their budget workshop on Wednesday in an effort to increase business growth.
Commissioners are targeting three proposals to spur development: a premiere business bonus incentive program, a qualified target industries tax refund program, and an ad valorem tax exemption program.
The first two would give specific types of businesses incentives and tax refunds for moving or growing their operations in Hillsborough County.
The third program would give tax breaks to businesses on the value of the company's real estate or personal property.
There will be no final vote on the three proposal during today's budget workshop which begins at 1:30 p.m. in the County Center.
(4) Maroon 5 concert
Maroon 5 brings their Summer US tour to Tampa Bay on Wednesday when they play the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds.
The pop rock band features Adam Levine on lead vocals, Jesse Carmichael on keyboards, Mickey Madden on bass guitar, James Valentine on guitar, and Ryan Dusick on drums.
The group, minus Valentine, formed in high school in Los Angeles as Kara's Flowers. After releasing an unsuccessful album in 1997, the group went on hiatus for three years Levine and Carmichael went to college in New York.
Upon their return to California, the group reformed as Maroon 5 adding Valentine and released their first studio album, Songs About Jane in 2002. That album contained singles released in 2007 that peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Music charts: She Will Be Loved and This Love.
Their next album released in May 2007, It Won't Be So Long, went number one with hit singles Makes Me Wonder, Wake Up Call, and Won't Go Home Without You.
Maroon 5's third studio album Hands All Over was released on September 21, 2010.
Joining Maroon 5 in concert tonight will be California rock band Train. The Grammy Award winning group is best known for hits Hey, Soul Sister, Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me), and Calling All Angels.
Tonight's concert begins at 7:00 p.m.
To learn more about Maroon 5 visit the band's official website at www.maroon5.com .
(5) PCH Prize Patrol
One Tampa Bay resident could be a whole lot richer on Wednesday.
Publishers Clearing House's Prize Patrol is in the area today. They are going to knock on someone's door a surprising them with a prize of at least $1,000. The lucky person could be the company's newest superprize winner of $1 million.
For more information, check out the PCH Blog at blog.pch.com .
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