TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, July 25.
(1) PCHD Clearwater center closes
The Pinellas County Health Department's Clearwater center will close for renovations on Wednesday.
The center is located at 310 North Myrtle Avenue. Of the six County Health Department centers, the Clearwater location sees the second-highest amount of clients on a yearly basis.
No services will be provided at the Clearwater center during renovations.
Medical, dental, immunization and WIC services will be available at the following Pinellas County Health Department locations:
The renovations are expected to be completed by the end of the year.
For information about the Pinellas County Health Department, visit www.PinellasHealth.com .
(2) 2012 Hillsborough County Disability Expo and Public Forum
The Hillsborough County Alliance for Citizens with Disabilities will celebrate the 22nd Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act with a Disability Expo and Public Forum in the County Center on Wednesday.
This year's theme is ADA: Innovations and Access. There will be dozens of exhibits and demonstrations including a look at the latest modes of transportation featuring wheelchair accessible pick-up trucks and motorcycles, and the newest low-vision and hearing-impaired technologies.
The public forum occurs from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Forum panelists will talk about issues facing people living with disabilities.
Among the topics to be discusses will be possible incentives for companies to hire and retain workers with disabilities, stronger enforcement of disabled parking laws and improving transportation opportunities for people with disabilities.
Exhibits will be on display from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
For more information, contact email@example.com .
(3) IC Mechanical headquarter groundbreaking
IC Mechanical will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for their new Hillsborough County $1.9 million headquarters on Wednesday
The company was founded in 1995 and currently employs 30 workers. IC Mechanical focuses on the design/build and mechanical contracting market. It has annual revenues over $12 million.
The nearly 18,000 square feet headquarters will house the engineering firm's affiliated companies and its expanded business divisions in the Monroe's Business Park located just off Tampa Road.
IC Mechanical plans to hire 10 additional people over the next two years as it prepares for anticipated growth.
The ceremony will take place at 10:00 a.m.
(4) Twilight on the Town historic walking tour
St. Petersburg Preservation will hold one of the organization's with "Twilight on the Town" historic walking tours on Wednesday night.
The 90-minute tour will have attendees stroll through downtown St. Petersburg while learning about some of the city's 1920's era architecture and how one of the largest waterfront parks in the country came to be.
The tour begins at 7:00 p.m. at Central Cafe & Organics on Central Avenue and ends at Cha Cha Coconuts on top of the Pier.
Tour is free for members with a $5 suggested donation for non-members. For more information, visit www.stpetepreservation.org .
(5) Spiny lobster season begins
The 2012 spiny lobster season kicks off with the two-day recreational season on Wednesday.
The special two-day season allows recreational fishermen collect spiny lobsters before commercial lobster traps are placed in the water.
Spiny lobsters must have a carapace length greater than 3 inches to be taken during the open seasons. Divers and snorkelers must possess a measuring device and measure all lobsters in the water.
Commercial fishermen may begin putting their traps in the water August 1. Recreational and commercial fishermen may harvest spiny lobsters starting August 6.
You must have a recreational saltwater fishing license and a spiny lobster permit to harvest spiny lobsters unless you are exempt from recreational license requirements. Information about these licenses and permits is available online at myfwc.com/license/ .
Additional information on recreational spiny lobster fishing, including how to measure spiny lobster, is available online at myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/regulations/lobster/ by clicking on "Saltwater," "Recreational Regulations" and "Lobster."
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