5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, June 27, 2014

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, June 27, 2014.

(1) Governor Scott in Tampa

Governor Rick Scott will be in Tampa on Friday. He is scheduled to appear at the Hope Children's Home at 10:00 a.m.

The visit is part of his statewide "Caring for Florida's Families" tour to highlight efforts to secure a bright future for kids and their families.

During the stop the Governor will discuss new and recent proposals to enhance early learning programs and provide greater opportunities both for foster kids and children with disabilities.

Governor Scott is currently running for re-election. He is facing two other candidates in the Republican Primary which is taking place on August 26.

(2) Oak Hill Hospital Graduate Medical Education Center grand opening

Oak Hill Hospital in Brooksville will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new Graduate Medical Education Center on Friday.

HCA West Florida is launching residency programs at a number of its hospitals in an effort to address the state's shortage of graduate medical education programs.

HCA opened a Graduate Medical Education Center at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson on Wednesday.

Graduate Medical Education (GME) is the second phase of medical training following four years of medical school.

The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 5:00 p.m.

Oak Hill Hospital is a 230-bed hospital located at 11307 Cortez Boulevard in Brooksville. It is the only open heart surgery hospital in Hernando County. For more information, visit www.rmchealth.com .

(3) Largo High School demolition begins

Demolition crews are set to begin tearing down Largo High School on Friday.

According to Principal Brad Finkbiner, the Administration building and "C" wing will be the first to be torn down starting at 9:00 a.m.

For safety reasons, anyone who wishes to watch the demolition of the 57-year-old school is being asked to view it from across the street.

Largo High is being demolished because it is the most outdated school in Pinellas County. A new $55 million building will be ready for students to move into during the fall of 2016.

While the new school is being built, Largo High's 1,700 students will spend the next two years in 48 portable classrooms set up on the baseball field and at the former Largo Central Elementary School building.

(4) 27/82 fundraising concert

St. Pete Pride festivities continue on Thursday with the 27/82 fundraising concert.

Proceeds from the event will go to the St Pete Pride Community Grants Program. The grant program makes sure every cent raised goes to local non-profit groups that are helping build up the Tampa Bay community

The concert features Grammy-nominated artist Mary Lambert, the Real L Word's Hunter Valentine  Kill the Sound, and others.

The concert begins at 7:00 p.m. at the State Theater at 687 Central Avenue in St. Petersburg. General Admission tickets at $25.

The highlight of St. Pete Pride Weekend is the Night Parade in historic Kenmore. The parade begins at sunset.

For a complete list of Pride events, visit www.stpetepride.com .

(5) Operation Dry Water

Law enforcement agencies across Florida will take part in the three-day Operation Dry Water beginning on Friday.

Through Sunday, officers will be on heightened alert for those violating boating under the influence (BUI) laws.

"Boating should be a fun and enjoyable time spent with friends and family," said John Fetterman, Deputy Executive Director of the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA). "Too many accidents and deaths are caused by those who choose to boat under the influence."

The U.S. Coast Guard and NASBLA launched Operation Dry Water in 2009 to reduce recreational boater deaths involving alcohol and drugs. During last year's campaign, officers made 290 BUI arrests.

For more information, visit www.operationdrywater.org .

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