5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, April 7, 2014

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, April 7, 2014.

(1) New St. Petersburg Pier designs

Darryl LeClair, chief executive of real estate firm Echelon LLC, is scheduled to unveil two new designs for the St. Petersburg Pier on Monday.

The two designs will be presented to the Pier Task Force.

Sources tell ABC Action News one of the designs is completely new, while the other would renovated the existing inverted pyramid.

The Pier Task Force will then look over the designs and see if they fit with what the St. Petersburg City Council is looking for.

In August 2013, St. Petersburg voters voted to cancel the $50 million Lens Pier project that would see the inverted pyramid replaced by a pier to showcase the waterfront. However, reaction to the design was mixed.

For more information on the Pier project, visit www.thenewstpetepier.com .

(2) Tour de Force begins

The 17th annual Tour de Force charity bike ride kicks off at 10:00 a.m. in North Miami Beach on Monday.

More than 200 cyclists will make the five-day, 270-mile ride up U.S. 1 to Daytona Beach to raise money for families of four Florida law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2013.

One of those being honored during the ride is Polk County Master Deputy Sheriff Joseph "Shane" Robbins. Deputy Robbins was killed in a single-car crash in April 2013. She served with the Sheriff's Office for 15 years and is survived by his wife and five children.

All 146 Denny's restaurants throughout Florida are raising money for Robbins' family and the families of Broward County Deputy Sheriff Daniel Rivera, Charlotte County Sergeant Mike Wilson, and St. Lucie County Sergeant Gary Morales.

For more information about the Tour de Force or how you can donate to help the officers' families, visit www.FloridaTourdeForce.org .

(3) Demetreius Morris trial begins

The sexual assault trial of Demetreius Morris is scheduled to begin on Monday.

Morris is charged with raping a 70-year-old woman in the sanctuary of the Living Word Fellowship church on North 13th Street in October 2012.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement matched Morris to the crime using a sample of his DNA in their database. Morris gave the DNA sample in 2002 when he was 17 years old when he was charged with lewd and lascivious act on a child.

While he was in jail, Morris is accused of attempting to hire a hit man to kill the victim and her daughter. After learning of the murder attempt, prosecutors added a solicitation to commit murder against Morris.

The trial is not expected to last more than a week.

(4) Sligh Avenue closed

The City of Tampa is closing a portion of East Sligh Avenue for about two months beginning on Monday.

Crews need to repair a 36" transmission water main along Sligh Avenue. The work will require Slight to be closed to through traffic between Rowlett Park Drive to North 30th Street.

There will also be lane shifts at the intersection of Sligh Avenue and North 22nd Street.

The City recommends motorists use alternate routes to avoid any potential traffic congestion. Traffic will be detoured to Hanna Road. Access to businesses and residents will be maintained via local streets.

Sligh Avenue is scheduled to be reopened by the middle of June.

(5) National Beer Day

Monday is National Beer Day in the United States.

The day commemorates the day the Cullen-Harrison Act went into effect in 1933, allowing Americans to legally buy and sell alcohol for the first time in thirteen years.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the bill into law on March 22, 1933. It went into effect on April 7. It allowed the sale and consumption of beer as long as it was below 4% alcohol by volume.

For more information, visit blog.untappd.com .

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