5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, August 11, 2014

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, August 11, 2014.

(1) Manatee State of the Schools

Manatee County Superintendent Rick Mills will host a special "State of the Schools Presentation" on Monday afternoon.

The presentation will take place the day before teach return to work for the 2014-2015 school year and one week before students return to their classrooms.

Superintendent Mills will lead the presentation which will include a special focus on the district's new strategic plan, titled "Foundations for Excellence." The plan provides a means to rigorously monitor results to make sure goals are being met.

The public is invited to attend the "State of the Schools Presentation" in the Braden River High School auditorium from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

You can also view it on EDV-TV in Manatee and Sarasota Counties and live on the internet at www.useducationtv.com/Default.aspx?sid=13869 .

(2) FWC red snapper workshop

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting its fifth and final 2014 Gulf of Mexico red snapper workshop in St. Petersburg on Monday.

At the workshop, officials will discuss state and federal management of recreational red snapper and explore potential future approaches to managing the species.

The FWC manages red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico off Florida coast to 9 nautical miles out. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council manages the fish in federal waters beyond 9 nautical miles.

This year's federal red snapper season was the shortest yet, at nine days. Florida's state season was 52 days long.

The workshop will be held from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute at 100 Eighth Ave. SE. in St. Petersburg. Anglers who would like to share their ideas and help improve management are encouraged to attend.

Visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on "Saltwater" and "Rulemaking" for more information on the workshop.

(3) Ribbon cutting for Fire Station #19

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn will participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday to mark the completion of new Fire Station #19.

The 8,660-square-foot station, located at 7910 Interbay Boulevard, will serve the Port Tampa, Gandy-Sun Bay South, and Interbay areas.

"The new station will ensure that the men and women of Tampa Fire Rescue have the working conditions they deserve," said Mayor Buckhorn.

The $2.5 million station has a three bay apparatus garage with attached work and sleeping quarters. It features high efficiency lighting, solar powered exterior lighting, energy efficient HVAC system, solar powered hot water heating and Florida friendly landscaping.

The station replaces the aging Station #19 at 4916 W. Ingraham Street which was built in 1961.

The public is invited to attend the 10:00 a.m. ribbon cutting. The Port Tampa Fire Station will begin responding to emergency calls immediately after Monday's ceremony.

(4) Nine Inch Nails & Soundgarden in concert

Alternative rock bands Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden will perform in concert together at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Monday night.

Both groups were at the forefront of the alt rock music scene in the early to mid-90s. They are each celebrating the 20th anniversary of their critically acclaimed albums The Downward Spiral and Superunknown this year.

Trent Reznor is Nine Inch Nails. He writes, arranges, performs, and produces all of band's material. Reznor brought back Nine Inch Nails back in 2013 with the release of Hesitation Marks, their first new album in five years.

Soundgarden released a special 20th anniversary reissue of its Superunknown album on June 3. After years apart, the band resumed playing together to release a new album in 2012.

Tonight's concert begins at 7:00 p.m. For more information or tickets, visit www.midfloridacreditunionamphitheatre.org .

(5) Shark Week at The Florida Aquarium

The Florida Aquarium is celebrating Shark Week with a number of special events and discounts on Monday.

Shark Week activities through Saturday, August 16, include a shark-themed scavenger hunt throughout the Aquarium and shark-themed dive shows each day at 11:00 a.m. & 3:15 p.m.

The Aquarium is offering a $5 discount this week on a full paid child admission when your print out and color your own color your very own shark week mask or glasses and wear them to the Aquarium.

Discounted tickets must be purchased at the Aquarium. You can print out your glasses at www.flaquarium.org .

Certified divers can also enjoy 15% off the price of a Dive with the Sharks Program purchase through Sunday, August 17.

For more information, call (813) 273-4000 or visit the Aquarium's website.

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