5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, August 4, 2014

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, August 4, 2014.

(1) Bakari Parks trial scheduled to begin

Bakari Parks is scheduled to go on trial beginning on Monday for attempted murder.

The State Attorney's Office tells ABC Action News some potential outstanding legal matters may force a continuation of the trial, but prosecutors will not know whether a delay in trial will occur until Monday morning.

Parks is charged with attempted murder for firing a gun during an argument with another man on April 14, 2014.

The stray bullet traveled 250 yards and hit a 4-year-old boy in the arm near Just Elementary on Spruce Street. The boy survived and made a full recovery.

The trial is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. in downtown Tampa.

(2) Polk "State of the Schools" community meeting

Polk County Public Schools Superintendent Kathryn LeRoy will host the second of eight "State of the Schools" Community Meetings on Monday night.

During the meeting, LeRoy will start by presenting key achievements and future objectives for the School District. That will be followed by a brief question-and-answer session.

Today's meeting begins at 6:00 p.m. at Lake Gibson Middle School at 6901 N. Socrum Loop Road in Lakeland.

Future meetings will occur in Lake Wales, Frostproof, Winter Haven, Davenport and Lakeland.

For a complete list of meeting times and dates, visit www.polk-fl.net/news/newsreleases/072114.htm .

(3) Sun City Mobile Home Park water connection meeting

The Hillsborough County Public Utilites Department will host a public information meeting on Monday regarding the water connection project for the Sun City Mobile Home Park in Ruskin.

People living in the mobile home park currently receive drinking water from two wells which are showing signs of possible saltwater intrusion. Hillsborough County is currently building a $1 million water pipeline to serve the mobile home park.

The meeting will help educate the impact of the new water source for homeowners. Water provided by the country will be treated with cholramines. People on kidney dialysis and aquarium owners will need to take special precautions due to the use of cholramines.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the SouthShore Neighborhood Service Center at 201 14th Avenue SE in Ruskin. For more information, call Steve Valdez at (813) 272-5275.

(4) HART board changes discussion

The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) board is scheduled to discuss its future on Monday morning.

Board members will talk about whether the 13-member volunteer board should be remade.

The remaking of the board could be the first step in transforming HART into an agency that only oversees buses and streetcars to all mass transportation projects in the county.

Some county lawmakers are hoping to put a referendum on the 2016 ballot that could help pay for transportation improvements, including a light rail system, expanded bus services and additional toll roads.

The HART board meeting is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. in the HART administrative office at 1201 E Seventh Avenue in Tampa.

(5) Pasco Hurricane Preparedness Exercise

Multiple Pasco County agencies will participate in a Hurricane Preparedness Exercise on Monday.

The exercise includes shelter set up, mock client in-take, and shelter breakdown. It will help first responders learn the proper procedures for aiding county residents in the case of an actual hurricane landfall in the county.

The hurricane preparedness exercise will take place from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Wiregrass High School in Wesley Chapel.

The 2014 North Atlantic hurricane season runs through November 30, 2014.

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