5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, February 24, 2014

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, February 24, 2014.

(1) Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg track construction

Construction to turn downtown St. Petersburg into an IndyCar race track begins on Monday.

It takes workers 35 days to put up 20,000 feet of steel-reinforced concrete barriers and 44,000 feet of chain-link fencing in preparation for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

2013 race winner James Hinchcliffe and Grand Prix representatives will be on hand for the ceremony first concrete block laying along Bay Shore Drive Northeast at the corner of 1st Avenue Southeast. The block will be laid down around 10:30 a.m.

The 10th annual Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg weekend runs March 28 to 30.

For more information, visit www.gpstpete.com .

(2) Gardenville Gymnasium groundbreaking

The Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation Department will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Gardenville Gymnasium on Monday.

The structure is scheduled to be completed by the Spring of 2015.

The new facility will feature spring-flooring to provide shock absorption for a variety of athletic participants. Hillsborough County will expand offerings for athletic leagues, tournaments, classes and other events to be held at the new gymnasium.

The Gardenville Gymnasium is being constructed at the Gardenville Recreation Center at 6219 Symmes Road in Gibsonton. The groundbreaking ceremony will take place at 2:00 p.m.

(3) Medical Marijuana debate

The University of Tampa will host a debate on the hot topic of medical marijuana on Monday. The question of whether medical marijuana should be legalized in the state of Florida will be put up to voter as a ballot initiative on the November 2014 ballot.

Attorney John Morgan, from Morgan & Morgan, and Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), will argue in favor of the measure.

Dr. Eric Voth, chairman of the Institute on Global Drug Policy, and Kevin Sabet, director of the Drug Policy Institute at the University of Florida, will argue against the ballot initiative.

A recent Quinnipiac University poll found nearly 70 percent of registered voters in Florida approve of the use of medical marijuana.

The debate will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Martinez Athletics Center. It is free and open to the public. Seating will be limited.

(4) Rasmussen College career fair

Rasmussen College is hosting the first of two Bay Area career fairs this week on Monday.

At the fair, anyone looking to stay on top of the job market can receive a resume review, go through mock interviews, receive help updating their LinkedIN profile and get professional dress consultations.

A few of the employers sending representatives to the fair who are looking to hire include Goodwill Industries, Guardian adLitem, Integrity Health Services, Manpower, Maxim Healthcare and DialAmerica.

The career fair is free and open to the public. No pre-registration is required.

Today's career fair will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Rasmussen College Tampa/Brandon campus at 4042 Park Oaks Boulevard in Tampa.

An additional career fair will occur Thursday at the Rasmussen College New Port Richey/West Pasco campus in New Port Richey from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

For more information, visit www.rasmussen.edu/student-life/events/careerfair/ .
(5) Pinellas pet foster parent orientation

The Humane Society of Pinellas needs people to help foster pets and is offering a free pet foster parent orientation seminar on Monday night.

Pets needing foster care include unweaned "bottle baby" kittens, weaned kittens waiting for surgery, dogs receiving treatment for medical conditions, and more.

No experience is required. Shelter workers will give you all the training you require to be a successful pet foster parent.

The pet foster parent orientation will take place at 6:00 p.m. at the Humane Society of Pinellas at 3040 State Road 590 in Clearwater.

If you are interested in becoming a pet foster parent, you are asked to RSVP by e-mailing Foster@HumanPinellas.org .

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