5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, July 1

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, July 1.

(1) Red light appeals law change

Beginning on Monday, drivers who receive a citation for a red light camera violation will have a long time to appeal their fine.

Previously drivers had to wait 30 days to appeal their $158 fine in county court. At that point their fine had increased to $264.

Today, you will have up to 60 days to appeal or pay your fine.

There is also a change where appeals take place. Instead of county court, communities with red light cameras will be holding their own hearings.

Each city can appoint whoever they want to serve as a hearing officer for appeals.

(2) Bay scallop season open

The recreational bay scallop season is opens on Monday.

Fisherman can harvest scallops in state waters (shore to 9 nautical miles) from the Pasco-Hernando county line to the west bank of the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County through September 24.

The bag limit is two gallons of whole bay scallops or one pint of meat per person, per day. There is also a limit of 10 gallons of whole bay scallops or a half-gallon of meat per vessel, per day.

Scallops may be collected by hand or with a landing or dip net. Scallops cannot be taken ashore outside of the open area.

There is no commercial harvest for bay scallops in Florida state and federal waters. For more information, visit myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/regulations/bay-scallops/ .

(3) Call Out for Coffee drive

Sweetbay Supermarkets begin their Call Out for Coffee drive on Monday.

For the next seven days Sweetbay stores will be collecting bags, bricks or container of coffees for U.S. troops.

Sweetbay and Wesley Chapel-based Support Our Troops, Inc. will make sure the coffee is delivered to active duty military in the most remote areas in more than 17 countries around the world, including Iraq and Afghanistan.

The coffee collection drive runs through Sunday, July 7. For more information about Support Our Troops, visit www.ourtroopsonline.com .

(4) Gasparilla tickets on sale

Tickets for the 2014 Children's Gasparilla Parade, Gasparilla Invasion Brunch & Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates go on sale on Monday .

The 2014 Children's Gasparilla Parade, scheduled for Saturday, January 18, 2014. Reserved bleacher seating tickets are $28 per person. "First Mate" Reserved Chair Parade Seating is also available for $40 per ticket.

A limited number of tickets to the Scully's Family Hospitality Experience are also available for $99 per adult and $70 per child. The Experience includes: a reserved bleacher seat, a private area with pre-parade family entertainment, a buffet lunch before the parade, snacks after the parade before the Gasparilla "Piratechnic" Extravaganza.

The 2014 Gasparilla Invasion Brunch is scheduled for Saturday, January 25, 2014, at the Tampa Convention Center. Reserved are $75 per adult and $65 per child.

The 2014 Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates will begin at 2:00 p.m. on January 25, 2014. Reserved bleacher seating tickets are $38 per person. "First Mate" Reserved Chair Parade Seating is $48 per ticket

A combo ticket for both the Gasparilla Invasion Brunch and the Parade of the Pirates will cost $109 per adult and $99 per child, tax included.

All Gasparilla tickets include tax, plus a $5 handling charge per ticket.

To purchase tickets, visit www.GasparillaTreasures.com or call (813) 251-8844 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

(5) Disney's Celebrate America - A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky

Walt Disney World is expanding its Fourth of July celebrations to a week-long event that begins on Monday and runs through July 7.

Disney's Celebrate America - A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky at the Magic Kingdom will feature pre-parade festivities with Goofy, Donald and Pluto before the daily Celebrate a Dream Come True parade.

There will also be a nightly fireworks spectacular at 10:00 p.m., except for July 3rd and 4th when the fireworks show starts at 9:00 p.m.

For more information, visit disneyworld.disney.go.com .

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