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

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

(1) Sarasota sewer pipe lining project

The City of Sarasota will begin a capital improvement project on Monday that will affect traffic patterns on U.S. 41.

Work crews will begin to line a 30-inch gravity sewer pipe in the Avondale Neighborhood to minimize groundwater infiltration.

The project will require southbound U.S. 41 to narrow from three lanes to two lanes, with the right lane just north of Lincoln Drive temporarily closed, for two nights.

Access to Lincoln Drive and Irving Street from U.S. 41 will be temporarily unavailable from Monday, July 14 until the first week in September.

Lining gravity pipes helps to significantly reduce groundwater infiltration into the City's wastewater system and lowers the stress on the overall system.

During the time the lining process is occurring, people living nearby will be asked to limit the amount of water they use for up to ten hours so the lining can be cured properly. Residents will be notified in advance when the lining process will begin in their area.

For more information, call project manager Carlos Marin at (941) 365-2200 ext 6278 or e-mail him at carlos.marin@sarasotagov.com .

(2) Lakeland Police Department "Chief's Chat"

Lakeland Interim Chief of Police Larry Giddens will host the Police Department's next Chief's Chat on Monday night.

The Chat will allow citizens to ask questions regarding policing decision within the City of Lakeland.

Giddens was appointed as Interim Chief in January to serve during the transition period after the resignation of Chief Lisa Womack.

This month's topic is Officer Involved Shootings

The Chief's Chat will be held from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the Lakeland Police Department at 219 N Massachusetts Avenue.

For more information, visit www.lakelandgov.net/lpd/LPDHome.aspx .

(3) Florida Marine Raiders Day in Lakeland

Lakeland Mayor Howard Wiggs is declaring Monday to be Florida Marine Raiders Day in Lakeland.

The Raiders defeated the St. Louis Attack 60-48 in the XFL's inaugural X-Bowl on June 14.

To honor this achievement and the team's commitment to the City of Lakeland, Mayor Wiff will hold a special proclamation ceremony during the Lakeland City Commissions meeting today.

League owner and Florida Marine Raiders Head Coach Michael Mink will receive the proclamation on behalf of the entire team and organization.

The XFL's Florida Marine Raiders are an indoor football team that plays at the Lakeland Center.

“Winning the X-Bowl and bringing the national title to Lakeland solidifies Coach Mink and his player's dedication to the community,” said Lakeland Center Executive Director Mike LaPan. “We look forward to another great season.”

Today’s ceremony will occur at 9:00 a.m.

(4) Kansas City Royals vs. Tampa Bay Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays return to Tropicana Field on Monday from an 11-game, 10-day road trip for their final six games before the All-Star break.

The Rays will host the Royals for three games before a weekend series against the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Rays have won eight of their last nine days to get out of last place in the American League East.

Monday night, former Rays starting pitcher James Shields will take to the mound at Tropicana Field for the first time since he was traded by the team in the December 2012.

Shields spend seven years with the Rays and helped the team make it to the World Series for the first time ever in 2008.

The Rays will start Jake Odorizzi, one of the players they received from the Royals in the Shields trade.

First pitch is scheduled at 7:10 p.m. For more information, visit raysbaseball.com .

(5) Clearwater Cold Water Challenge

At least five Clearwater Police Officers will participate in the Clearwater Cold Water Challenge on Monday night.

The officers have agreed to get into their bathing suits and take a plunge into a pool filled with 1,500 pound of ice and water to raise money for Vicky Britton, a Police Department employee fighting cancer.

Britton was recently diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor and lung cancer. She underwent successful surgery in April and was scheduled to then undergo radiation therapy.

Spectators are welcome to pay a fee to get into the pool to retrieve one of many donations from businesses across the entire Bay Area.

The event is occurring at the Buffalo Wild Wings at 21688 US Highway 19 North in Clearwater. The restaurant is also donating 15% of its sales to assist Vicky. There will also be a wing eating contest, prizes and a silent auction.

The Cold Water Challenge is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m.

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