5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, June 2, 2014

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, June 2, 2014.

(1) Lakeland same-sex benefits

The Lakeland City Commission is scheduled to vote on Monday whether to give benefits to city employees' same-sex and domestic partners.

Commissioners voted down a similar proposal last August by a 4-to-3 vote.

The city's news commissioner, Jim Malless, says he supports extending the benefits. His vote would make the statute more likely to pass.

At a previous meeting City of Lakeland Risk Management and Purchasing director Karen Lukhaub told commissioners fully expanding benefits to include same-sex partners would cost between $132,000 and $176,000 for Fiscal Year 2015 which begins October 1.

Same-sex couples who were legally wed in another state are already eligible for benefits after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down parts of the Defense of Marriage Act last year.

The City Commission meeting is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Lakeland City Hall.

(2) Fight the Blight: Four Oaks

Hillsborough County Code Enforcement officers will begin their Operation Fight the Blight in Four Oaks on Monday.

The twelve-day campaign will help clean up two neighborhoods in Hillsborough County today through June 13.

The cleanup boundaries are Adams Street on the south, Lowell Road on the north, Waltham Avenue on the west, and Pitts Field Avenue on the east.

Several dumpsters will be located at Four Oaks Park at 4905 West Timberlain Street in Tampa.

People living in the Four Oaks neighborhood may use the dumpsters to dispose of furniture, junk, trash, debris, metal, and electronics at no charge. You must show proof of residence (Florida Driver's License, Florida Vehicle Registration, or a utility bill) to dispose of items.

Tree debris, commercial vehicle tires and hazardous chemicals will not be accepted for disposal.

For more information, call Hillsborough County Neighborhood Relations at (813) 307-3564.

(3) Tampa Bay Job & Career Fair

The Tampa Bay Job & Career Fair will give people looking for a job or a new career and opportunity to speak to employers looking to hire.

The event is taking place on Monday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Dozens of companies are sending representatives to the fair including: Aflac, AmeriLide, Critical Intervention Services, Fiberglass Coatings, Grow Financial Federal Credit Union, Humana, Loews Don CeSar Hotel, Laser Rite Document Solutions, Pest Bear, Race Trac, Reeves Import Motor Cars, Tampa Bay Lightning, USAA and Zaxby's of Plant City.

The companies all have immediate employment needs from entry level positions, to skill trade, health care or top managerial positions.

Several of the area's top schools for continuing education will be on hand to help you examine ways to further develop your skills.

Attendees are asked to wear proper business attire and bring at least 20 copies of your resume.

The fair is free to attend. No pre-registration is required.

For a complete list of participating companies, visit www.tampabayjobfair.com .

(4) Dalí Museum receives international award

The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg will officially receive the 2014 "National Prize of Culture" by the Catalan National Council of Culture and the Arts (CoNCA) at an awards ceremony on Monday.

The award is being given in recognition of the museum's contribution to Catalan culture. It is considered the most important distinction in this field. The Dalí Museum is the first institution outside of Spain to receive the award.

"We are gratified to receive this award recognizing the positive contributions of our Museum to bring to global and American audiences new perspectives on the work of this artist who stirs the imagination and liberates the spirit," said Dr. Hank Hine, executive director of The Dalí.

The award ceremony is taking place in Barcelona, Spain.

For more information about The Dalí Museum, call (727) 823-3767 or visit TheDali.org .

(5) Last day of school

Summer break officially begins for some Bay Area public school students on Monday. It is the last day of classes for students in Sarasota County.

The school year came to an end in Citrus and DeSoto Counties on May 23. Classes will end in all the other Bay Area counties over the next seven days.

School ends for students in Pasco County on June 3; and in Hardee, Hernando, Highlands and Pinellas County on June 4.

Polk County students' final day of school is June 5 while kids in Hillsborough County will get out on June 6.

Manatee County is final local county to end the school year. The final day there is Monday, June 9.

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