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

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, May 5, 2014.

(1) FBI Director James Comey visits Tampa

Federal Bureau of Investigation National Director James Comey will be in Tampa on Monday.

This will be Director Comey's first visit to the Tampa Bay region. He is the seventh Director of the FBI.

During his visit, Director Comey meet with Tampa Bay area, state and federal law enforcement agency partners.

Afterwards, Director Comey and FBI Tampa Division Special Agent in Charge Paul Wysopal will hold a question-and-answer session with local media members at the FBI Tampa Field Office.

For the latest FBI developments in Tampa, visit www.fbi.gov/tampa/ .

(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. Lakeland City Manager indicated it could take anywhere between six and eight months to find a new chief.

"I want to assure the citizens of Lakeland that the men and women of the Lakeland Police Department will continue to deliver professional police services as we move through this transitional period," said Giddens.

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) Cinco de Mayo Tow to Go

AAA and Bud Light are teaming up to keep motorists safe for Cinco de Mayo with the Tow to Go program.

Today AAA will offer a free local tow ride home for drivers who have had too much to drink and have no other safe way of getting home.

The Tow to Go service is free and available to both AAA members and non-members. You can not make an appointment to use the Tow to Go service. It is designed to be used as a last resort when you do not have a designated driver.

The AAA tow truck will take the vehicle and driver home within a 10-mile radius from the pick-up location. To receive the Tow to Go service, you can call (855) 286-9246.

The service is being offered through 6:00 a.m. on May 6.

(4) Melanoma Monday

ABC Action News is taking action for your health on Monday.

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) designates the first Monday in May as Melanoma Monday to raise awareness of melanoma and other types of skin cancer.

The AAD is asking you to wear orange today to help promote skin cancer awareness.

We will be hosting a free live phone bank during on noon newscast for Melanoma Monday. Doctors and skin cancer specialists from Florida Hospital Tampa, Baycare Hospitals and Moffitt Cancer Center will be at our studios.

You can call (888) 209-8881 from noon to 1:00 p.m. to get your questions answered.

(5) Free skin cancer screenings

A number of hospitals and health centers are offering free cancer screenings on Monday for Melanoma Monday:


Morton Plant Mease Clearwater will offer free skin cancer screenings from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Registration is required as space is limited. To make an appointment, call (727) 953-6877.

Please wear loose fitting clothing to the screening. The examination is limited to exposed skin only

The screenings will be held at the Morton Plant Hospital's Cheek-Powell Heart and Vascular Pavilion, Meeting Rooms A&B at 455 Pinellas Street in Clearwater,


Florida Hospital North Pinellas in Tarpon Springs will offer free skin cancer screenings from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

To make a reservation, call (727) 943-6797. Walk-ins are welcome.

The screenings are being held at the Surgical Institute on the hospital campus at 1501 U.S. Alt 19 South, Suite T in Tarpon Springs.


The USF Health Morsani Center for Advanced Healthcare will offer free skin cancer screenings for Melanoma Monday.

No appointment is necessary, but the screenings are first come, first served. They are being offered from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on the 6th floor of the Morsani Center for Advanced Healthcare at 13330 USF Laurel Drive in Tampa.

For more information, call (813) 974-4744.

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