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

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

(1) Ashley Drive closed

The City of Tampa is closing Ashley Drive at Polk Street in downtown Tampa on Monday so CSX can replace railroad tracks.

The closure will last three weeks and will affect about 30,000 cars a day.

The southbound traffic will be detoured to Tampa Street using Cass Street. The northbound traffic will be detoured to Florida Avenue using Madison Street.

The City of Tampa recommends motorists use Howard Avenue or Florida Avenue to access I-275; use the Tampa Street exit from westbound I-275 and the Orange Avenue or Jefferson/Pierce Street exits from eastbound I-275 to access downtown Tampa; and use Willow Avenue to Cass Street to access Ashley Drive north of Polk Street.

To view the map of proposed detours, visit tampagov.net/AshleyDrive .

(2) Florida Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony

The State of Florida and the Florida State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police hosts the 30th annual Florida Law Enforcement Memorial Service in Tallahassee on Monday.

The service honors and remembers those law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty.

Officers will begin marching at 9:15 a.m. from the intersection of Monroe Street and Call Street in Tallahassee to the State Capitol for a ceremony in the courtyard.

The ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. A helicopter flyover is scheduled to occur during the event.

Governor Rick Scott will attend today's memorial service.

For a complete list of fallen officers in the State of Florida and more on today's ceremony, visit www.floridastatefop.org .

(3) Oak tree transplantation begins

The excavation process to move a 65-foot tall tree on the University of Tampa campus begins on Monday.

A Lake Worth company has made preparations for several months to move the tree. Crews pruned the oak's 70-foot canopy and hand dug the root system to allow the tree to regrow a new root structure prior to its relocation.

Workers today will re-dig the trench around the tree's root ball. They will then bore 12 inch holes about 3 to 4 feet below the tree and push steel I-beams into the holes. After a steel sheet is installed over the I-beams, a hydraulic jack will lift the tree out of the ground and set it onto motorized dollies.

The tree will then be transported 400 feet away to its new home. The arborist on the project created a five-year maintenance plan for the University to insure the oak remains healthy after its move.

The entire moving process should take about one week to complete.

The tree is being moved so the University of Tampa can build the new Naimoli Family Athletic and Intramural Complex on the site. The complex will include an artificial turf multi-purpose field with a 1,450-seat stadium. It is scheduled to be completed by December.

For more information, visit www.ut.edu .

(4) Rising Tides Capital Campaign donation

The Florida Aquarium will receive a substantial donation for its upcoming expansion project on Monday.

Carol and Barney Barnett will make their donation to the Rising Tides Capital Campaign official at a check presentation ceremony at 11:45 a.m. today.

The Riding Tides capital campaign will help the Florida Aquarium build a state-of-the-art education center; a re-designed lobby; a new exhibit hall for traveling exhibits; an off-site wildlife care center; new dive facilities; the 600-sear Mosaic Center conference/education center; and Lookout Lodge, a new gallery featuring animals never before seen at the aquarium.

Groundbreaking on the four-year expansion project is set to occur in September.

For more information, visit www.flaquarium.org .

(5) Melanoma Monday skin cancer screenings

For the 18th year in a row, Dr. Susan Roper will offer free skin cancer screenings for Melanoma Monday.

May is Skin Cancer Awareness month. Dr. Roper, a dermatologist with Countryside Dermatology & Laser Center in Clearwater, offers the free screenings in an effort to help raise awareness and catch the disease early.

"Skin cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells. If left unchecked, these cancer cells can spread from the skin into other tissues and organs," said Dr. Roper. "It is so vital to catch suspicious growths and lesions early, which is why we are offering this service free of charge."

The free screenings will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Morton Plant Hospital at 455 Pinellas Street in Clearwater.

"During a screening, we check moles, freckles, birth marks and other pigmentations for signs of cancer," Dr. Roper said. "Sometimes a problematic mole or birthmark is one a patient has never noticed before. Most skin cancers start as irregular spots."

Melanoma is almost always curable when it is found in its very early stages. One in 30 people will be diagnosed with melanoma in their lifetime.

There is limited space for the screenings and registration is required. You are asked to call (727) 953-6877 to make an appointment.

Please wear loose fitting

clothing to the screening. Examination is limited to exposed skin only.

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