5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, August 22

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, August 22.

(1) Anna Maria beach parking

The City of Anna Maria is scheduled to discuss a proposal on Thursday to charge for parking at its popular beach.

City officials are concerned about the thousands of vehicles that flood the city during holidays. Many drivers end up parking in homeowners' driveways and leave the city to deal with mounds of trash.

During a six-day period over the Fourth of July holiday the city says they counted 51,000 vehicles driving into and out of the city.

Discussion of the parking fee proposal will occur during tonight's Anna Maria City Council meeting which begins at 6:00 p.m.

(2) Fort Homer Hesterly Armory renovation vote

The Tampa City Council is scheduled to vote on the plan to renovate the 71-year-old Fort Homer Hesterly Armory.

The Tampa Jewish Community Center wants to redevelop the Armory to include a wellness center, pre-school, outdoor aquatic center, events hall and kosher cafe.

The Armory has a lot of history. It was the site of speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and President John F. Kennedy. Elvis Presley, the Doors, Pink Floyd and James Brown performed in concert in the armory.

Last month the Florida National Register Review Board recommended the Armory be added to the National Register of Historical Places.

Today's Tampa City Council meeting begins at 9:00 a.m.

(3) Citrus County Transit Center grand opening

Citrus County will hold grand opening ceremonies for the county's new Transit Center on Thursday.

The main function of 9,000 sq. ft. building at 1300 S. Lecanto Highway in Lecanto will be as a transportation and bus station.

It will also serve as the Citrus County Operations Center when a hurricane threatens the area. The building was constructed to withstand a Category 3 hurricane.

The grand opening ceremony will take place at 10:00 a.m.

(4) USF 2017 Class Photo

New students at the University of South Florida will gather on Thursday for the Class of 2017 Class Photo.

Around 3,000 new and returning students starting moving into USF dorms on Wednesday.

At 11:00 a.m. hundreds of students will gather together at the Corbett Soccer Stadium to spell out U-S-F.

Today's photo shoot is part of a series of campus-wide events welcoming students to USF before classes start on Monday.

For more information about Week of Welcome, visit newstudent.usf.edu .

(5) 73-year-old woman graduates in Pinellas County

A 73-year-old woman who went back to school will receive her diploma on Thursday.

Joanne McNaughton enrolled in the GED program at Dixie Hollins Adult Education Center to motivate her 16-year-old grandson to get his GED.

Joanne did not set out to get her own diploma. However, after enrolling and attending classes every day, she realized she enjoyed learning.

Tonight at the Mahaffey Theater, Joanne will be one of nearly 200 people to receive their GED diploma during graduation ceremonies.

Pinellas County School Board Member Janet Clark will give the keynote address to graduates and guests.

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