5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, January 2

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, January 2.

(1) Rick Kriseman swearing-in

The City of St. Petersburg will get a new mayor on Thursday.

Mayor-elect Rick Kriseman will be sworn into office today at 12:45 p.m. on the steps of City Hall. He will be the 53rd Mayor of St. Petersburg.

The St. Pete City Council will hold a meeting at 11:00 a.m. to bid farewell to outgoing Mayor Bill Foster and outgoing Council Members Leslie Curran and Jeff Danner.

Newly-elected City Council Members Darden Rice and Amy Foster will join returning the four returning members for a swearing-in ceremony at noon.

In the case of inclement weather, the oath of office will be administered in City Council Chamber on the second floor of City Hall.

ABC Action News will be streaming the swearing-in ceremony live online on ABC Action News NOW!

(2) Winter Haven Tweeting The Beat

Officers with the Winter Haven Police Department will kick off their 2014 Tweeting The Beat on Thursday.

From 6:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m. police will take citizens to the front seat of a patrol car for a virtual ride along on the department's Twitter page.

Besides tweets, officers will be posting photos from their daily activities.

You can follow Winter Haven Police on their official Department Twitter account @WHPoliceDept .

(3) Sarasota County takes over partial Venice dispatch service

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) assumes partial dispatch service for the City of Venice on Thursday.

The SCSO's Public Safety Communications Center (PSC) will handle dispatch services for Venice from 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., seven days a week.

City of Venice residents should continue to dial 911 for all emergency situations. People calling 911 should not notice a change in service.

For non-emergency calls, Venice residents should continue to call the Venice Police Department's non-emergency number (941) 486-2444.

A complete consolidation of 24-hour dispatch service is expected by the middle of this year.

(4) 2013 National Collegiate Parachuting Championships

The 2013 U.S. Parachute Association National Collegiate Parachuting Championships wrap up in Lake Wales on Thursday.

Nearly 100 nearly 100 collegiate skydivers from colleges and universities across the country have spent the past week competing in multiple skydiving disciplines. They have been attempting to win gold, silver and bronze medals in both freefall and parachute landing events.

The events take place from sunrise to sunset at Skydive Lake Wales at 440 South Airport Road in Lake Wales.

The championships are free and open to the public.

For more information, visit www.lakewalesskydiving.com/collegiates.php .

(5) Under Armour High School Football Game

Ninety of the top high school football players in the country will be in St. Petersburg on Thursday to play in the Under Armour High School Football Game.

The game kicks off at 4:00 p.m. at Tropicana Field. It will be broadcast live on ESPN.

Eighteen high school football players are competing in the game including Bo Scarbrough and Michael O'Connor who play at the IMG Academy in Bradenton. Scarbrough has committed to play for the University of Alabama while O'Conner has committed to play quarterback for Penn State University.

Tickets to the game are $18 or $48 for a Family Four pack. You can purchase tickets at the Tropicana Field box office, by calling (800) 745-3000 or at www.ticketmaster.com .


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