5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, July 31, 2014

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, July 31, 2014.

(1) Tampa City Council to honor Julian Green

The Tampa City Council will honor US Men's National Team player Julian Green on Thursday morning.

Green scored his first goal for the U.S. in the Round of 16 game against Belgium at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The goal, scored in the 107th minute, pulled the American squad to within one goal of Belgium. The U.S. team would loss 2-1 in extra time.

The 19-year-old Green was born in Tampa to an American father and German mother.

In March he filed with FIFA to change the country he is eligible to play for. FIFA allows players with dual citizenship to change their eligibility once in their career.

The City Council will honor Green with a presentation of commendation during its regularly scheduled meeting which begins at 9:00 a.m.

(2) Mote scientists depart to study Florida red tide

Scientists with Mote Marine Lab in Sarasota will depart on Thursday morning to study an offshore bloom of Florida red tide.

Last week the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) confirmed red tide in water samples collected offshore of Hernando County, in an area of a large fish kill.

Satellite images taken on July 25 suggest the bloom is located 40-90 offshore between Dixie and Pasco counties, and was 80 miles long and 50 miles wide.

Red tide, which is caused by a higher-than normal concentration of microscopic alge, can kill marine life and cause respiratory irritation in humans. For more information, visit myfwc.com/research/redtide/ .

(3) Greenlight Pinellas telephone town hall

The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) will host its third and final Greenlight Pinellas telephone town hall for July on Thursday.

The interactive meetings are allowing the agency to share information and gather feedback about the future of public transit within Pinellas County.

In November voters in the county will get to decide on the Greenlight Pinellas proposal. It would eliminate the ad vallorem property tax that supports public transportation in favor of a one-cent sales tax increase. The sales taxes in Pinellas County would then increase to roughly 8 percent.

Today's telephone town hall will begin at 7:15 p.m. Joining PSTA CEO Brad Miller on the call will be PSTA Board Member Commissioner Janet Long and Largo Vice Mayor Harriet Crozier.

County residents can join in on the call by calling (877) 229-8493 and using call-in PIN 19878.

For more information on the Greenlight Pinellas proposal, visit www.GreenlightPinellas.com .

(4) Tampa Bay Water begins filling regional reservoir

Tampa Bay Water will begin storing water once again in the C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir in Lithia starting on Thursday morning.

The reservoir was taken offline in 2013 to replace the cracked erosion-control layer. The abnormal cracking was discovered in 2006, just one year after operations began at the reservoir.

Tampa Bay Water drained the reservoir so the $129 million in repairs could be made.

Water will be pumped from the Tampa Bypass Canal, the Hillsborough River and the Alafia River to fill the reservoir. Officials hope to the reservoir, which can hold 15.5 billion gallons, will be half full by the fall and filled by December.

The reservoir provides water for Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas Counties and the cities of New Port Richey, St. Petersburg and Tampa.

(5) National Heatstroke Prevention Day

July 31 is National Heatstroke Prevention Day. So far this year, at least 18 children nationwide, including one in the Tampa Bay area, have died from heatstroke after being left inside of a hot car.

St. Joseph's Hospital's Child Advocacy Team will demonstrate on Thursday just how fast the temperature inside a vehicle can rise by baking cookies inside a car sitting in a parking lot.

Officials say it only takes 20 minutes for temperatures to reach 109 degrees inside a car when it's 80 degrees outside.

Heatstroke occurs when the core body temperature rises above 105 degrees. When it reaches 107 degrees, internal organs begin to shut down and brain damage sets in.

Children are more susceptible to heatstroke because their body temperature rises 3-5 times faster than an adult's.

St. Joseph's Hospital's Child Advocacy Team recommends leaving something such as a phone, purse or even one of your shoes next your child's car seat to help you remember your child is in the car.

The cookie baking demonstration will take place from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the St. Joseph's Hospital Child Advocacy Center at 1401 A East Fowler Avenue in Tampa.

For more information on National Heatstroke Prevention Day, visit www.ems.gov/HeatstrokePreventionDay.htm .

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