5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, June 27
7:43 AM, Jun 27, 2013
11:24 AM, Jun 27, 2013
TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, June 27.
(1) Tampa panhandling ordinance discussion
The Tampa City Council is scheduled on Thursday to discuss a new ordinance curtailing panhandling in Tampa.
The proposed ordinance would tighten or prohibit all solicitation in front of banks, ATMs, sidewalk cafes and in specific areas, like downtown Tampa or Ybor City, where large amounts of pedestrians are confined.
The ordinance is being proposed to try and help police deal with an increase in public nuisance and harassing behavior calls they have received over the past year.
The city's legal department is scheduled to discuss the ordinance during the City Council's normal meeting today which begins at 10:00 a.m.
(2) National HIV Testing Day
Thursday is National HIV Testing Day, a day when health department across Florida and the country offer free, confidential testing for HIV and other sexually-transmitted diseases.
In Pasco County, free HIV, Hepatitis and Syphilis tests will be provided from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. by the Mobile Medical Van at Advanced Auto Parts at 15826 County Line Road in Spring Hill.
In Polk County, from HIV testing will be offered from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Florida Department of Health clinics in Auburndale, Bartow, Haines City, Lake Wales and Lakeland. Free HIV Rapid Testing will be offered from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Community Development Center in Florence Villa at 111 Avenue R N.E. in Winter Haven.
In Hillsborough County, free HIV and STD tests will be provided on Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Health Department office at 1105 East Kennedy Boulevard in downtown Tampa.