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

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, June 5, 2014.

(1) Bilirakis VA Town Hall meeting

Congressman Gus Bilirakis is inviting the public to a town hall meeting on Thursday for a candid conversation about their experiences with local VA offices.

The Veterans Administration has come under fire for systematic delays where veterans died while awaiting to receive care. At least five of those veterans died in Florida.

Rep. Bilirakis wants to hear directly regarding access to care and any delays veterans may be experiencing in obtaining the care they need.

"I want to hear the good, the bad and the ugly on this. I want the truth and I want to brainstorm possible solutions," said Rep. Bilirakis, who is the Vice-Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs. "The best way to get that crucial information is by talking directly to our veterans."

The town hall is being held at 10:00 a.m. at the New Port Richey City Hall at 5919 Main Street in New Port Richey.  You can also contact the Congressman through his House website at bilirakis.house.gov .

(2) Clothes To Kids expands program

The Clothes To Kids (CTK) program in Pinellas County is expanding to include Pre-K 4-year-olds starting on Thursday.

CTK provides new and quality used clothing to low-income or in crisis school-age children in Pinellas County free of charge.

To be eligible for free clothing, a child must qualify for free or reduced price lunch or be referred by a qualifying agency and be enrolled in a Pinellas County school, a private VPK program, or registered for Head Start.

Appointments for shopping at CTK can be made by calling one of their stores. For the Clearwater store, call (727) 441-5050. For the St. Petersburg store, call (727) 327-7100.

Donations of clothing and shoes are accepted at both locations Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.clothestokids.org .

(3) Cuscaden Pool report

The Tampa City Council is scheduled to receive a report on Thursday that could determine the future of the Cuscaden Pool.

The 79-year-old pool, located in Ybor City, has been closed since 2009 because it was leaking nearly 500,000 gallons of water a year.

Officials with the Budget Department are scheduled to appear before the City Council and provide a report regarding the allocation of funds to repair the pool.

Councilmembers have yet to determine whether it is feasible to spend taxpayers' money to repair the historic pool or simply demolish it and build a new one.

It could cost more than $1.3 million to stabilize the pool. That money does not include the money, as much as $300,000 every few years, needed to keep Cuscaden operating.

The Tampa City Council meeting begins at 9:00 a.m.

(4) Sundial new food tenant

The Edwards Group says it will make a major announcement on Thursday regarding the Sundial shopping complex.

The downtown St. Petersburg center was once known as BayWalk. It has been undergoing renovations for more than a year.

Today, officials say they will announce the addition of a new food-related tenant that is coming to Sundial.

The first store, Diamonds Direct, opened at the remodeled complex on May 9. More stores and restaurants are scheduled to open at Sundial over the next few months.

Sundial is located at 153 2nd Avenue North in St. Petersburg.

(5) Polk County last day of classes

Summer break officially begins for Polk County public school students on Thursday afternoon. Today is the last day of school in the county.

School is already out in Citrus, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Pasco, Pinellas, and Sarasota Counties.

The final day of classes in Hillsborough County is Friday, June 6. Manatee County is final local county to end the school year. The final day there is Monday, June 9.

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