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

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

(1) Susanne Meyers sentencing

A Ruskin woman convicted of causing a fatal accident will be sentenced on Thursday.

On July 1, 2011 prosecutors say Susanne Meyers hit a motorcycle near the intersection of US 41 and Universal Drive. The motorcycle's driver, 62-year-old Thomas Colson and his 69-year-old passenger Galilee Howard both died at the scene.

It was more than eight months before the Florida Highway Patrol arrested Meyers.

In February a jury convicted Meyers of two counts of leaving the scene of an accident involving death. Her sentencing hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in the Hillsborough County Courthouse in downtown Tampa.

(2) St. Petersburg Pier vote

The St. Petersburg City Council plans to hold a crucial vote on Thursday whether to pay $1.5 million to an architect for the next design phase of the proposed pier replacement.

After holding an international design competition, the Council vote to replace the current pier with a new $50 million structure called "The Lens."

Fans of the current structure worry about spending that amount of taxpayer money. The "Stop the Lens" group argues the issue of tearing down the current pier and building a new one should be put to the voters.

The majority of city leaders are for the Lens project. The current pier is scheduled to close on May 31 with demolition scheduled to begin by 2014.

Today's vote will occur during the normal City Council meeting which begins at 8:30 a.m.

(3) President Clinton in Central Florida

Former President Bill Clinton will be in Orlando on Thursday to deliver the graduation speech at the University of Central Florida.

Mr. Clinton will address students in the UCF College of Health & Public Affairs and the UCF College of Medicine's Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences.

His speech will occur at the UCF Arena around 2:30 p.m.

Approximately 7,800 students are expected to graduate from UCF this spring. For more information on UCF graduation, visit registrar.sdes.ucf.edu/commencement/terms/2013/spring/ .

(4) Rock the Park

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa will rock on Thursday night.

The monthly music series "Rock the Park" will take over the park tonight. The series showcases the best Bay Area musicians in a variety of genres.

Tonight's lineup features rock quartet Wolf-Face, Tampa-based ukulele funk band The Applebutter Express, and genre-less modern musician Heights NS.

There will be food and beverage for sale on site. The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.rocktheparktampa.com .

(5) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom screening

St. Petersburg kicks off the city's annual free movie series with a screening on Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom in North Straub Park on Thursday night.

St. Petersburg Preservation puts on the weekly series which also features musical talents playing before the films.

Tonight's band is Americana band Between Bluffs. They will begin playing at 7:00 p.m. The movie will start at dusk.

Organizers suggest bringing a blanket or low chairs to sit on. Coolers are welcome. Food and drink vendors will be on site.

Future movies to be shown include: Sleepless in Seattle on May 9; Suspicion on May 16; E.T. on May 23, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels on May 30.

For additional information, visit stpetepreservation.org/movies/ .

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