5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, May 9

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, May 9.

(1) Ronde Barber retirement announcement

One of the best players in the history of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will announce his retirement on Thursday.

Ronde Barber will make his retirement official during a 2:00 p.m. news conference at One Buc Place.

The 38-year-old Barber played cornerback for all but one of his 16 seasons with the Buccaneers. Ronde finishes his career as the Buccaneers franchise leader in interceptions and defensive touchdown returns.

Barber was a five-time Pro Bowl selection and was a member of the Buccaneers Super Bowl XXXVII winning team.

ABC Action News is planning to stream Barber's retirement announcement live online starting at 2:00 p.m.

(2) Residences at the Riverwalk public hearing

The Tampa City Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing on Thursday on the proposed Residences at the Riverwalk apartment complex.

The building would be built on one acre of land south of the Straz Center for the Performing Arts and west of the John Germany Public Library.

A number of people are worried the apartment complex could increase the dangers for pedestrians walking to the arts center or library.

Currently there is an elevated pedestrian bridge going from the Poe Parking Garage to the library and then to the Straz. The apartment developers would end the bridge at their parking garage, forcing people to street level.

The hearing will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the council chambers on the third floor of the Old City Hall in downtown Tampa.

(3) 12th annual Clean Air Fair

Hillsborough County's Environmental Protection Commission' holds its 12th annual Clean Air Fair in downtown Tampa on Thursday.

The fair will feature environmental and community exhibitors from around Hillsborough County, complimentary food and refreshments, health information, live music and prize drawings.

Exhibitors will demonstrate their efforts to reduce environmental impacts through public education, innovative energy efficiencies, and alternative technologies and fuel sources.

The fair will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Poe Plaza on Jackson Street at Franklin Street.

(4) Dance party fundraiser for Adrianne Haslet-Davis

The Arthur Murray Tampa Dance Studio will hold a dance party fundraiser for one of the Boston Marathon Bombing victims on Thursday.

Adrianne Haslet-Davis is a teacher at the Arthur Murray Boston Dance Studio. She lost her lower left leg in one of the blasts. Haslet has promised to dance again, even saying she is determined to run in the marathon even though she is not a runner.

The dance party fundraiser will begin at 9:00 p.m. at the studio's new location at 4011 West Gandy Boulevard in Tampa. Tickets are $15. There will be wine, light appetizers, a silent auction and dancing.

100% of the proceeds raised will be sent to Adrianne Haslet-Davis.

If you are unable to attend, you still make a donation by contacting the Arthur Murray Tampa Dance Studio at (813) 835-1111.

(5) Sgt. Mike Nicholson smart home groundbreaking

A groundbreaking ceremony for Sgt. Mike Nicholson's new smart home will take place at 10:00 a.m. The home is being built at 6321 Interbay Avenue in South Tampa.

Nicholson lost both of his legs and his left arm in an improvised explosive device attack in Afghanistan on July 6, 2011.

The Gary Sinise Foundation and the Tunnel to Towers Foundation are partnering to build the home for Nicholson. The home will include features allowing the Marine sergeant to easily get around on his own.

On Friday night, the Lt. Dan Band, which Gary Sinise co-founded, is holding a fundraising concert in Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa to raise money for the construction of Nicholson's home.

Tickets are available at the Ticket Booth at Curtis Hixon Park from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. today and tomorrow with no service fee. You can also purchase tickets at SupportMikeNicholson.com .

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