5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Tuesday, April 2

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

(1) Pedestrian and bicycle safety Improvements public meeting

Hillsborough County is holding the second of three public meetings on Tuesday on pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements to county roads.

The suggested improvements are being designed by the Public Works Department after certain roads were identified by the Metropolitan Planning Organization as high pedestrian and bicycle crash corridors.

At tonight's meeting the following proposed improvements will be discussed:

  • 56th Street from Fletcher Avenue to Fowler Avenue: addition of sidewalk and a mid-block crosswalk, and restriping of bike lanes.
  • 42nd Street from Fletcher Avenue to Bruce B. Downs: addition of sidewalks, mid-block crosswalks and street lighting.
  • Bruce B. Downs Boulevard from Fletcher Avenue to Bearss Avenue: sidewalk additions and street lighting improvements.
  • Bearss Avenue from Dale Mabry Boulevard to Lake Madgalene Boulevard: sidewalk additions, bike lane and road pull-out additions, and stormwater improvements.
  • Bearss Avenue from Florida Avenue to 22nd Street: sidewalk and bike lane addition, restriping of existing bike lanes, and installing bicycle awareness signage.

Tonight's meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the University Area Community Development Center. For more information, call (813) 272-5275.

(2) JobNewsTampa.com job fair

ABC Action News' employment partner JobNewsTampa.com is holding a job fair on Tuesday.

Over 30 companies with more than 1,000 opening are participating in the job fair.

Some of the companies in attendance will be Capital One, Macy's, Coca-Cola Company, Esurance, Amerilife, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, NexTech Systems, Panda Express, Caspers Company (McDonalds), Northwestern Mutual, Alorica, Courtesy Auto Group, AFLAC, Ultimate Medical Acadmy, and TZ Insurance.

The fair is being held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Embassy Suites USF Campus which is located next to USF and Busch Gardens.

Job seekers are encouraged to pre-register online at www.JobNewsTampa.com . Details about today's job fair and up coming fairs can be found under the "career fair" link.

(3) Orioles vs. Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays open the 2013 regular season at Tropicana Field on Tuesday. The first pitch is scheduled for 3:10 p.m.

This is the 16th season for the Rays. All time Tampa Bay is 8-7 in season openers. The Rays are 3-4 in season openers under manager Joe Maddon, but have won 2 of their last 3, with both wins coming in walk-off fashion after trailing entering the 9th inning.

All players, managers, coaches, umpires and on-field personnel will wear a symbolic ribbon patch honoring the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre at today's game.

The national anthem will be performed by B.K. Jackson, a 21-year-old Tampa native who is taking time off from his studies at Florida A&M University to perform with Prince. Jackson has performed the anthem at Rays home openers in 2009, 2011 and 2012.

Today's game is a sell-out but you may be able to find tickets using Stubhub.com , Major League Baseball's official fan-to-fan ticket marketplace.

Tickets are still available for the remaining games of the Rays opening home stand. For more information, visit raysbaseball.com .

(4) Don Zimmer throws out 1st pitch

Tampa Bay Rays senior advisor Don Zimmer will throw out the first pitch at the Tampa Bay Rays opening game on Tuesday.

The 82-year-old Zimmer will be joined by his wife Soot, son Tom, daughter-in-law Marian and grandsons Bo and Ron.

Zimmer is entering his 65th season in professional baseball and his 10th with the Rays. He has been a major league coach, manager or advisor every year since 1971.

Zimmer made his Major League debut in 1954 with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He played 12 seasons with the Dodgers, Cubs, Mets, Reds and Senators.

(5) Rays rally and block party

The City of St. Petersburg is throwing a block party on Tuesday to celebrate opening day.

The party will be held from noon to 3:00 p.m. on Central Avenue and 13th Street.

There will be prizes, games, beer, ballpark foods and live music from country rockers The Troy Duncan Band and top 40 hits by Sunburn.

The block party is free and open to the public. You do not need to be attending the Rays home opener to attend.

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