5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Tuesday, February 18, 2014

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Tuesday, February 18.

(1) Dennis Ross town hall meeting

Congressman Dennis Ross is hosting a town hall meeting on Tuesday in Plant City.

The Republican represents Florida's 15th Congressional District including Bartow, Lakeland and Plant City.

Ross will spend time tonight giving a Congressional update and answering questions asked by his constituents during the meeting.

The town hall takes place from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at American Legion Post 26 at 2207 West Baker Street in Plant City.

For more information, call Rep. Ross' District in Lakeland at (863) 644-8215.

(2) Pinellas County water limitations

The Pinellas County Department of Environment and Infrastructure is asking county residents to limit water use for ten days beginning on Tuesday.

Through February 28, homeowners are asked to refrain from lawn irrigation, pressure washing, car washing, installing new sod or landscaping, operating fountains and filling pools. They are also encouraged to reduce shower time, avoid running water while washing dishes or brushing teeth.

Crews will spend the next ten days replacing part of the county's aging water infrastructure. Once completed, the project will help reduce operational and maintenance costs of the system and improve the management of the county's water quality.

For more information, on water restrictions in Pinellas County, call (727) 464-4000 or visit www.pinellascounty.org/utilities/water-restrict.htm .

(3) Clean Water rally

Clean water activists will hold a protest on the steps of the Florida State Capitol on Tuesday. They are demanding the Florida Legislature to take action to address issues that could damage the supply and quality of state's water.

State Senators and Representatives will joining participants in the Clean Water Declaration Campaign, which is made up of more than 100 civic and environmental organizations from across Florida.

Speakers today include State Senator David Simmons and State Representative Jose Javier Rodriguez.

The activists say is the responsibility of the state government and the people and businesses that use water to keep pollution from entering the water supply; stop the privatization and over consumption of water; and make sure clean water will be available for future generations.

Today's rally begins at 11:30 a.m. For more information on the Clean Water Declaration Campaign, visit www.wewantcleanwater.com .

(4) Speak Out for Moffitt

Dozens of people who want the State Legislature to increase government funding for cancer research will be in Tallahassee on Tuesday for Moffitt Day.

The cancer research advocated left Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa at 5:45 a.m. After arriving in the State Capitol, they will meet with state lawmakers to share their personal stories and urge them to continue funding cancer research.

Last month Florida Governor Rick Scott proposed $80 million for cancer research in next year's state budget. If the Legislature approves the money, it would go to support Moffitt Cancer Center and other major cancer institutions in the state for promising cancer research projects.

For more information on Moffitt Day events, visit moffitt.org/home/events/moffitt-day-2014 .

(5) Modern Warfare conference at USF

A number of the nation's top military leaders in Iraq and Afghanistan will be at the University of South Florida on Tuesday for the start of a 2-day conference to discuss the changing landscape fo modern warfare.

The event, which is open to the public, is sponsored by the Citizen Initiative at USF.

The conference will explore the aftermath of the wars in Afghanistan; major upheaval and change in the Middle East; humanitarian challenges and military technologies.

Major General John Nicholson, Jr., the Commanding General of the 82nd Airborne Division and a former head of operations for U.S. forces in Afghanistan, will present the keynote address today at 9:30 a.m.

Other speakers include: Oubai Shahbandar, a senior advisor to the Syrian opposition; Clare Lockhart, a world-renowned advisor on development and civil society issues; David John Kilcullen, the former Chief Strategist in the Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the U.S. State Department; and Frederick Kagan, one of the intellectual architects of the "surge" strategy in Iraq.

The two-day conference is being held at the Patel Center for Global Solutions at the University of South Florida. A full conference agenda can be found at scholarcommons.usf.edu/tow/Information/Program_Agenda/ .

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