5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Tuesday, July 15, 2014.

(1) The Trio at ENCORE! grand opening

A grand opening celebration for the newest buildings at ENCORE!, the new downtown Tampa urban mixed-use redevelopment project, is planned for Tuesday afternoon.

The Trio at ENCORE! consists of three residential buildings with 207,583 square-feet of liveable space. One building is six-stories tall; the other two are four-stories tall.

The Trio features 141 units with 1-, 2-, 3- and 4-bedroom floor plans. Amenities include a swimming pool, movie theater, fitness center, library, game rooms, and internet café.

When complete, more than 2,500 people will call the $425 million ENCORE! project home. Currently The Reed at ENCORE! is under construction and workers will soon start building The Tempo! at ENCORE!

During today's grand opening celebration, which begins at 2:30 p.m., will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony, live jazz music, special guests, giveaways, and guided tours of The Trio.

The Trio at ENCORE! is located at 1101 Ray Charles Boulevard in Tampa.

For a behind-the-scenes look at The Trio, visit the Tampa Bay Business Journal's preview slideshow at www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/slideshow/2014/05/13/sneak-peek-of-trio-at-encore-in-downtown-tampa.html .

(2) Indian Mounds Master Plan public forum

The City of St. Petersburg is hosting a public forum on Tuesday to discuss the Indian Mounds Master Plan Project.

The project proposes to restore and make improvements at several Indian Mounds located on city parkland.

Indian Mounds can be found on Abercrombie, Jungle Prada / DeNarvaez, Maximo and Indian Mound parks in the city.

The event will give St. Petersburg residents and neighborhood association the chance to discuss the proposed plans with city staff.

The forum is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Sunshine Center Auditorium at 330 Fifth Street N. It is free and open to the public.

(3) Snooty's Lettuce Eating Contest

The South Florida Museum in Bradenton will host a Lettuce Eating Contest on Tuesday to help raise awareness of Snooty's upcoming Birthday Bash.

The five "celebrity" competitors will put their appetites against Snooty.

Once the contest begins at 10:30 a.m., the competitors will have ten minutes to eat as much lettuce as possible, while demonstrating their personal style. They will be judged on style, quantity and personality.

The participating celebrities include: John Home, Owner of Anna Maria Oyster Bar; Johnette Isham, Executive Director of Realize Bradenton; Megan Jourdan with the Florida Department of Health in Manatee County; Lynn Lineman who is on the South Florida Museum Board of Trustees; and John Annis with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

The South Florida Museum currently cares for three manatees, including Snooty, who will celebrate his 66th birthday during a special party at the museum on July 19. Snooty holds the world record for the longest-living manatee in history.

The South Florida Museum is located at 201 10th Street West in Bradenton. For more information, call (941) 746-4131 or visit www.southfloridamuseum.org .

(4) Legenday baseball coaches panel

Six of Tampa's most successful and legendary high school baseball coaches are coming together on Tuesday to help celebrate the city's rich baseball heritage.

Frank Permuy (Gaither High), Pop Cuesta (Jefferson High), Billy Reed (Hillsborough High), James Macalusco (King High), John Crumbley (Steinbrenner High) and Pete Mulry (Tampa Catholic) will participate in a coaches panel.

The six will share stories from their coaching experiences, answer audience questions and recount their favorite memories. WFLA radio host Jack Harris will serve as emcee.

The event also includes a memorabilia silent auction and a MLB All-Star Game watch party.

Proceeds benefit the Tampa Baseball Museum at the Al Lopez House, which is set to open later this year.

The panel begins at 5:00 p.m. at Higgins Hall at St. Lawrence Catholic Church at 5225 North Himes Avenue in Tampa.

Tickets are $50 a person. Admission includes ballpark food, cold drinks and a cash bar. You can buy tickets at tampabaseballmuseum.org/events/ . For more information, call (813) 247-1434

(5) 34th annual Hemingway Days begins

Key West will be filled with white-bearded men starting on Tuesday. The 34th annual Hemingway Days begins today.

The event celebrates the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway, who called the city home throughout the 1930s.

Over the next six days, Key West will remember Hemingway by commemorating the 115th anniversary of his birthday on July 21; holding readings and book signings; displaying rare Hemingway memorabilia; hosting a zany "Running of the Bulls" competition, a three-day marlin tournament, and the ever popular Hemingway look-alike contest for stocky white-bearded men.

Hemingway's granddaughter Lorian Hemingway will also preside over the awards ceremony for the renowned Short

Story literary competition.

To learn more about Hemingway Days, visit www.fla-keys.com/hemingwaymedia/ .

For more information on the look-alike contest at Sloppy Joe's bar, visit sloppyjoes.com/look-alike/entry-form/ .

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