5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Tuesday, June 17, 2014

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Tuesday, June 17, 2014.

(1) HART Route 51X revision open house

The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) is hosting an open house meeting on Tuesday to discuss proposed revisions to Route 51X, the New Tampa/Pasco Express.

The changes to the route, which would become effective in November, are intended to enhance and improve HART service in the New Tampa corridor.

There are three options HART is proposing.

  • Option #1 continues existing AM and PM express service between Pasco County and downtown Tampa with hourly midday service.

 

  • Option #2 would discontinue direct express service between Pasco County and downtown Tampa in favor of continual hourly midday service between the University Area Transit Center and southern Pasco County. Riders wanting to go downtown could use the HART MetroRapid service, HART route 6LTD, as an alternative.

 

  • Option #3 would discontinue direct express service between Pasco County and downtown Tampa in favor of continual hourly midday service between the University Area Transit Center and southern Pasco County and USF. Riders wanting to go downtown could use the HART MetroRapid service, HART route 6LTD, as an alternative.


HART is encouraging anyone to give comments on the options at today's public meeting which is taking place from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the New Tampa Community Center at 17302 Commerce Park Boulevard in Tampa.

Comments may also be forwarded to HART by contacting HART Customer Service at (813) 254-4278 or by sending an email to 51Xcomment@goHART.org .

A public hearing on the proposed revisions will occur on July 8 at 5:00 p.m. at the New Tampa Library. HART's Board of Directors are expected to make a final recommendation on any changes in September.

(2) Lake Manatee Dam report

The Manatee County Commission is scheduled to receive its first in-person update on the Lake Manatee Dam repairs on Tuesday. About 300,000 people living in Manatee and Sarasota Counties get their drinking water from Lake Manatee.

County officials said in February heavy rains could cause the 50-year-old dam to collapse. Water levels were then lowered by about two feet to relieve stress on the dam.

The County said it would cost over $14 million to repair the dam.

In April, crews began working six days a week to fix the serious erosion issues. The work was scheduled to be completed by June 1, but at last word that had been changed to June 14.

Additional repair work is scheduled to be completed by the end of October.

If all goes well, officials say the dam should be functional for another fifty years.

The update on the dam is expected to be given during the 1:30 p.m. meeting. You can watch the meeting streamed live at www.mymanatee.org/mga .

(3) JobNews Tampa job fair

JobNews Tampa is hosting its Mid-Year Career Fair in the air-conditioned Events Pavilion at George Steinbrenner Field in Tampa on Tuesday.

The job fair is being sponsored by Franklin Templeton Investments, FirstService Residential and WTTA.

More than 30 companies are participating including Amerilife, Coca-Cola, IQPC, Southern Green, TZ Insurance, Verizon Wireless, Walgreens, Hess, Embassy Suites, One Touch Direct and ClearSignal Networks.

You can pre-register online at www.jobnewstampa.com to receive a "fast pass" into the job fair at 10:00 a.m.

If you plan on attending, JobNews Tampa recommends you update your résumé in advance, research the companies you are interested in, and dress professionally.

The job fair runs from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

(4) Miss Florida Pageant

The Miss Florida Pageant competition gets underway at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Tuesday.

The Pageant begins with five preliminary competitions the public may attend: tonight, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; and two preliminaries on Friday at 4:00 and 8:00 p.m.

One young woman will be crowned Miss Florida 2014 during a Las Vegas-style production on Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. The winner will represent the Sunshine State at the 2015 Miss America Pageant in September.

The week will also see 39 contestants vying for the title of Miss Florida's Outstanding Teen, the finals of which will be held at the Mahaffey Theater on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.

Tickets for both the Miss Florida and Miss Florida's Outstanding Teen preliminaries and pageant finals can be purchased at the Mahaffey Theater Box Office at (727) 892-5767.

For information about the Miss Florida 2014 pageant, visit www.missflorida.org .

(5) St. Petersburg College FIFA World Cup viewing party

St. Petersburg College will host a FIFA World Cup viewing party on Tuesday afternoon.

The school is inviting students, staff members and the public to watch the Mexico-Brazil match at the Clearwater Campus at 2465 Drew Street in Clearwater. You're asked to bring your national colors to celebrate this international sporting event.

There will be culturally-themed activities and a performance

by Mahetzy, a folkloric Mexican dance company, at the event. Representatives from the Tampa Bay Rowdies soccer team will also be attending handing out giveaways.

The viewing party will occur between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m.

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