5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Tuesday, May 13, 2014

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Tuesday, May 13, 2014.

(1) Nehemiah Project Open House

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn will host an open house and plant the first "for sale" sign in the new Nehemiah Project on Tuesday.

The free open house is being held at 10:00 a.m. at 8303 North 13th Street. The public is being invited to walk through several of the completed homes.

The Nehemiah Project is turning vacant lots in the Sulphur Springs neighborhood into new single family homes. The first 11 homes will be put up for sale as soon as they are completed. Funding from each sale is being put towards building another home on a different parcel in the neighborhood.

"We need more good, steady homeowners that will take pride in their property and in the neighborhood," said Mayor Buckhorn. "My hope is that our public investment will be the catalyst to transforming Sulphur Springs into the type of neighborhood that it can and should be."

The Mayor has made revitalizing Sulphur Springs, one of the poorest neighborhoods in Tampa, a major priority for his administration.

To view designs of the single family homes, visit tampagov.net .

(2) Gulfport Free Clothing Swap

The Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market holds its next Free Clothing Swap on Tuesday.

The event allows participates to bring up to five gently used garments to exchange for vouchers that can be used to select clothing brought in by other participants.

Items may be for women, men or children. Gently used shoes and wardrobe accessories are also accepted.

Vouchers may also be purchased for $3 each. Donations of clothing above the 5-garment limit are encouraged and accepted.

All cash collected, donated clothing, and non-selected garments at the end of the swap will be donated to Community Action Stops Abuse (CASA).

CASA is a local non-profit organization providing services to survivors of abuse or violence.

The next clothing swap is scheduled for Tuesday, June 10. For more information, visit freshmarket@gulfportma.com .

(3) Polk County School Board new school vote

The Polk County School Board could vote on Tuesday to go ahead with a plan to build a new school in the northeast part of the county.

If approved, officials will begin scouting for a location to build the school in the Four Corners area north of Interstate 4.

The $39 million school would serve grades K-8 with enough room for 700 elementary and 350 middle school students.

Right now, twenty developments north of Haines City are in the construction or planning stage. A new school would ease the crowding that would otherwise occur at other nearby school.

The School Board meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. in Bartow.

(4) 5th Annual Senior Health and Wellness Expo

The Hillsborough County Aging Services will host its 5th annual Senior Health and Wellness Expo on Tuesday morning.

The event is free and open to all Hillsborough County residents age 50 and over. Attendees can receive free health screenings and information, learn about community resources and watch demonstrations that they can use to stay healthy and active.

The expo runs from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Town 'N Country Senior Center located at 7606 Paula Drive in Tampa.

For more information on other Aging Services events, call (813) 272-5250 or visit www.HillsboroughCounty.org/Aging .

(5) Häagen-Dazs Free Cone Day

Häagen-Dazs is giving everyone the opportunity for some free ice cream on Tuesday.

May 13 is Häagen-Dazs Free Cone Day. You can receive one free ice cream cone from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.

In the Tampa Bay area, participating Häagen-Dazs locations include the Tampa stores at Citrus Park Town Center and International Plaza.

To find a store near you, visit www.haagendazs.us/Shops/ .

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