5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, April 24

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, April 24.

(1) St. Petersburg budget summit

The City of St. Petersburg will hold the first of three public budget summits for fiscal year 2014 on Wednesday.

During the summit, city administrators will provide a short summary of the proposed budget before allowing members of the public comment on proposed reductions. Leaders are hoping to maintain the same level of service without additional reductions.

Tonight's budget summit begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Willis S. Johns Center at 6635 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street North.

Future budget summit will take place on May 15 at the J.W. Cate Center at 5801 22nd Avenue North and on June 12 at the Enoch Davis Center at 1111 18th Avenue South. Both forums begin at 6:00 p.m.

The City Council will consider the final budget and tax rate for approval in September.

For more information on the budget process, visit www.stpete.org/budget/ .

(2) National Weather Service Storm Surge Media Seminar

Forecasters at the National Weather Service office in Ruskin will speak to members of the media on Wednesday on the development of the new 2015 Storm Surge Warning system.

Currently the National Hurricane Center does not issue Storm Surge Warnings when they issue tropical storm and hurricane tracks. A storm surge is the rapid rise of water that occurs before the arrival of a storm.

Over 100 people died because of Superstorm Sandy's storm surge in October.

The Hurricane Center believes the new Storm Surge warnings will improve communication to coastal residents. The first warnings will be issued with the 2015 hurricane season.

The media seminar is not open to the public, but ABC Action News' Bill Logan is scheduled to attend and plans on reporting about the meeting later today.

(3) 2013 TV ME! winners announced

The winners of the 2013 TV ME! Competition will be announced in Lakewood Ranch on Wednesday.

The competition is sponsored by the Sarasota County Film & Entertainment Office. The idea is to allow anyone to submit a proposal for a television program.

There are three categories: scripted, series television; unscripted, partially scripted television; and long-format individual program or one-off specials.

One winner will be announced in each category. One entry will be named grand prize winner and receive a trip to Los Angeles or New York City to pitch their winning concept to television industry professionals.

The award ceremony will take place at the Gold Coast Eagle Distributing conference center at 5:30 p.m.

To learn more about the TV ME! Competition, visit www.filmsarasota.com/tv-me-contest/ .

(4) Maple Leafs vs. Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning will play their penultimate home game of the 2013 season at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Wednesday night.

The Lightning are playing the Toronto Maple Leafs, a team that has secured their first playoff berth in nine years.

Tampa Bay beat Toronto 4-2 at home on February 19. That game was the lone victory in the Bolts last five contest against the Maple Leafs.

The Lightning have lost six straight games following Sunday's 3-2 loss to Carolina.

The opening faceoff for tonight's game is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. For more information, visit lightning.nhl.com .

(5) Yankees vs. Rays

On Wednesday night the Tampa Bay Rays are gnoming where the franchise has never gnomed before.

That is because the Rays are giving away a Joe Maddon Gnome to the first 10,000 fans to tonight's game.

Last season Tampa Bay gave away the popular Zim Bear featuring the advisor Don Zimmer's face on a teddy bear's body. This year's weird promotion has Joe Maddon's face on the body of a garden gnome mini-statue.

The Rays close out their six-game home stand against the New York Yankees tonight. Tampa Bay has won four of the five game, losing 4-3 Tuesday night to New York.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call (800) 745-3000 or visit raysbaseball.com .

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