5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, April 3

TAMPA BAY - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, April 3.

(1) Pam Iorio receives Good Government Award

The Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners will present former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio with their 2013 Ellsworth G. Simmons Good Government Award on Wednesday.

The award is given annually to an individual or group to honor their role in improving government through leadership and vision. It is named after Ellsworth Simmons who served seven years on the Hillsborough County School Board and 21 years on the County Commission.

During her two terms as Mayor of Tampa, Iorio put an emphasis on neighborhood improvements, reducing crime, increasing financial reserves and renewed the city's commitment to the arts. She left office in 2011 with an 87 percent approval rating.

Iorio will be presented with the award during a 9:00 a.m. ceremony in the 2nd Floor County Commission Boardroom in downtown Tampa.

(2) AutoWay Job Fair

AutoWay is hosting a Job Fair on Wednesday in Pinellas Park. The AutoNation company is looking for qualified people to join their sales team for its dealerships in St. Petersburg and Clearwater.

AutoWay says the jobs offer competitive pay and include benefits such as paid training, paid vacation, health and dental insurance, a 401k program, and an employee vehicle purchase program.

The job fair is being held from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at AutoWay Toyota/Scion at 8501 U.S. Highway 19 in Pinellas Park.

No appointment is necessary. Managers will be on-site conducting interviews. For more information, call (727) 577-1231 or visit www.autonation.com .

(3) Clipper Schooner Lynx sails into St. Petersburg

The tall clipper schooner ship Lynx will sail in St. Petersburg on Wednesday.

The Lynx will sail into Harborage Marina at noon today. She will fire a salute from her main battery of 6-pound carronades upon her entrance.

The ship and its crew were in St. Petersburg from January 25 through February 3 and is returning due to the support they received.

"We are thrilled to return to St. Petersburg, the support our foundation has received is outstanding," said Jeffrey Woods, Executive Director of the Lynx Educational Foundation. "St Petersburg will be our last port of call before we start to head up the east coast to the Great Lakes and Canada celebrating the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 and the Star-Spangled Banner."

The Lynx will be docked in St. Petersburg through April 14. The ship will be open for public tours and sailaways during its stay.

For more information about the Lynx or to purchase tickets, call (866) 446-5969 or visit www.privateerlynx.org .

(4) Manasota Beach Park celebration

Sarasota County is holding a celebration on Wednesday for the newly improved Manasota Beach Park.

"Manasota Beach Park has been one of the most popular beach destinations in southern Sarasota County for decades," said Parks and Recreation Director Carolyn Brown. "We wanted to upgrade the amenities and recreational opportunities in the park, while maintaining the environmental beauty and charm that has drawn people to this beach for the last 50 years."

The improvements include a new pedestrian boardwalk with fishing pier; ramped dune walkover for beach access; outdoor seating area with shade trees; updated pavilions; more parking capacity and safer crosswalks on Manasota Key Road; and a larger ADA-compliant restroom facility.

For more information, visit www.discovernaturalsarasota.org/listing/manasota-beach-park-manasota-key/ .

(5) Food Truck Fiesta

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn's Food Truck Fiesta returns for to downtown Tampa on Wednesday.

Two new food trucks, PaniniRiffic and The Cheesesteak Truck, join the Fiesta this month.

Returning trucks include Dub & Jimbo's, Nico's Arepas, Tasty Stacy, Cuppin Cake, Michelle Faedo, Happy Baker, Q4U Food and Gone Bananas.

The Food Truck Fiesta takes place from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Lykes Gaslight Square Park on Franklin Street between Madison Street and Kennedy Boulevard.

For additional information, visit www.tampagov.net/foodtruck .

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