5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, February 19, 2014

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, February 19, 2014.

(1) County Commission discusses Seffner sinkhole

The Hillsborough County Commission is scheduled on Wednesday what to do with the site of the sinkhole that claimed the life of 37-year-old Jeffrey Bush in 2013.

Right now a chain-link fence and danger signs surrounds the filled-in sinkhole.

Commissioners are scheduled to vote today on a $90,000 proposal for the county to take ownership of the land on Faithway Drive where Bush died, two nearby homes, payoff existing property taxes and erect a memorial.

The plan includes more fencing, densely-packed plants, a new sidewalk, a gate, a concrete pedestal and a memorial plaque. The report from the Parks, Recreation, and Conservation Department states county staff have met with Bush's family to discuss preliminary designs for a memorial.

The sinkhole proposal is scheduled to be voted on during the afternoon session of the County Commission meeting which begins at 2:00 p.m. in downtown Tampa.

(2) Greyhound protection law news conference

Members of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) will join state lawmakers in Tallahassee on Wednesday to urge their colleagues to pass greyhound protection laws in Florida.

According to a report by the Tampa Bay Times, seventy-four greyhounds died at the state's 13 race tracks over a seven month period in 2013. The most deaths occurred at Derby Lane in St. Petersburg and at a track in Daytona.

Clint Holland with the Florida Greyhound Association said the deaths are because of money and blames the lack of maintenance by racetrack owners for contributing to the injuries and deaths of the dogs.

The ASPCA is calling for an end to greyhound races. Holland says that would put thousands of people out of work.

Advocates today will urge state lawmakers to eliminate a state mandate that requires gaming facilities to hold dog races, and to pass Senate Bill 742 and House Bill 933, a greyhound injury reporting law.

Today's news conference in Tallahassee is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. at the Florida State Capitol.

(3) Rep. Kathy Castor hosts job fair

Congresswoman Kathy Castor is hosting a job at the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) on Wednesday. This is the third year in a row Rep. Castor is hosting a job fair in the Tampa Bay area.

Dozens of companies seeking to hire full and part-time employees will have representatives at the fair.

Participating firms include Ashley Furniture, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cintas Corporation, Coca-Cola, Hertz, Hilton Worldwide, Moffitt Cancer Center, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and Wal-Mart.

Candidates of all experience levels are welcome to attend. Attendees are asked to bring plenty of resumes and dress professionally.

There will also be job-search assistance available on site to help you learn how to improve your resume and get hired.

The job fair runs from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at MOSI, located at 4801 East Fowler Avenue in Tampa.

For more information, contact Rep. Castor's Tampa office at (813) 871-2817.

(4) Derek Jeter discusses retirement

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter will discuss his retirement plans with members of the media in Tampa on Wednesday.

Jeter is scheduled to talk at 11:30 a.m. in the Yankees Pavilion at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

The 39-year-old announced on his Facebook page last week the 2014 season would be his last.

One major decision to retire could be retirement of long-time teammates Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte. Jeter was also limited to just 17 games last year because of ankle fractures and other leg issues.

Jeter is a sure Hall of Fame player. He is a 13-time All-Star and won five World Series championships with the Yankees.

(5) Wage protests in Bay Area

Organizing for Action (OFA), the group that came out of President Obama's re-election campaign, will hold two grassroot protests on Wednesday calling on Congress to raise the minimum wage.

The group says economic opportunities need to be expanded for millions of Americans. A person earning the minimum wage in Florida earns $15,580.

A protest will take place in front of Bay Pine VA Health Center in St. Petersburg and on the public side on the corner of Florida Avenue and Lime Street in Lakeland.

Both protests are scheduled to occur at 12:00 p.m.

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