5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, February 27

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, February 27.

(1) New Tampa Boulevard Bridge ribbon cutting

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn will cut the ribbon on the newly completed $12.8 million New Tampa Boulevard Bridge on Wednesday.

"The New Tampa Boulevard Bridge has been eagerly anticipated, and when combined with the widening along Bruce B. Downs, it will give the residents of New Tampa the traffic relief they deserve," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. "The bridge and the convenience it provides to the surrounding neighborhoods will improve the quality of life for area residents."

The 0.7 mile bridge spans over Interstate 75 connecting Commerce Park Boulevard in Tampa Palms with New Tampa Boulevard in West Meadows.

It includes a five-foot wide sidewalk on the south side and an eight-foot wide multi-use trail on the north side, allowing pedestrian and bicycle traffic to safely cross I-75 without using Bruce B. Downs Boulevard.

The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. on the West Meadows side of the bridge. The bridge is scheduled to open for traffic shortly after the ribbon cutting event.

(2) Progress Energy Florida free energy makeovers

Progress Energy Florida will kick off their Neighborhood Energy Saver program in New Port Richey on Wednesday.

The program will help more than 170 low-income customers receive a complimentary energy makeover.

"Through the Neighborhood Energy Saver program, we provide customers the tools to help reduce their energy bills, and the information needed to make long lasting positive change," said Alex Glenn, president of Progress Energy Florida.

The Neighborhood Energy Saver program benefits low-income customers living in select, census-defined communities.

Eligible customers will receive up to 16 energy-efficiency improvements at no cost, including: water heater wraps and insulation for water pipes; low-flow faucet aerators and low-flow showerheads; refrigerator coil brushes and refrigerator thermometers; wall plate thermometers and HVAC winterization kits.

The program kickoff event will take place from 6:00 p.m. at the New Port Richey Recreation & Aquatic Center at 6630 Van Buren Street.

For more information on energy efficiency tips all homeowners can benefit from, visit www.progress-energy.com/florida/home/save-energy-money .

(3) Fallen Law Enforcement Officers license plates

State Senator Jack Latvala and State Representative Dwight Dudley will show their support for a license plate bill for law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty on Wednesday.

The two lawmakers will visit the Pinellas Park High School's Criminal Justice Academy. Students at the academy organized the group Operation 10-24 in 2011 to promote the creation of a specialized license plate for fallen officers.

If signed into law, Senate Bill 712 and House Bill 911 would provide for proceeds from the annual fee of $25 per tag to benefit the Police and Kids Foundation, Inc., a non-profit charity to benefit law enforcement and students. Seventy percent of the funds will go to training and equipment for law enforcement officer safety and 30% will go toward education.

The lawmakers will visit Pinellas Park High School at 3:00 p.m. today.

(4) U.S. flag donation

U.S. Marines Corp Sgt. Pedro Rogazy will donate a United States flag to Sarasota County Fire Station 15 on Wednesday.

Sgt. Rogazy recently returned from a tour in Afghanistan. The nine-year Marine veteran will present a U.S. flag flown in Afghanistan to the fire station in memory of Walter "Butch" Tarlowski.

Tarlowski was a Sarasota County firefighter who died in June 2010 two weeks after his retirement following a long battle with cancer. He was a mentor to Rogazy's brother, Geraldo, a Sarasota County firefighter at Station 15.

The flag will be on permanent display at the station.

The presentation ceremony will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the Fire Station 15, located at 9102 Bloomfield Boulevard in Sarasota.

(5) Pink in concert

Pop superstar Pink brings her Truth About Love Tour to the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Wednesday night.

Pink has won 3 Grammy Awards, 2 Billboard Music Awards, 5 MTV Video Music Awards, 2 MTV Europe Awards and 2 People's Choice Awards.

Her most recently album, The Truth About Love, was released on September 18, 2012. It is her first album to peak at #1 on the Billboard Album chart.

Better known by her stage name Pink, the 33-year-old Alecia Beth Moore made her music career debut in 2000. Since that time she has released six studio albums ( Can't Take Me Home, M!ssundaztood, Try This, I'm Not Dead, Funhouse and The Truth About Love).

Swedish rockers The Hives open tonight's concert which starts at 7:30 p.m.

Ticket prices start at $36.75. For more information, call (813) 301-2500 or visit tampabaytimesforum.com .

To learn more about Pink, visit her official website at www.pinkspage.com .

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