5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, July 30, 2014

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, July 30, 2014.

(1) Florida Hospital Centra Care grand opening

Florida Hospital opens its newest Centra Care location in South Tampa on Wednesday.

The facility is located at 301 N. Dale Mabry Highway. The location will be Florida Hospital Centra Care's 26th urgent care center.

It will be open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and weekends from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Florida Hospital is welcoming anyone interested in learning more about center to attend an open house today from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Officials will give facility tours and serve a light lunch. Attendees can also register for a chance to win tickets to a Tampa Bay Buccaneers game.

The ribbon cutting ceremony for Centra Care will occur at noon.

(2) Together to End Stroke F.A.S.T. Tour

The American Stroke Association (ASA) and Verizon are launching the Together to End Stroke F.A.S.T. Tour in Tampa on Wednesday.

Every 40 seconds someone in the United States has a stroke.

Even though 80 percent of strokes are preventable, one in three Americans can't recall any stroke warning signs. The campaign hopes to change that. It will help teach people how the acronym F.A.S.T. can help save lives by recognizing the warning signs of a stroke.

F.A.S.T. stands for:
Face drooping
Arm Weakness
Speech difficulty
Time to call 911

During the launch of the campaign at WestShore Plaza, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue will be offering free blood pressure screenings inside in front of Macy's.

You can get your free screening from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.

(3) U.S. 19 revitalization public workshop

Pasco County is hosting a public workshop on Wednesday night on its plan to revitalize the U.S. 19 corridor.

The county was one of 18 communities across the country to receive a smart growth technical assistance grant from Smart Growth America. The grant is focused on helping create solutions that support local business and improve local economies.

During the workshop, members of the public can learn about the revitalization plan, ask questions and give feedback on it to public officials.

The public workshop begins at 6:30 p.m. at the SMARTstart Incubator at 6345 Grand Boulevard in New Port Richey.

For more information, visit www.pascocountyfl.net/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=685 .

(4) Hillsborough Citizen Corps Council Board meeting

The Hillsborough County Citizen Corps Council Board will hold a public meeting on Wednesday.

The Board is seeking help from any county resident who wishes to volunteer to help first responders during local disasters.

The Citizen Corps is FEMA's grassroots effort to bring together government and community leaders to get ordinary people involved in emergency preparedness in their cities and towns.

Today's Board Meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. in the Emergency Operations Center at 2711 E. Hanna Avenue. The membership portion of the meeting starts at 2:00 p.m.

To learn more, call (813) 276-8245, e-mail admin@volunteerhillsborough.org or visit www.citizencorps.fema.gov/cc/showCouncil.do?id=58968 .

(5) Alfred A. McKethan Park beach restoration

The Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department will continue a beach restoration project on Wednesday for Alfred A. McKethan Park in Spring Hill.

Parks Supervisor Roy Link says three more semi-trucks will dump about 75 tons of sand on the beach beginning around 7:00 a.m. By the end of this week approximately 350 tons of new sand will be in McKethan Park.

Crews will work for most of the day to spread the sand over the beach. The beach will not be closed while workers are smoothing out the new sand.

Due to storms, Hernando County needs to restore the manmade beach on Pine Island every year.

After finishing with McKethan Park, the county is scheduled to restore the beach at Roger's Park next.

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