5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, March 12, 2014

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, March 12, 2014.

(1) Bradenton Police contract vote

The Bradenton City Council is scheduled to vote to approve a new contract for the Bradenton Police Department's Police Union on Wednesday.

Police union members, consisting of officers and sergeants, voted on March 4 to ratify a three-year contract. The deal would give union officers a pay raise while requiring them to contribute an additional 1.5% of their salary towards their pensions.

The new contract, if approved, would last until September 30, 2016.

The City Council is scheduled to vote on the contract at their regularly scheduled meeting today which begins at 8:30 a.m.

(2) Veterans Expressway ramp closure

Construction crews will close the Veterans Expressway Hutchison Road northbound off-ramp overnight on Wednesday and Thursday.

Workers are converting the toll plazas along the Expressway from Gunn Highway to Dale Mabry Highway to an all-electronic tolling collection system.

The Hutchinson southbound off-ramp will be closed overnight on March 16 and 17 through 20.

Detours will be put in place during all off-ramp closures. All road work project closures are dependent on weather conditions.

The $11.2 million project requires crews to construct a new gantry foundation, toll plaza equipment buildings, resurface and widen the roadway, and add new lighting and systems.

Conversion to the new all-electronic tolling is scheduled for completion by May.

(3) Coast-to-Coast Career Fair

People looking for a new job may want to check out the Coast-to-Coast Career Fair in Tampa on Wednesday.

Lockheed Martin, USAA and dozens of other companies looking to hire will be participating in the jobs fair.

Hundreds of openings will be available in engineering, sales, marketing, law enforcement, customer service, administrative, accounting, financial services, banking, retail, insurance and more.

A career expert will be onsite to provide free resume critiques.

The Career Fair runs from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Tampa Airport - Westshore at 4500 West Cypress Street in Tampa.

Admission and parking are free.

For more information, including a complete list of participating companies, you can pre-register at www.coasttocoastcareerfairs.com/job_fairs_by/city/FL/Tampa .

(4) Habitat for Humanity community build

PGA Tour players and their wives will participate in a Habitat for Humanity community build on Wednesday.

They will help paint a series of Habitat homes in Clearwater.

The players are in the Tampa Bay area for the Valspar Championship which is being hosted at the Innisbrook Country Club in Palm Harbor. Valspar is currently providing all the paint for all Habitat homes built in the United States.

Guests attending the tournament this week will have a chance to support Habitat for Humanity by participating in the "Valspar Putt for Habitat Challenge" in the Expo Tent.

Because of the participation of PGA Tour players, today's Habitat for Humanity community build is closed to the public for security reasons.

The Valspar Championship tournament begins on Thursday. For more information, visit www.valsparchampionship.com .

(5) Lightning players shave heads

Four Tampa Bay Lightning players and more than thirty Lightning staff members will shave their heads on Wednesday to raise funds for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

Today's event is part of the 5th annual Bright House Networks Cut for a Cure Charity Challenge. In all, more than all 200 men, women and children are going bald to raise funds and awareness for select nonprofit organizations.

"Last year's Cut for a Cure raised over $400,000 and we hope to exceed that number this year," said Nancy Crane, Pediatric Cancer Foundation executive director.

The Lightning head shavings will take place at 1:00 p.m. at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

To show support for a player or participant, you are encouraged to make a donation at www.pcfcutforacure.org or by calling (813) 269-0955. Fundraising will continue through May 2, 2014.

The Pediatric Cancer Foundation (PCF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to funding research to eliminate childhood cancer. It has its national headquarters in Tampa. To learn more about PCF, visit www.fastercure.org .

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