5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, March 13

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, March 13

(1) Watering restrictions

New watering restrictions go into effect in Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough Counties on Wednesday.

The Southwest Florida Water Management District's Governing Board enacted the tighter restrictions due to below normal rainfall, reduced river levels and increasing water supply concerns.

The restrictions apply to all residents and businesses, except those who water using reclaimed water.

The new schedule for watering established lawns and landscaping in Hillsborough County is:

  • Addresses ending in 0 or 1 - Mondays
  • Addresses ending in 2 or 3 - Tuesdays
  • Addresses ending in 4 or 5 - Wednesdays
  • Addresses ending in 6 or 7 - Thursdays
  • Addresses ending in 8 or 9, locations with no address, and locations with mixed addresses - Friday

Check with Pasco and Pinellas Counties for their watering schedule.

Residents may hand-water plants and shrubs or use a drip irrigation system in landscaping beds on any day but only before 8:00 a.m. or after 6:00 p.m.

Residents will be able to wash their vehicles only once a week on their designated watering day. Commercial car washes may still operate. Fundraising car washes are not allowed.

Pressure washing for necessary purposes such as before painting or for health and safety reasons is allowed as needed.

Decorative fountains may only operated for four hours a day.

Homeowners associations cannot require pressure washing, lawn replacement or other activities requiring additional water use.

The tighter restrictions are in place until at least July 31.

(2) Capital One Job Fair

Capital One is holding a job fair in Tampa on Wednesday.

The company is looking for full and part time Bilingual (Spanish and English) workers for their Work at Home department.

The company also has part time Work at Home openings for workers who only speak English.

The job fair is taking place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt in Tampa Bay located at 2900 Bayport Drive.

(3) Moffitt Day at the Capital

Over forty cancer research advocates from the Tampa Bay area will be in Tallahassee on Wednesday for Moffitt Day.

The statewide initiative attempts to raise awareness and make a case for increased government funding for cancer research.

The advocates will meet with legislators in the Florida State Capital.

To learn more about Moffitt Day, visit www.moffitt.org/takecharge/moffitt-day .

At noon, Cure on Wheels riders will complete a nearly 300-mile-long ride from Tampa to the step of the Capitol. The riders are also in Tallahassee to raise awareness for cancer research.

For more information on the Cure on Wheels program, visit www.cureonwheels.org .

(4) Tampa Bay Rowdies scrimmage

The Tampa Bay Rowdies continue their pre-season schedule on Wednesday against the Eckerd College men's soccer team.

The Eckerd College Tritons had one of their best seasons in school history in the fall of 2012. They made it to the Sunshine State Conference Championship game, finishing with a 4-3-1 league record.

"This is a great game for my guys to aspire to reach that level someday and to give them experience against older players," said Eckerd College Head Coach Steve Magee. "We have great respect for their organization after seeing them win another national championship and these are guys who have already been through the college ranks."

The Rowdies open the 2013 regular season at home at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg against the Carolina Railhawks on Saturday, April 6. Tampa Bay will attempt to defend their 2012 NASL Soccer Bowl championship.

Tonight's game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. at Eckerd College's Turley Athletic Complex.

You can watch the exhibition streamed live at EckerdTritons.com starting at 7:15 p.m.

(5) Tarpon Springs Public Safety Memorial dedication

The City of Tarpon Springs will dedicate a new Public Safety Memorial on Wednesday.

The memorial features a September 11th remembrance and a commemorative honoring Tarpon Springs public safety personnel lost in the line of duty.

The September 11th remembrance is a replica the World Trade Center Towers constructed around a piece of steel beam from the wreckage of the twin towers.

The piece of steel, acquired from the New York Port Authority, weighs about 140 pounds. The twin towers replica was constructed by retired Tarpon Springs Firefighter Billy Storms.

The granite memorial with the names of the four Tarpon Springs officers who lost their lives in the line of duty weighs over two tons.  Four Police Officers' names are inscribed on the memorial.

The public dedication ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. in front of the Tarpon Springs Public Safety Facility at 444 South Huey Avenue.

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