5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, April 1

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, April 1.

(1) Food drive for Metropolitan Ministries

Firth Third Bank will kick off its Fifth Third Feeding Families campaign on Monday.

The month-long campaign aims to collect enough non-perishable food items to feed 5,300 families in Tampa Bay.

This is the fourth consecutive year Fifth Third is partnering with Metropolitan Ministries for third food drive.

The kick off event will occur at the Fifth Third Bank at 201 East Kennedy Boulevard in downtown Tampa at 9:30 a.m.

To learn how you can help Metropolitan Ministries, visit www.metromin.org.

(2) Tropicana Field new menu items unveiled

Centerplate will unveil the new menu items for the 2013 Tampa Bay Rays season on Monday.

Among the new concession items are fried dough with fruit toppings, beignets, hand-carved turkey sandwiches.

Centerplate also is opening up an all-natural food stand in Centerfield Street featuring all-natural hot dogs and chicken fingers and Blue Diamond flavored almonds.

The Rays begin their 2013 season against the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 3:10 p.m.

For more information, visit raysbaseball.com.

(3) Lake Vista Recreation Center renovation forum

The City of St. Petersburg is hosting a public forum on Monday to gather input on proposed renovations to be made at the Lake Vista Recreation Center.

The plans call for a 4,000 square feet addition for new program space, a kitchen area, a new sprinkler system, new windows and upgrades to the building's interiors.

The project is being paid for by Penny for Pinellas funds. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2013.

The public forum starts at 7:00 p.m. at the Lake Vista Recreation Center at 1401 62nd Avenue Street in St. Petersburg.

(4) Fishing seasons open

On Monday, several species of fish will be back on the fish recreational fishermen will be allowed to catch in state water.

In the Atlantic Ocean, anglers will be allowed to catch vermilion snapper that are 12 inches total length or longer. Fishermen will be allowed to catch up to five fish per day through October 31.

Red, black, yellowfin, yellowmouth, rock hind, red hind and scamp grouper will be allowed to be caught in the Gulf of Mexico through January 31.

State waters in the Atlantic Ocean are from shore to three nautical miles out, while in the Gulf they are from shore to nine miles out.

Harvesting in Monroe County waters are currently closed to harvest through April 30.

Gulf of Mexico gag grouper will open to harvest April 1 in state waters in Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties. Gag grouper will be open to recreational harvest in the rest of Gulf state waters (not including Monroe, Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor) from July 1 through December 3.

For more information on fishing in Florida, visit myfwc.com/fishing/.

(5) Free pizza for the foolish

Papa Murphy's pizza shops are giving away free pizzas on Monday.

The first 200 people who show up and act like a fool at the locations in Brandon, New Port Richey and Tampa will receive one free take 'n bake pizza.

Papa Murphy's stores are located at:

  • Brandon - 859 Lithia Pinecrest Road - (813) 689-8090
  • Tampa - 5383 Ehrlich Road - (813) 960-3010
  • New Port Richey - 8402 Little Road - (727) 815-1400

The stores all open up at 11:00 a.m. For more information, visit www.papamurphys.com.

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