5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, March 25

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, March 25.

(1) Fallen Hero Escort

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office will conduct a Fallen Hero Escort for Army Spc. Zachary L. Shannon on Monday.

The Dunedin native died on March 11 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division at Hunter Army Airfield in Georgia.

Spc. Shannon's remains are scheduled to arrive at MacDill Air Force Base at 10:30 a.m. The escort is expected to being 45 minutes later from the MacDill Bayshore Gate.

The escort will go north on Bayshore Boulevard, east on Platt Street, north on Florida Avenue, east on Jackson Street, north on Jefferson Street, west on East Polk Street, north on Ashley Street to Interstate 275.

From there the escort will go across the Courtney Campbell Causeway, north on McMullen Booth Road, west on 580, north on Pinehurst Road, east on Michigan Boulevard, north on CR-1, east on Curlew Road before ending at Curlew Hills Memory Gardens at 1750 Curlew Road in Palm Harbor.

(2) Coyotes in Florida seminar

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Sarasota County will host a  "Coyotes in Florida" free informational seminar on Monday.

FWC experts will talk about strategies homeowners can use to coexist with the species, and answer questions about coyote behavioral patterns.

Contact between people and coyotes are rare since the animals are instinctively afraid of humans. However, coyotes are highly adaptable animals and over time begin to lose their fear, resulting in possible dangerous encounters.

Residents who witness aggressive coyote behavior should call the FWC wildlife hotline at (888) 404-3922.

The seminar will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Sarasota County Operations Center at 1001 Sarasota Center Boulevard in Sarasota.

(3) Flying Pan restaurant opens

The first Flying Pan Café and Crêpes restaurant in America opens in Tampa on Monday.

The Flying Pan will serve made-to-order crepes, sandwiches and salads.

The store will be the first U.S. location for the ownership group, which founded the Crêpe Café chain in Australia in 2001.

BFC Retail Group has about 30 Crêpe Café restaurants in 12 countries. Their Flying Pan is a new concept with a single location in Brazil.

There is a good reason the Bay Area was chosen as the Flying Pan's first American location.

"They picked the Tampa market because the demographic is well-rounded," said spokeswoman Misann Ellmaker. "This would be a perfect testing ground to see how the concept worked with all of Tampa's different demographics."

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/FlyingPanTampa.

(4) Pinellas Bayway Bridge traffic shift

The Florida Department of Transportation will shift eastbound traffic to the new span of the Pinellas Bayway Bridge on Monday.

The traffic switch will take place between 7:00 p.m. and midnight. Motorists should expect major delays during this time.

The inside eastbound toll lane will be closed for approximately three weeks while roadway work is completed for the anticipated traffic shift for westbound traffic a few weeks later.

Once both eastbound and westbound traffic have been switched to the new span, the old bridge will be demolished and then the other new span will be constructed. The entire bridge replacement project will be complete by late Summer 2014.

(5) Citrus County Fair

The Citrus County Fair opens in Inverness on Monday.

The fair will feature midway rides and games, alligator shows, pony rides, model railroad displays, livestock judging and auctions, dance performances and favorite fair foods.

The fair is open through Saturday, March 30. Fair hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thurday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Wednesday and Friday from 1:00 to 10:00 p.m., and on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Admission prices are $7 for adults and $3 for children ages 5 to 10. Ages 4 & under are admitted for free. Parking is free.

Tuesday is "Two Buck Tuesday." All admission prices are just $2. Students can receive free admission on "School Day" on Friday.

For more information, call (352) 726-2993 or visit www.citruscountryfair.com.

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