5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, February 14

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, February 14.

(1) Florida Congressional delegation meeting

The Co-Chairmen of the Florida delegation, Congressmen Vern Buchanan and Alcee L. Hastings will hold their first delegation meeting of the 113th Congress on Thursday.

The meeting will address the future of Florida's 15 ports. The ports support 550,000 jobs and generate $66 billion in annual economic activity to the state.

Port Directors from the Port of Tampa, Port Everglades, Port of Miami, Port Canaveral, Port Manatee and Port of Jacksonville will meet with Florida Congressional members to address critical issues that affect Florida, including jobs and port security.

The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C.

(2) International Window Cleaning Contest

The International Window Cleaning Association (IWCA) will hold its International Window Cleaning Contest at the TradeWinds Resort in St. Pete Beach on Thursday.

The IWCA is holding its Annual Convention and Trade Show at the resort this week. More than 400 window cleaners from around the world are attending the show.

There are two window cleaning contests, speed and medley. The key to winning both contests is cleaning the windows as quickly as possible with the fewest mistakes.

The speed contest consists of cleaning three windows of the same size and the medley consists of cleaning nine windows of varying sizes and heights.

The contest takes place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

(3) Allegiant Air adds new destinations

Discount airline company Allegiant Air is adding new destinations on Thursday.

Beginning today, travelers can fly between the Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) and Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD) in Rockford, Illinois.

Allegiant will utilize an MD-80 aircraft. The semi-weekly PGD-RFD flights will be on Thursdays and Sundays.

Allegiant will add service between PGD and Toledo Express Airport (TOL) in Swanton, Ohio, beginning on February 16.

Flights Between Punta Gorda and Plattsburgh International Airport (PBG) in Plattsburg, New York, start on February 23.

For more information, visit www.allegiantair.com.

(4) Valentine's Day naturalization ceremony

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will administer a special Valentine's Day Oath of Allegiance to 58 candidates in Tampa on Thursday.

The 28 couples plus two family members will become America's newest citizens.

It is the first time the Tampa USCIS office is holding a ceremony for Valentine's Day.

Among those naturalizing are a couple who celebrates their 47th wedding anniversary the day prior; a young couple who has been married for a year; another who works together at a local restaurant; and one couple from Nepal whose husband is a Harvard MBA.

The 58 citizenship candidates originate from: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Guatemala, India, Lithuania, Morocco, Nepal, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United Kingdom.

The ceremony will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Tampa USCIS office at 5629 Hoover Boulevard.

(5) Valentine's Day

February 14 is Saint Valentine's Day.

Tuesday is the annual commemoration celebrating love and affection between an intimate couple. Traditionally lovers express their love for each other through flowers, chocolate, and greeting cards known as valentines.

The day is named after one of more early Christian martyrs and was established by Pope Gelsaius I in 496 AD.

Because the exact details of what Saint Valentine did, and whether the day actually celebrates the actions of more than one saint, Pope Paul VI deleted the day from the Roman Calendar of Saints in 1969.

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