5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, February 28

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, February 28.

(1) Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf funeral

The funeral for General Norman Schwarzkopf is taking place at the United States Military Academy at West Point in New York on Thursday. He was a 1956 graduate of the academy.

Gen. Schwarzkopf died at the age of 78 in Tampa on December 27.

He made the Bay Area his home after retiring from the military and was active in raising money for a number of local charities.

Schwarzkopf is best known for commanding the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein's forces out of Kuwait in 1991 during "Operation Desert Storm."

(2) USF parking permits price discussion

The University of South Florida Board of Trustees Finance and Audit Workgroup is scheduled to discuss raising parking permit prices at their meeting on Thursday.

The proposal would see prices rise by 5% for all students for the 2013-14 school year.

Staff members who earn more than $25,000 a year would also see permit prices increase by 5% next year. Staff earning less than that amount would only see a rise of 2%.

USF officials say the additional revenues generated would be used to build a new parking garage currently scheduled to be built near the Sun Dome.

Today's meeting begins at 10:30 a.m. in Room 3707 of the Marshall Student Center.

(3) Domestic violence awareness skating party

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office is hosting a skating party on Thursday to raise money for two domestic violence shelters.

The party is taking place from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at SpinNations Skating Center at 8345 Congress Street in Port Richey.

Tickets are $8 per person and include 4-wheel skates (in-line skates are extra). You can purchase tickets at SpinNations or visit www.pascosheriff.com for other ticket locations.

(4) Music on the Bay

The four-day Music on the Bay trop-rock festival begins on Thursday at Whiskey Joe's Barefoot Beach in Tampa.

Six Parrot Heads Clubs are hosting the festival which benefits Shriners Hospitals for Children Tampa.

Over 20 musicians and bands that will take to the outdoor beach stage at Whiskey Joe's Barefoot Beach, located on the Courtney Campbell Causeway.

John Frinzi and James "Sunny Jim" White will kick off the festival tonight beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Tonight's admission price is $10 for anyone not registered for the full event. Tickets for the 4-day festival are $70 per person.

To register or obtain more information, visit www.musiconthebay.org.

(5) DinoQuest2

Lowry Park Zoo pass holders can get a special sneak peak at the new DinoQuest2 exhibition on Thursday.

Over 20 life-sized dinosaur replicas will come to life using realistic movements and natural sounds in a lakeside forest setting.

"Guests will be immersed in a diverse group of animals that were the dominant vertebrates on our planet for over 160 million years," said Craig Pugh, executive director and CEO. "We hope to engage and educate our visitors about the diversity of life on Earth."

More than half of the animatronic creatures are new to the DinoQuest2 exhibition, along with some dinosaurs from original DinoQuest exhibition that was at the zoo in 2011.

The new replicas include the gargantuan Giganotosaurus, one of the largest and most powerful predators, and the well-known Stegosaurus, a long lizard-like herbivore.

DinoQuest daytime admission has a special attraction fee of $4 per person (ages 3 & up), in addition to regular Zoo admission price.

The exhibit will be at Lowry Park Zoo through May 28.

For more information, call (813) 935-8552 or visit www.lowryparkzoo.com.

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