5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, March 7

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, March 7.

(1) St. Petersburg red light camera request

The St. Petersburg City Council is scheduled to make a request regarding red light cameras on Thursday.

Two weeks ago Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court Ken Burke sent letters to six Pinellas County cities saying the Florida state law authorizing the use of red light cameras is unfair for citizens.

Burke claims the ways the red light citations are issued and how fines are levied have been poorly implemented. He wants changes to occur before communities resume issuing red light citations.

St. Petersburg Council member Wengay Newton is requesting a report be made to the Council regarding red light camera and the letter the City received from Burke.

The St. Petersburg City Council meeting begins at 8:30 a.m.

(2) Fletcher Avenue widening project public hearing

Hillsborough County will hold a public hearing on Thursday to discuss a widening project for Fletcher Avenue.

The improvements to Fletcher would occur between Bruce B. Downs Boulevard and Interstate 75. Fletcher Avenue would be widened from four to six lanes.

An open house will be held from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. to allow the public an opportunity ot review the hearing materials. County representatives will be on hand to available to answer questions and discuss the project.

At 6:00 p.m., County staff will give a short presentation on the project and take verbal and written comments from the public.

The hearing is taking place at the Hilton Garden Inn Tampa North at 13305 Tampa Oaks Boulevard in Temple Terrace.

(3) 7th annual National Leadership Forum

The 7th annual National Leadership Forum will open at Southeastern University in Lakeland on Thursday.

The two-day forum is geared towards leaders in the business, professional and church communities. Every year it brings nine of America's most renowned leaders to Lakeland to inspire and motivate excellence in leadership.

This year's speakers are: commercial production company TWC Films co-founder Phil Cooke, best-selling author Jon Gordon, business strategist trainer AmyK Hutchens, Christian success coach Dave Martin, leadership coach John Maxwell, pastors John & Nancy Ortberg, former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, Sanborn & Associates president Mark Sanborn and Orlando Magic co-founder Pat Williams.

General admission tickets for the Forum start at $450.

For more information, visit www.seuleadershipforum.com.

(4) Suncoast Workforce new satellite office

Suncoast Workforce will open its new satellite at the main Sarasota County Technical Institute (SCTI) on Thursday.

Suncoast Workforce is a non-profit corporation that connects employers and career seekers in the Manatee and Sarasota Counties.

Services that will be offered at the new location will include cover letter and resume writing assistance, skills assessment, computer tutorials, and one-on-one assistance from certified workforce-development professionals.

The new office is located at 4748 Beneva Road in Sarasota. Hours of the satellite office are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For more information, visit www.suncoastworkforce.org.

(5) Rock the Park

The monthly free music series Rock the Park returns to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa on Thursday.

This month's line-up features the rock n' roll sounds of Cope, who are playing their last show with longtime drummer Dave Gerulat; hip hop group The Rukus; and funk-hop R&B group Touch the Sky.

The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. There will be vendors in the park selling food and drinks.

For more information, visit www.rocktheparktampa.com.

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