5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, December 4

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, December 4.

(1) Mayor-Elect Rick Kriseman at Harvard University

St. Petersburg Mayor-Elect Rick Kriseman will be in Cambridge, Massachusetts beginning on Wednesday.

Kriseman is joining over twenty other incoming mayors from across the country for a three-day seminar at Harvard University's Institute of Politics.

The seminar will help the mayor-elects prepare for policy and leadership issues they will face upon taking office.

"Our seminar focuses on providing a critical opportunity for new city leaders to engage with and learn from top academics, policy experts and political practitioners on the urgent issues and complex challenges of governing today," said Trey Grayson, Institute of Politics Director.

"This specially targeted seminar at the Institute of Politics will offer me the best tools and strategies to maximize my service to the great people of St. Petersburg," said Mayor-Elect Kriseman.

(2) Florida Polytechnic University first building opens

Florida Polytechnic University will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday for the first building to open on its new Lakeland campus.

The Admissions Center will give prospective students and their families an opportunity to preview the campus which is still under construction.

Florida Polytechnic University is the newest member of the State University System of Florida. It is dedicated to applied research and learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The university's inaugural class of freshmen, transfer and graduate students begin classes on the new campus in the fall 2014.

For more information about Florida Polytechnic University, visit floridapolytechnic.org.

(3) ABC Charters adds Cuba destination

ABC Charters will begin flying to a third city in Cuba from Tampa International Airport (TIA) on Wednesday.

The charter airline company in cooperation with American Airlines already serves airports in Holguin and Havana. The new service to Santa Clara will be offered via JetBlue.

The additional destination makes TIA the only airport besides Miami to offer direct service to three Cuban cities.

More than 85,000 passengers have flown on charter flights to Cuba since TIA launched the service in September 2011.

For more information on regulations on flying to Cuba or to book a flight, visit ABC Charters' website at www.abc-charters.com.

(4) Food Truck Fiesta

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn's Food Truck Fiesta returns for to downtown Tampa on Wednesday.

Two new food trucks, Cajun in a Truck and Holy Hog BBQ, join the Fiesta this month.

Returning trucks include American Wiener, Nico's Arepas, Rollin' Zoinks, Dochos, Maggie on the Move, Michelle Faedo and Enjoi Sweets.

The Food Truck Fiesta takes place from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Lykes Gaslight Square Park on Franklin Street between Madison Street and Kennedy Boulevard.

For additional information, visit www.tampagov.net/foodtruck.

(5) Tampa Bay Downs begins live racing

Live Thoroughbred racing returns to Tampa Bay Downs on Wednesday with a nine-race card.

Tampa Bay Downs, located in Oldsmar, is the only Thoroughbred race track on the West Coast of Florida. The track first opened its doors under the name of Tampa Downs in 1926.

Anyone attending today's races will receive a pass good for free grandstand admission throughout December. Post time for the first race is 12:30 p.m.

Today's "Opening Day" card includes two races on the turf course. The featured eighth race has drawn a field of eight colts and geldings, of which five are stakes winners.

For more information about Tampa Bay Downs, visit the track's website at www.tampabaydowns.com.

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