5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, May 1

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, May 1.

(1) Skin Cancer Awareness Campaign begins

ABC Action News begins our Skin Cancer Awareness Campaign on Wednesday.

We are taking action for our viewers by bring awareness to the issue of skin cancer both on-air and online.

Brendan McLaughlin begins our special reports on our 5:00 p.m. newscast. He will talk about his own skin cancer diagnosis and the changes he's made ever since.

The campaign will lead up to our special Melanoma Monday event on May 6. During our noon newscast we will have a live phone bank staffed with skin cancer experts.

Shay Ryan will be at Morton Plant Mease Hospital in Clearwater. The hospital is offering free skin cancer screenings on Monday as part of their 17th annual Melanoma Monday event.

For more information and additional free skin cancer screening locations, visit abcactionnews.com/skincancer.

(2) Citrus Park Crossing groundbreaking

After a five-year delay, a groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Wednesday for Citrus Park Crossing.

The three-story, 80,000-square-foot office building is being built near Gunn Highway and the Veterans Expressway.

Construction on the building was originally scheduled to begin in 2008, but the recession pushed those plans back for years.

A financial services company has already pre-leased 60 percent of the building. Officials say the Citrus Park Crossing is aimed at suburban residents who don't want to travel into downtown Tampa or the Westshore district.

The building is scheduled to open by the end of 2013.

(3) Teachers free admission to MOSI

May is Teacher Appreciation Month. Starting Wednesday and continuing all month, Florida teachers can receive free admission to the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI).

A special exhibition, Sea Monsters Revealed, is currently on display at MOSI. The exhibit features the world's largest plastinated sea creatures.

Sea Monsters Revealed uses the revolutionary polymer preservation technique to allow people an up-close and personal look at real sea animals.

You can not only see the outside, but also the inside of some of the most elusive aquatic life ever discovered, including a 6-foot-wide manta ray, a 15-foot-long mako shark, a giant squid, and an 18-foot-long, 3,000 pound whale shark.

To receive a free admission, teaches will need a valid Florida school ID. While supplies last, teachers will receive a swag bag filled with goodies and coupons.

For more information, visit www.mosi.org.

(4) Willie Nelson in concert

Willie Nelson returns to the Bay Area on Wednesday night.

The 80-year-old country music legend is best known for songs Always On My Mind, On the Road Again, and Georgia On My Mind.

Nelson's career began in 1956 when he wrote the song Lumberjack. He signed his first publishing contract in 1960 and reached the pinnacle of the music world in 1975 with his first number one album, Red Headed Stranger.

Nelson, who celebrated his 80th birthday on Tuesday, appears tonight at 8:00 p.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. A very limited number of tickets are still available. Prices begin at $48.50.

For more information, call (727) 791-7400 or visit rutheckerdhall.com.

(5) Food Truck Fiesta

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

One new food truck, Smoothin Shaken, joins the Fiesta this month.

Returning trucks include American Weiner, Burger Culture, Maggie on the Move, Michelle Faedo, Hogfather, Oki Doki and Killer Samich

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.

This month the Fiesta will also showcase a new HART MetroRapid bus.

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

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