5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, May 8

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, May 8.

(1) Channelside Bay Plaza revitalization plan

The Channel District Community Redevelopment Area Advisory Committee is hosting a neighborhood meeting on Wednesday with Liberty Group President Punit R. Shah.

Shaw is expected to discuss his company's plans for acquiring and revitalizing Channelside Bay Plaza.

Last month Shah announced Liberty has a contract to purchase Channelside in an all-cash deal. He told the Tampa Bay Business Journal his company wants to transform the venue into a mixed-use center that has office, retail and hotel space.

Because the Port of Tampa owns the land underneath Channelside, it must approve any sale.

The meeting is taking place at The Florida Aquarium at 5:30 p.m.

(2) Enterprise Road intersection closure

The Florida Department of Transportation will close Enterprise Road to cross traffic at the intersection with US 19 on Wednesday evening.

Work crews will remove the traffic signal at US 19 & Enterprise and install a concrete barrier in the median of US 19.

Motorists will no longer be permitted to make left turns from Enterprise Road onto US 19 or cross over US 19 at Enterprise.

Westbound Enterprise traffic wanting to go south on US 19 will be forced to turn right onto US19 north. Drivers will then be able to make a U-turn under US 19 at Countryside Boulevard to rejoin southbound US 19.


For more information on construction on US 19 in Pinellas County, visit myus19.com/html/pinellas/pinellas.html.

(3) Governor's Hurricane Conference

The highlight of week-long Governor's Hurricane Conference occurs on Wednesday with the General Session.

Speakers at the 27th annual conference today include Florida Governor Rick Scott, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, National Hurricane Center Director Dr. Rick Knabb, American Red Cross Senior Vice President Richard Reed and Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Bryan Koon.

Today's General Session will be streamed live beginning at 1:30 p.m. at  flghc.org/GeneralSessionVideo.html.

The theme of this year's conference is "Moving Forward in Changing Times." It will highlight the unique challenges the storms of 2012 presented to emergency managers, responders and communities.

The conference runs through Friday at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale.

(4) Ireland Nugent fundraiser

A fundraiser will be held for Ireland Nugent in Clearwater on Wednesday evening.

Nugent was severely injured on April 10 when her father accident drove a lawnmower over her. Doctors were forced to amputate the 2-year-old's legs below the knees. She finally was able to go home on Saturday after spending more than three weeks in the hospital.

The fundraiser is taking place from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Chick-Fil-A restaurant at 2516 Gulf to Bay Boulevard. 15% of sales will be donated to the family to help pay for Ireland's recovery.

There will also be a Spinning Wheel game customers can play. You will be able to spin the wheel for a $1 donation to win prizes like a coupon for free Chick-Fil-A food or a mini plush cow. 100% of the funds from the Spinning Wheel will be donated to the family.

You can also donate to the Ireland Nugent Fund by mailing a check to the Trinity Presbyterian Foundation, noting "Ireland Nugent" in the memo field. The address is: Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2001 Rainbow Drive, Clearwater, FL 33765.

(5) WaWa grand opening

The newest WaWa convenience store/gas station officially opens at 401 North Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa on Wednesday.

The store opens to the public at 8:00 a.m. A special grand opening celebration occurs at the store at 10:00 a.m.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and members of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay will be on hand for a ribbon cutting ceremony. During the grand opening festivities WaWa will present Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay will a check for $10,000.

Members of the Tampa Police and Fire Departments will also compete in a charitable hoagie building competition.

Police officers are raising money for Project R.I.C.H. House. Firefighters are raising funds to establish firefighter memorials and programs benefiting the Tampa Bay area.

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