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5 Things You Need to Know Today: Jan. 4

Each weekday, we will give you a brief rundown of need-to-know information and events for the day in St. Petersburg.

1. When the cold weather goes away this weekend and you are thinking about going to the beach, it could cost you more. At . The new fee went into effect Tuesday, Jan. 3. Bikers, campers and people walking to the park are exempt from the fee. 

2. Want to help Pinellas County Schools win $100,000? A Palm Harbor Home is a finalist for Patch's Holiday Home Contest. Here's how you can help us win $100,000 for Pinellas County Schools: Click on this link and vote ONCE A DAY through Jan. 8. 

3.  presents tea dances on the first and third Wednesdays of each month from October through July. From 11:30am to 12:30pm, learn the dance from professional instructor Carol Baker. Then dance to taped music from 12:30pm to 1pm, or live music by various bands from 1to 3:30pm.

4. A early Tuesday morning after a confrontation at a Clearwater Motel. According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, deputies discovered 35-year-old Kim Reed of St. Petersburg in Room 231, with a single gunshot wound to his right side. He was transported to a local hospital, where he underwent surgery.

5. Did you catch the ? If so, please send us your pictures to William.Mansell@patch.com and we'll post them to Patch. According to NASA, observers last night could have expected the Quadrantid meteor shower to produce as many as 100 shooting stars each hour. 


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