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5 things to know in Florida for March 14

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Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

REP. FASANO TO BE FETED FOR OPEN GOVERNMENT WORK

State Rep. Mike Fasano is being honored for improving transparency in government at the First Amendment Foundation's annual Sunshine Week luncheon. The award is given each year to an individual who has made significant contributions to furthering open government in the Sunshine State.

THE VILLAGES LEADS GROWTH IN FLORIDA

New U.S. Census estimates show that the retirement mecca of The Villages was the fourth fastest-growing community in the United States during the past two years and the fastest-growing one in Florida. According to Census estimates made public Thursday, The Villages, located northwest of Orlando, has grown by almost 8 percent since 2010 and had more than 101,600 residents.

BIKE TRAILS MAY ONE DAY LINK MIAMI WITH NAPLES

Biking and walking trails may one day link the national parks, nature preserves and camp grounds that stretch from Miami to Everglades City and Naples. The National Park Service has selected Miami-Dade County parks officials to develop a master plan for the proposed Everglades greenway.

PUBLIC CAN REVIEW STATE'S PLANS FOR FLORIDA SPECIES

Wildlife officials are asking the public to review the state's conservation plans for imperiled beach-nesting birds. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials have posted a draft action plan for eight species, including the snowy plover, the American oystercatcher and the black skimmer.

ARGENTINES IN MIAMI CHEER SELECTION OF NEW POPE

Argentines in Miami are celebrating the selection of Pope Francis from Buenos Aires. At the Buenos Aires Bakery & Cafe in Miami Beach, Argentines drinking their afternoon coffee on Wednesday broke into cheers and applause as the new pope was announced.

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