Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Tuesday, February 22.
(1) Tigers Spring Training 75th Anniversary
Detroit Tigers begin their week-long 75th anniversary celebration in Lakeland on Wednesday.
2011 marks the Tigers 75th season of Spring Training in Lakeland. The team has journeyed to Polk County every spring since 1934, with the exception of 1943-45 due to World War II.
In honor of the milestone, the Tigers and the City of Lakeland are holding a number of special celebrations over the next seven days.
The fun begins with the 65th annual Tigers BBQ at Joke Marchant Stadium tonight from 6:00 to 8:00. Hosted by the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce, attendees can meet Tigers players, coaches and staff.
The Tigers Diamond Gala takes place at the Lake Mirror Center on Wednesday from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. This formal event features appearances by Hall of Famers, members of the Tigers organization and world ranked billards player, Jeanette Lee. Proceeds benefit various charities in Lakeland.
The weeklong celebration cumulates on Sunday with the 75th Spring Training Opening Day when the Tigers take on the Toronto Blues Jays at 1:00 p.m. at Joker Marchant Stadium. The first 5,000 fans through the gates will receive a commemorative Tigers 75th anniversary pin.
For a complete list of anniversary events, click here .
(2) Tampa Mayoral Forum
The Tampa Latin Chamber is hosting a candidates forum for the City of Tampa mayoral race on Tuesday.
Attendees will get to meet each candidate and learn about their goals, interests and vision for Tampa's future.
The event is being held at the Doubletree Hotel on West Cypress Street. The cost to attend is $25 for TLC members and $30 for non-members and includes lunch.
Networking and registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with the forum starting at 12:00 p.m.
The election takes place on March 1, though Tampa residents can already cast ballots in early voting. If no candidate receives 50 percent of the vote, a run-off election between the top two vote getters will occur on March 22.
(3) Sinkhole insurance bill hearing
The Florida Senate Banking and Insurance Committee meets on Wednesday to discuss proposed legislation that involves sinkhole coverage.
At the 1:00 p.m. hearing today, state lawmakers will take public input on State Bill 408 which would allow insurance companies to opt out of providing sinkhole coverage.
Supporters of the bill say the system is ripe with fraud and abuse that has caused sinkhole claims to jump 400 percent in the Bay Area in the last four years.
The Insurance Information Institute's Lynn McChristian says the bill will seal a crack in the law that pressures insurers to pay out the entire policy no matter how minor the damage is from a sinkhole.
State Senator Mike Fasano, who is fighting to kill the bill, believes the bill will only hurt homeowners if it becomes law.
If you want your voice to be heard, contact the Senate President Mike Haridopolos at firstname.lastname@example.org or call his district office in Melbourne at (321) 752-3131.
For more information on the proposed bill, read Jackie Callaway's story by clicking here .
(4) Buju Banton trial deliberation
The federal trial against Buju Banton continues on Tuesday.
The 37-year-old Grammy-winning reggae star faces 15 years to life in prison if convicted of four drug and weapons charges.
Prosecutors say Banton arranged a deal to buy $135,000 in cocaine. Banton's attorneys claim he was entrapped by a confidential informant.
The jury deliberated for about seven hours on Friday without reaching a verdict. The court was closed on Monday for the President's Day holiday.
Banton won a Grammy Award for best reggae album one day before the trial began.
This is the second federal trial for Banton on these charges. The first one in 2010 ended with a hung jury.
(5) Live Action Oscar Shorts
Five days before the Tampa Theatre hosts its annual Oscar Night in America gala for the 2011 Academy Awards, you can catch the five nominated live action short films on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
The Confession tells the story of 9-year-old Sam who is worried about making his first confession at church.
In The Crush, an 8-year-old schoolboy is so in love with his teacher that he challenges her boyfriend to a duel to the death.
Lounge-singing darts champion Raymond Goodfellow finds his answers to his love-live problems in God of Love when he receives a mysterious package of passion-inducing darts.
Na Wewe exposes the 1994 civil war in the African country of Burundi by showing an attack by rebels on a minivan carrying ordinary citizens.
In Wish 143 a 15-year-old boy with just months to live is granted one wish from the Dreamscape Charity.
The Tampa Theatre will be showing the Oscar nominated animated short films on Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
For more information on the films or to purchase tickets, visit