TAMPA BAY, Fla. - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Tuesday, January 31.
(1) Florida Presidential Preference Primary
Tuesday is election day in Florida. Polls in the Bay Area are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Because Florida is a "closed primary" state, only registered Republicans are allowed to vote in today's Republican Presidential Preference Primary.
There are municipal elections in Clearwater, Kenneth City, Safety Harbor, Tarpon Springs and St. Pete Beach and a referendum in Temple Terrace. Any registered voter living in those communities may vote in today's election.
State law requires voters vote in the precinct in which they reside in. If you have moved, you are required to vote in your new home precinct.
Some polling places may have changed. Voters are encourages to confirm their polling places by visiting their county Supervisor of Elections office.
Voters are asked to bring a photo and signature identification with you to the polls to avoid delays and extra paperwork. Anyone without valid and current photo and signature ID can vote a provisional ballot.
The canvassing board will later determine the validity of any provisional ballots. Valid provisional ballots will be included in official election results.
Voters using a Vote By Mail/Absentee Ballot must return their ballot to their county Supervisor of Elections office. Mail ballots can not be accepted at local polling locations.
For more information on voting in Florida, visit the Division of Elections at election.dos.state.fl.us .
(2) Pinellas Bayway Bridge open house
The Florida Department of Transportation is holding an open house for the Pinellas Bayway Bridge Replacement project on Tuesday.
The bridge is located along the Pinellas Bayway (SR 682) between Gulf Boulevard (SR 699) and west of Sun Boulevard (SR 679).
The project includes replacing the existing two lane bascule bridge with a four lane fixed high-level bridge.
Project information and display boards will be available at the open house, while FDOT staff will be on-hand to answer questions. There is no formal presentation, so anyone with questions can drop in at their convenience.
The open house is being held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove at 6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane South in St. Petersburg.
(3) Space shuttles moving
Two space shuttles will be on the move at the Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday.
Shuttle Endeavour will move from the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) to its processing hanger, Orbiter Processing Facility-2 (OPF-2).
In the OPF-2, Endeavour will be prepared for public display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles later this year.
Following Endeavour's move, shuttle Atlantis will be moved from the VAB transfer aisle and take Endeavour's place in the building's high bay 4.
Atlantis will remain temporarily stored in the VAB.
Endeavour is scheduled to begin moving around 8:00 a.m.
Highlights of the move will air on NASA Television's Video File which can be accessed at www.nasa.gov/ntv .
(4) Buccaneers "Road to Success" program
Tuesday is the deadline to apply for the Buccaneers 3rd annual "Road to Success" program.
The program is part of the team's community initiative to provide one person in need with the keys to a 2012 Ford Focus.
If you have a friend, coworker, or family member who would truly benefit from a new vehicle, the Buccaneers want to know.
All applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. today.
Only complete applications will be considered and only one entry per person is allowed. Nominees must be at least 18-years-old at the time of nomination.
Following an initial screening process of all nominations, a panel will select finalists for in-person interviews to determine the car recipient.
Last year, Christina Salantino, a single mother of three who balanced two jobs with no transportation, was the recipient of a brand new car.
For more information or to apply for the "Road to Success" program, visit web2.buccaneers.com/community/road-to-success/ .
(5) Les Misérables
A new 25th anniversary production of Boublil & Schönberg's legendary musical, Les Misérables, comes to Tampa on Tuesday.
Based on Victor Hugo's classic novel, the legendary musical tells an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit.
The anniversary production features re-imagined staging, quicker pace and an impeccable cast.
Les Misérables includes the classic songs I Dreamed a Dream, On My Own, Stars, Bring Him Home, Do You Hear the People Sing?, One Day More, Empty Chairs at Empty Tables, Master of the House and many more.
The musical plays in Carol Morsani Hall at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts through February 12. Show times are daily at 7:30 Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays; 8:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays; with 2:00 p.m. matinee showings on Saturdays and Sundays.
Tickets prices start at $55. There are $35 balcony tickets
available for select performances.
There is special Broadway Family Night offer for the February 1 performance. Purchase one full-price adult ticket and get one free child's ticket (age 12 and under). This offer is available only at the box office. There will be a special post-show talk-back following the February 1 show.
For more information, call (813) 229-7827 or visit www.strazcenter.org .