5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Tuesday, January 8

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

(1) Citrus County Port Authority meeting

The Citrus County Port Authority will hold a public meeting on Tuesday in Inverness. Among the topics that will be discussed is the Port Citrus feasibility agreement with TranSystems.

In November, the Port Authority hired TransSystems to do a three-part study to investigate if the establishment of a port in Citrus County is economically viable. TransSystems would be paid $100,000 for the study.

County leaders are hoping the study will back the viability of operating a shallow-draft port at the never completed Cross Florida Barge Canal. The port would be located around 75 miles north of Tampa.

Today's meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. in Room 100 at the Citrus County Courthouse in Inverness.

For more information, visit portcitrus.com .

(2) Sheriff Grady Judd swearing in

Polk Count Sheriff Grady Judd will be sworn in for his third term in office on Tuesday.

Judd, who was first elected Sheriff in 2004, won the November election over write-in candidate Michael Lashman by a 96% to 4% margin.

Judd has worked for the Polk County Sheriff's Office his entire adult life. He joined as a dispatcher in 1972, became a deputy at 18 and reached the rank of colonel in 1999 before succeeding Sheriff Lawrence Crow Jr.

Judd will take the oath of office during a ceremony at the First Baptist Church At The Mall at 1010 East Memorial Boulevard in Lakeland. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m.

For more information on Sheriff Judd, visit www.polksheriff.org/Sheriff/Pages/SheriffBio.aspx .

(3) Bob Henriquez swearing in

Bob Henriquez will be sworn in as the Hillsborough County Property Appraiser on Tuesday.

Henriquez defeated former State Senator Rhonda Storms 52 to 43 percent in the November election.

''I'm excited about reinvigorating the office and rethinking many of the ways we do things there,'' Henriquez said. ''During the first six to eight months, I want to be particularly focused on a strategic plan for the office, which will include modernization of our web site, improving our information and technology and ensuring our customer service is second to none.''

Prior to his election as Property Appraiser, Henriquez served eight years as a representative in the state House. He also worked as a county planner and administrator for the Florida Department of Children and Families, where he oversaw approximately 300 employees.

Henriquez is also well known in the Bay Area as the former head football coach at Tampa Catholic High School.

He will take the oath of office during a 9:00 a.m. ceremony in Courtroom One of the George Edgecomb Courthouse in downtown Tampa.

For more information on the Hillsborough County Property Appraiser's office, visit www.hcpafl.org .

(4) Elephants reunited at Lowry Park Zoo

Lowry Park Zoo's newest addition will meet other elephants at the Zoo on Tuesday.

Today the unnamed 2-week-old female African elephant calf will be reunited with its herd today. The calf has already been navigating the outdoor savannah with her mother, Mbali, and her two aunts.

The calf can be seen following her mother, exploring the elephant enclosure, napping, nursing, and learning to use her ears and trunk.

The African elephant birth is only the second in the Zoo's history. The calf is also the first born in Tampa from a herd of 11 elephants rescued from culling in Swaziland and brought to the United States nearly a decade ago.

For more information about the Lowry Park Zoo, visit the park's website at www.lowryparkzoo.com .

(5) Target Tuesday

The Glazer Children's Museum and Target are giving one final day before school starts for families on Tuesday.

The museum is offering reduced admission prices from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. today.

Held during the first Tuesday of each month, Target Tuesdays offers $2 tickets to allow the museum to be accessible to all members of the Tampa Bay community.

Children must be accompanied by adults and adults must be accompanied by children.

The Glazer Children's Museum is located at 110 West Gasparilla Plaza next to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa.

For more information, call (813) 443-3861 or visit glazermuseum.org .

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