5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, April 23, 2014

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

(1) Robert Hendrix execution

The State of Florida will execute its fifth convicted murderer on Wednesday, pending a last minute stay.

Robert Hendrix is set to die by lethal injection at 6:00 p.m. at Florida State Prison near Starke.

Hendrix was convicted of killing a Lake County husband and wife in 1990. Prosecutors say he killed Elmer Byrant Scott Jr. and his 18-year-old wife Michelle to prevent Elmer from testifying against him in a burglary case.

Detectives say Hendrix shot both his victims in the head. He then pistol-whipped Elmer in the head so hard it broke his gun. Hendrix then used a knife to slit Elmer's throat and stabbed Michelle 31 times.

Hendrix left the couple's 5-month-old baby unharmed in her crib. Rachel Scott, now, 24, plans to watch the execution in person.

(2) Kingfish boat ramp closures

Manatee County officials will close sections of the Kingfish boat ramp for repairs beginning on Wednesday.

Parts of the ramp will be closed for the next six weeks so crews can replace the understructure and decking of the docks. Ths eastern dock section recently suffered damage, possibly by an impact from a large vessel or barge.

"Boaters and fishermen will have access to the park throughout the repairs," said Alan Lai Hipp, Environmental Program Manager with Manatee Parks and Natural Resources. "We ask that boaters remember that the ramp will be operating at a reduced capacity and that they should exercise caution when launching or landing their vessels."

The repair work is intended to keep the docks functional until a major renovation project begins in the fall of 2015.

(3) IIFA Stomp

The opening event for the 15th annual International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend in Tampa will occur on Wednesday night in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.

The IIFA Stomp party will allow you to experience Indian cuisine, Bollywood music and dance, and Indian handicrafts. The event will have specialty food stalls serving both Indian and international cuisines.

There will be special performances by Indian and local DJ's including DJ Clement, DJ Aman Nagpal and DJ Ravi Drums.

Percussionist DJ Ravi Drums produced the official track for IIFA titled 'Do Da Tampa.'

IIFA Stomp is free and open to the public. The party begins at 7:00 p.m. Parking is available in the Poe Garage or Royal Regional Lot for $4, or the Fort Brooke Garage for $1.60 an hour.

(4) IIFA traffic congestion

Traffic in downtown Tampa is expected to be heavier than normal starting on Wednesday due to events surrounding Saturday's International Indian Film Academy Awards.

The City of Tampa is encouraging downtown workers and residents to allow for extra time for due to potential Bollywood traffic congestion.

During evening hours, drivers traveling from the west are encouraged to use North Boulevard and travel into downtown Tampa via the Cass Street Bridge instead of using the Kennedy Street or Platt Street Bridges.

There may be intermittent lane and road closures along Tampa Street between Kennedy Boulevard and Whiting Street and Jackson Street between Ashley Drive and Florida Avenue throughout today through Saturday.

You can find more information on Bollywood in Tampa, at www.abcactionnews.com/bollywood .

(5) The Banhaffafs visit Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Clearwater Marine Aquarium will host two special boys on Wednesday.

Hassan and Hussein Benhaffaf are big fans of Winter the Dolphin. Dolphin Tale is their favorite movie.

The 4-year-old boys from Ireland were born conjoined at 34 weeks from the chest to pelvis. They shared a liver, stomach, bladder, chest, pelvis, and pericardium sac.

At four months old, they underwent a 14-hour life-saving surgery to separate them. The surgery was successful, but left each with just one leg and one kidney.

Thanks to generous donors and charitable organizations, including Give Kids the World, the entire Banhaffaf are visiting Florida to meet Winter, the amputee dolphin with a prosthetic tale. The boys are receiving prosthetic care from the same clinical team who fits Winter.

The boys are scheduled to visit Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Winter today at 9:30 a.m.

For more information about Winter, visit www.seewinter.com .

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