5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Tuesday, February 26

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Tuesday, February 26.

(1) Mindy McCready funeral

The funeral for troubled country singer Mindy McCready will take place in Ft. Myers on Tuesday.

Family members will welcome friends and fans of McCready's to the funeral.

The 37-year-old McCready was born in Ft. Myers in 1975. She committed suicide in Arkansas on February 17. She is survived by her sons Zander Ryan and Zayne Christopher; her mother Gayle Inge and step-father Michael Inge; her father Timothy and step-mother Teri McCreadt; and brothers Timothy, Joshua and Colton.

The funeral will take place at 2:00 p.m. at the Crossroads Baptist Church at 10721 Palm Beach Boulevard in Ft. Myers. It is open to all who would like to pay their respects to Mindy and her family.

(2) Casey Anthony bankruptcy hearing

A Chapter 7 bankruptcy hearing for Casey Anthony will be held in federal court in Tampa on Tuesday.

Anthony claims she has about $1,100 in assets and $792,000 in liabilities.

Her debts include $500,000 for attorney fees for her murder trial; $145,660 to the Orange County Sheriff's Office for investigative fees; and $68,540 to the Internal Revenue Service for taxes and penalties.

The filing notes Anthony is currently unemployed.

The hearing is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom 9B at the Sam M. Gibbons United States Courthouse in Tampa.

(3) St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections in Tampa

St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections Gertrude Walker and members of her administrative staff will visit Tampa on Tuesday to receive advice on how to properly run an election.

"Our goals are to gain a better understanding, No. 1 of multi-card ballots because that was a first for St. Lucie County," said Walker from her Fort Pierce office on Monday.

Hillsborough County uses a similar voting system to St. Lucie County. Walker's office has experienced some memory card failures during recent elections.

"I know it will be beneficial for us to go over and look over their procedures and hopefully ensure it doesn't happen here again," said Walker.

(4) I-275 Lois Avenue exit closed

Early Tuesday morning the Florida Department of Transportation permanently closed the southbound Interstate 275 exit to Lois Avenue in Tampa.

Exit 40B was closed as part of the I-275 widening project. A new interchange configuration will be constructed. It will have southbound I-275 traffic exit to westbound Cypress Street, just east of Lois Avenue.

The detour during the construction of the new off ramp has drivers exiting to West Shore Boulevard (Exit 40A, next interchange), turning right and driving north to Cypress Street, then turning right and going east to Lois Avenue.

For more information on the I-275 construction project, visit tbinterstates.com/news/details.asp?project=202.

(5) Watering restricting meeting

The Southwest Florida Water Management District's Governing Board is scheduled to discuss tighter watering restrictions at its meeting on Tuesday.

Due to below-normal rainfall in the fall and winter, officials may decide to reinstate one-day-a-week watering restrictions in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.

Last spring Swiftmud once-a-week restrictions, but lifted them during the summer rainy season.

The Southwest Florida Water Management District meeting is taking place at 10:00 a.m. at the Sarasota Service Office.

For more information, visit www.swfwmd.state.fl.us.

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