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

TAMPA BAY - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Tuesday, February 5.

(1) I-275 exit ramp closure

The portion of the southbound I-275 Exit 40B ramp that allows traffic to go south on Lois Avenue will close permanently at 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday.

For the time being drivers will still be able to go northbound Lois Avenue off the exit ramp.

The detour southbound I-275 traffic to southbound Lois is as follows: Exit 40A to West Shore Boulevard (the interchange after Lois), turn right and go north to Cypress Street, then turn right and go east to Lois.

The future interchange configuration will have southbound I-275 traffic exit to Cypress Street, just east of Lois Avenue.

The I-275 exit closure is part of the $215.4 million widening project underway between State Road 60 (Memorial Highway) and the Hillsborough River.

For more information on the construction project, visit tbinterstates.com/projects/projects.asp?roadID=1.

(2) George Zimmerman hearing

Lawyers in the George Zimmerman second-degree murder case are scheduled to be in court on Tuesday.

Today's hearing will address pending motions in the case including a motion to delay the trial from scheduled June 10 start date to November.

Zimmerman's defense team will ask a judge to approve subpoenas for information or evidence from ABC News and 7-Eleven. His lawyers are also seeking the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to release evidence they claim the state is withholding from them.

The 29-year-old Zimmerman claims he shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in self defense on February 26, 2012. He is currently free on $1 million bond.

The hearing is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Seminole County Courthouse in Sanford.

(3) Protest for Michelle Williams

Supporters of Michelle Williams are scheduled to protest against her upcoming trial in front of the George E. Edgecomb Courthouse in downtown Tampa at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

Williams was arrested in October 2012, charged with selling a house in May 2011 that she did not legally own.

Williams is the Regional Chief Of Staff of the St. Petersburg/ Tampa Bay New Black Panther Party. Some of her supporters believe the arrest is a retaliation tactic for Williams speaking up for people who would otherwise not have a voice in the community.

Friends of Williams are claiming that she, in fact, is a victim of mortgage fraud, and the person who sold her the house used fake documents in the sale.

Williams has been charged with theft forgery fraud.

A pre-trial hearing in the case is scheduled to occur in the Hillsborough County Courthouse today at 9:00 a.m. Williams' trial is scheduled to begin on February 11.

(4) Target Tuesday

The Glazer Children's Museum is giving deal for families on Tuesday.

The museum is offering free admission prices for both children and adults from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. today.

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.

(5) National Pancake Day

IHOP will hold their eighth annual National Pancake Day on Tuesday.

From 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. every IHOP restaurant will give each guest a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes.

IHOP is hoping customers will voluntarily donate what they would have paid, or more, to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals or other local charities.

This year the restaurant chain aims to raise $3 million for charity, will a goal to bring the total amount of funds raised in the eight years to more than $13 million.

National Pancake Day 2012 was IHOP's largest one-day event in the company's 54-year history.

To find the nearest IHOP restaurant to you or to donate online, visit www.ihoppancakeday.com.

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