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THE POLAR EXPRESS™ 4-D Experience At The Florida Aquarium

The Florida Aquarium is getting in the holiday spirit and is excited to feature THE POLAR EXPRESS™ 4-D Experience at its new 4-D Theater, which recently opened.
The 48-seat 4-D Experience combines the visual drama of a 3-D film with a variety of sensory effects built into the seats and the theater environment. The 4-D Experience brings on-screen images to life with such added effects such as bubbles, wind and scents for a fully immersive cinematic experience.

The 4-D Theater is located in the Aquarium’s outdoor plaza by The Splash Pad and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. THE POLAR EXPRESS™ 4-D Experience® will through January 11, 2018. This 13-minute show is a family-friendly, modern classic and will be shown multiple times a day. The 4-D Theater experience is included in general admission to The Florida Aquarium.

State Rep. Ross Spano, R-Dover, Has Filed To Run For Attorney General In 2018

State Rep. Ross Spano, now in his third two-year term in the state House, becomes the fourth candidate to enter the Republican primary for the seat term-limited Attorney General Pam Bondi will vacate next year.

Asked why he’s entering what promises to be a tough primary with three other well-known candidates, one from his own home turf, Spano said he believes he stands out in the field.

“If I felt the right person was already in the race I wouldn’t have chosen to run,” he said. “I’m the only one that has legislative experience, the conservative values and the actual courtroom experience, plus I’m the only one with substantial criminal justice experience.”

Spano is an estate planning and probate attorney, but has served on the House criminal justice subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee, currently as chairman.
Spano, 51, is married and has four children ages 18-25. He graduated from the University of South Florida and the Florida State University law school.

Yellow Ribbon Flight To Honor Mission

The Yellow Ribbon mission taking Veterans from Lakeland Linder Airport to Washington DC will take place on April 11, 2018.

The mission will be a one day event departing early in the morning and returning that day.

The mission will take place during the Sun ‘n Fun Fly-in.  All Veterans who have not participated in a previous Honor Flight or Flight to Honor are eligible.

At the request of numerous veterans of the Vietnam and later eras, options were created that a veteran may select to participate on the mission.

Option 1. Veteran accompanied by a Guardian. This is primarily for a Veteran requiring physical assistance and/or a Guardian specifically requesting to accompany a particular Veteran. The Guardian donates $450 for the opportunity. No cost to the Veteran.

Option 2. Veteran unaccompanied by a Guardian, but sponsored by a family member, employer, organization or friend.  The sponsor contributes $250 for a seat on the mission for the Veteran.  

Option 3. Veteran unaccompanied by a Guardian sponsors himself or herself and donates $250 for a seat on the mission.

For Options 2 and 3, the Veteran must be physically capable of completing the mission without assistance such as a walker, wheelchair or other mobility device.  This does not preclude another veteran accompanying a veteran needing assistance. 

Veterans wishing to participate are urged to submit an application as soon as possible. Visit to download an application.

Court Judge

Plant City native James ‘Jamey’ Moody III has filed to run for Circuit Judge, serving Hillsborough County. 

Moody, a local attorney and Florida native, graduated from Plant City High School and is the son of longtime Federal Judge James S. Moody, Jr. He received his degrees from the University of Florida, and worked in the finance sector prior to receiving his Juris Doctor. He was selected to Super Lawyers Rising Stars (2011-2014), is a member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, and the Plant City Bar Association, where he served as President from 2006-2008.  He is admitted to practice in the State Courts of Florida, and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Jamey is a volunteer attorney with Bay Area Legal Services, Rotary member, Federalist Society and Florida Justice Association member, committee member of the Planning Board of Plant City, and former board member of AMI Kids Tampa.  He is committed to serving the 13th Judicial Circuit honorably and will work tirelessly to uphold the Constitution of the United States, as well as the Florida Constitution. 

Jamey Moody is a devoted husband and father, who understands the needs and challenges our community faces.  Jamey will serve the residents of Hillsborough County with the highest integrity, discipline, and dedication.

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Michelle Colesanti
Michelle has been with the Osprey Observer for almost nine years, and her current position is Assignment Editor. She resides in Bloomingdale with her husband Phil, two sons, Philip and Matthew, and Tigger the cat.