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Plant City Observer Monday, Apr. 1, 2013 5 years ago

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Dear loyal Plant City Observer reader: Happy April Fools’ Day!

Let me be clear: The story, titled "I-4 roundabout to alleviate strawberry jam," which appeared today on our website, is an April Fools' Day spoof. It is not true.

I’ll say it one more time: It is not true.

Transportation officials are NOT building a strawberry-shaped roundabout over the Florida Strawberry Festival.

Because this is the first April Fools' Day for the Plant City Observer, we owe you an explanation. Our sister paper, the Longboat Observer, started this tradition 15 years ago, in its print edition. Since then, it has spread to the Observer Media Group's other papers, including the Sarasota Observer, East County Observer and Pelican Press.

In our first year, we opted to test the waters with a simple web post. But here is your warning now: We already are planning for a print spoof next year.

From where we sit, we all could use a laugh now and then. We hope we did that for you with this story.

Whether you enjoyed our spoof or consider us completely immature and unprofessional, send an email to General Manager Michael Eng, [email protected].

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