Thursday, May 24, 2018
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Pam Bondi holds Cayman Islands event in advance of Tampa wedding

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and her fiance are waiting a few more weeks to tie the knot.

Instead of a wedding ceremony Saturday afternoon in the Cayman Islands, Bondi and Tampa ophthalmologist Greg Henderson will "make it official in several weeks when all our family members can be there," Bondi said when reached at the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman.

A gathering Saturday evening was a "celebration of upcoming nuptials," Bondi said, adding that she planned to wear her wedding dress at the event.

The wedding ultimately will be "small, private, and in a Baptist church soon" in the Tampa area, she added.

In the meantime, "We are thrilled to be here having the time of our lives," she said.

Bondi told the Tampa Bay Times last week that she was planning a beachfront wedding at the Ritz-Carlton. On Saturday, she declined to discuss what led to the change of plans.

Among those who joined Bondi and Henderson this weekend: Gov. Rick Scott and his wife, Ann; Hillsborough State Attorney Mark Ober; former Tampa Mayor Dick Greco and his wife, Linda; and Kim and John Kirtley. Kim Kirtley was the communications director for Bondi's campaign when she ran for attorney general.

The group also included Henderson's mother and four adult children as well as Bondi's parents and younger brother, Brad.

Bondi, 46, of Tampa, apparently tried to keep details about the trip quiet, but state Sen. Paula Dockery let the cat out of the bag in a Facebook post Thursday. Dockery, R-Lakeland, reported seeing Bondi at Tampa International Airport and being on the same flight to the islands.

Amy Scherzer can be reached at (813) 226-3332 or [email protected]

 
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