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Ocala CEP highlights tiny horses helping Ocala residents that experienced traumatic events

Ocala CEP highlights tiny horses helping Ocala residents that experienced traumatic events

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OCALA, Fla. (WCJB) – Residents of Ocala, who have experienced traumatic events, are getting a little help.

Our friends from the CEP share with us how tiny horses are bringing therapy to those in need.

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Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands’ Mirrors of Mystery Would Have Made Great Seasonal Events or Minor DLC


Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands has proven to be a big success, and for good reason. Gearbox’s new franchise delivered an entertaining story mode full of colorful locations, hilarious dialogue, and addictive gameplay. Fans loved the Dungeons and Dragons-inspired character creator and Overworld, with spells also being a big hit with the Borderlands community.

Despite all the goodwill Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands had at launch, though, the game’s season pass has been heavily criticized by even the biggest fans of the main game. Many have pointed out that the Mirrors of Mystery are overpriced at $10, with each one only offering a replayable thirty-minute mission. However, while many may have preferred Borderlands’ major expansions over these pricey additions, the Mirrors themselves are not bad – they just take on the wrong format.


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Mirrors of Mystery Could Have Made Perfect Seasonal Events

With nothing announced by Gearbox thus far, it seems unlikely that Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands will get seasonal events like Borderlands 3. In that game, players were able to enjoy special, limited time missions for the Halloween-themed Bloody Harvest and Revenge of the Cartels. Revenge of the Cartels in particular provided about the same level of content as a Mirror of Mystery, with players able to explore different wings of the visually appealing Villa Ultraviolet before battling a final boss.

The puzzle room of Villa Ultraviolet can be easily compared to the side objectives players get for the Mirrors of Mystery, like destroying all the elemental barrels in every room. Despite the similarities, players need to spend $10 for each Mirror of Mystery or buy the $30 Season Pass – a far cry from the free admission to Revenge of the Cartels. This is a shame, as if one Mirror of Mystery dropped for free every month, Gearbox would likely be getting extreme praise for top-notch support. Despite the Glutton’s Gamble DLC being a perfect fit for a Thanksgiving event, it is instead paid content, leading fans to view it in a negative light.

Mirrors of Mystery Would Have Been Fun Mini-DLCs Like Headhunter Packs

Still, since Gearbox is adding a new boss and fresh areas with each Mirror of Mystery, it is understandable that the developer would want to make some profit off the content. After all, the unique rooms and enemies would have taken time and resources to create. The main issue comes with the price of the DLC and the fact that the Mirrors are treated as the main post-launch content for the game.

Borderlands 2’s headhunter packs would have been a perfect example to follow, as if the Mirrors of Mystery were priced at $3 (or even $5) the community likely would not complain. Each one of the Mirrors could be introduced between a proper expansion, too, making sure that fans always have something new to do in Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands. The decision to replace major DLCs like Assault on Dragon Keep with the expensive Mirrors of Mystery is ultimately where the controversy comes from, as if the Season Pass included one or two proper expansions as well as some cheaper Mirrors, fans would likely be thrilled.

Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands’ Mirrors of Mystery are fun, and the decision to add the content to the Chaos Chamber once it is completed was a great move that ensures the endgame mode remains fresh over time. Had they been priced more fairly or made into seasonal events, the discussion around them would likely be far more positive. Unfortunately, this was not the case, with the community remaining disappointed in this approach to DLC and wanting to see traditional expansions added instead.

Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is available now on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.

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‘Let’s Rock Together’ charity event pulled, organizer upset with Tiny CAO

'Let's Rock Together' charity event pulled, organizer upset with Tiny CAO

‘We deserve their level of trust’, event chair says; CAO counters managing risk, liability are simply municipal policy

It might seem like no one wins here, but at least no one is sued either.

Chair Diane Leblovic of ‘Let’s Rock Together’ contacted MidlandToday to express frustration in the finer details of the project prior to the withdrawal of its 2022 application to Tiny Township.

Let’s Rock Together (LRT) is a charity event, which was proposed for this summer in Balm Beach as a celebration of relief from pandemic frustrations and as a fundraiser for Parkside Drive.

LRT was first pitched to Tiny council in late November as “an evening of rock & roll, food, and fun” for an older Tiny audience of up to 500 people, who would appreciate the musical tastes of local classic band The Desotos. A beer and wine bar was also being considered by Leblovic and project manager Don Chapman.

At the November council meeting, Mayor and George Cornell Deputy Mayor Steffen Walma were absent leaving three councillors and staff to handle the proceedings; the smaller council supported the event in principle but requested unprovided financial details from LRT prior to approvals in the 2022 budget discussions.

In December, LRT presented the financing to a full council, confirming that alcohol would be served and asking for in-kind support from the township as given in previous charity events like Leblovic’s successful Balm Beach Family Fun Day. Leblovic urged expediency to council in hastening the pre-approval of financial support, which Mayor George Cornell informed Leblovic would be a matter of procedure for January.

CAO Robert Lamb spoke up in the closing moments of that meeting to clarify matters.

“I understand you’re looking for the municipality to front $16,000 to be able to enter into contracts,” stated Lamb in the meeting, “but who is signing those contracts? Are you looking for the municipality to sign it or are those contracts going to be signed by yourselves and some other organization? Who is getting the liquor licence?

“Those are important questions for council to understand from a liability and an ownership of the event perspective,” noted Lamb in advising why quick recommendations by staff were extremely difficult.

LRT responded that Tiny had signed responsibility for prior events, not acknowledging that those weren’t liquor licensed.

At council in January, a risk management report from staff recommended that LRT collaborate with a registered charity or not-for-profit organization, placing risks and liabilities with the third party.

Recreation director Bonita Desroches informed council that “a perfect partnership” did exist in the annual Festival du Loup event where council contributed support while the organizers signed on for all the risks; LRT would make Tiny take the risk.

Leblovic preempted council’s decision with an open deputation, insisting that the discussion of risk management and liability had not been introduced or addressed since planning had started in 2020. Council passed the staff recommendation.

“We’re very disappointed that, at the end of the day, they didn’t want to support us,” Leblovic told MidlandToday, insisting that CAO Lamb should have approached LRT before December and discussed risk management and liability issues instead of at the end of the council meeting.

“Then there was a total flip-flop. Total flip-flop. And I knew they didn’t understand any of the request around the line of credit, because it was never a grant. Never a grant. Ever. In every experience with the township, we never asked for a grant. It was always a line of credit, and we always got it. 

“And then the other part of this is that the council… didn’t demonstrate the well-deserved level of trust and confidence in (Chapman and myself) by committing to partner with us. We think we deserve their level of trust by the things we’d done as volunteers!”

She said that over the last number of years, they had given $27,000 towards helping with Tiny’s playgrounds.

“And then I think they tried to shift all this risk and liability in their suggestions to another party, a registered not-for-profit. Okay? They just tried to shift it somewhere else,” explained Leblovic.

When asked if the LRT had lost any personal money, Leblovic said no and noted that it was time that was lost.

CAO Lamb was contacted for a response.

“The event, as proposed, did not follow what council-approved policies were. And council’s resolution was – they actually still supported the event, but they supported the event under the aspect of it being of us partnering with somebody that was a registered charity (and/or) not-for-profit as was our policy.”

In speaking directly to LRT, Tiny staff continued to raise the question of what partnering meant with the organization.

“In the end, partnering meant we’d be taking on all of the liability and the signing of the contracts, and the taking of the liquor license for the event,” said Lamb.  “(This is) not traditionally a role that the municipality would play, and not a role that we played in the other great events that the association put on in the past to raise money.”

Lamb remarked that Orillia had held downtown events in the early 2000s and that after three years their business management group decided to move away from those events due to similar risk management and liability issues.

“Because there’s still a personal name on the liquor licence,” he stated, adding “a lot has changed in 20 years.”

Throughout the conversation, Lamb repeatedly praised the volunteer efforts made by Leblovic and Chapman and looked forward to the potential for more efforts ahead.

“This was simply about the structure of this event and nothing more,” Lamb concluded.

Leblovic admitted that although LRT had withdrawn the event for 2022, there was still a possibility, albeit a low probability, of having a Let’s Rock Together party next year.

The Let’s Rock Together presentations, correspondence to council, and municipal policies relating to special events can be found in the January agenda on the Township of Tiny webpage.

Archives of council meetings are available to view on Tiny Township’s YouTube channel.