TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Tuesday, November 13.
(1) Trevor Dooley manslaughter trial begins
Trevor Dooley's manslaughter trial begins in Tampa on Tuesday with jury selection.
Dooley is accused of killing David James in Valrico in 2010. Investigators say Dooley shot James after they argued over a 14-year-old boy who was skateboarding in a basketball court.
In May, Circuit Judge Ashley Moody denied Dooley's motion to dismiss his charges using the "Stand Your Ground" defense. His attorney appealed the decision to the 2nd District Court of Appeal which also denied the motion.
James' daughter Danielle, who was 8-years-old at the time, watched her father die in front of her eyes. During pre-trial hearings, Danielle testified that she heard Dooley say he didn't want to get into a fight with her father.
Danielle is expected to be called to testify during the criminal trial. What she says on the witness stand could prove crucial to whether jurors convict or exonerate Dooley.
Tru TV is scheduled to broadcast testimony from the trial during the day beginning on Wednesday.
(2) Florida Distracted Driving Summit
The fist Florida Distracted Driving Summit is being held at the Tampa Convention Center on Tuesday.
Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, 17-year-old sports car driver Tristan Nunez along with key state and government officials, safety experts, physicians and business leaders will participate in the summit.
The event hopes to bring awareness of the dangers of distracted driving and compel people to personally change their driving behaviors.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Association says distracted driving was responsible for 3,092 deaths and 416,000 injuries nationwide in 2010.
AT&T is bringing its virtual texting while driving simulator to the summit today. The chair simulator recreates in 3-D what occurs when your eyes are taken off the road when you text and drive.
The simulator will be at the University of Tampa's Vaughn Center on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
(3) Power of Giving Thanksgiving Celebration
The Ryan Nece Foundation, Sweetbay Supermarket and Metropolitan Ministries are teaming up with to give hundreds of Tampa Bay families meals on Tuesday.
During the Nece's annual Power of Giving Thanksgiving Celebration, 400 families will receive a hot meal and boxes of non-perishable food items, hygiene products and other essentials.
Over 175 volunteers, many of whom are teenagers, will be on hand to serve food and distribute the boxes. The mission of the Ryan Nece Foundation is to encourage teens to impact giving in their own communities.
For more information, visit www.RyanNeceFoundation.com .
(4) Coldplay Live 2012
A special pre-release screening of the Coldplay Live 2012 film will be shown in Clearwater on Tuesday night.
Only 12 Florida theaters are showing the film that documents the group's Mylo Xyloto world tour. It is Coldplay's first live concert film in nine years.
Coldplay Live 2012 includes footage from their concerts at Paris's Stade de France and Montreal's Bell Centre, and their headline performance at the Glastonbury Festival.
The film will be shown at 7:30 and 9:50 p.m. at the Cobb Country 12 Theaters at 27001 US 19 North in Clearwater. Tickets are $12.50.
For more information, call (727) 683-0011 or visit coldplay.com/cinema/ .
(5) Siesta Beach Park improvement public meeting
Sarasota County is hosting a public meeting on proposed design improvements for Siesta Beach Park.
The open-house-style meeting will allow residents to learn about new and enhanced amenities under consideration by the Sarasota County Public Works and Parks and Recreation.
Among the improvements the commission is considering include: a pedestrian esplanade connecting the park from east to west; an expanded and renovated parking lot; improved Beach Road access; modern and expanded restrooms; two new concession areas; new multi-use shelters; and rehabilitation of the historic pavilion.
The meeting will take place from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at St. Michael the Archangel Church at 5394 Midnight Pass Road on Siesta Key.
There will be no formal presentation. County staff and members from the design and engineering firm will be on hand to answer questions.
In 2011, Dr. Beach designated Siesta Beach as the number one beach in America.
For more information, call (941) 861-5000.
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