5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, December 10

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, December 10.

(1) John Stanton federal tax evasion trial

John Stanton's federal tax evasion trial is scheduled to begin in Tampa on Monday.

The Internal Revenue Service says Stanton delayed and impeded IRS audits and made fraudulent promissory notes for millions of dollars.

The 64-year-old Stanton is a former president of Cast-Crete Corporation. The Seffner company makes precast concrete building materials.

Federal prosecutors say Stanton took tens of millions of dollars from Cast-Crete, pocketing some of the money for himself and diverting some to his own company.

Authorities also say Stanton did not file both personal tax returns and returns for his own company from 2005 to 2007.

Once worth more than $250 million, Stanton claims he could not pay up because he is bankrupt.  Stanton even filed bankruptcy in federal court, but failed to show up to three separate hearings.

Some estimate Stanton's net worth to be around $120 million.

Stanton is also accused of failing to pay at least $10 million in alimony and child support to his ex-wife and son. The support payment case is not expected to be resolved until the federal trial is over.

(2) MacDill Avenue closed

Through traffic using South MacDill Avenue in South Tampa will need to find an alternate route on Monday.

The City of Tampa closed MacDill Avenue between Asbury Place and Coachman Avenue for storm-sewer improvements. The road is scheduled to reopen by December 16.

The closure is part of a $5.1 million project that includes significant upgrades to the storm-water drainage and wastewater collection systems, and roadway improvements.

During the closure, traffic will be detoured around the work zone utilizing Bay to Bay Boulevard, Dale Mabry Highway, and Gandy Boulevard.

Local traffic accessing businesses and residences within the closure will be maintained throughout the duration of construction.

(3) Bob Buckhorn discusses Colombia trip

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn will discuss his trip to Colombia with members of the media on Monday.

The Mayor along with entourage of business and community leaders visited Barranquilla, Colombia from last Wednesday to Saturday.

The goal of the four-day mission is to promote international economic development for the Tampa Bay region by attracting job-creating foreign investment to Hillsborough County

Barranquilla became a Sister City for the City of Tampa in 1966. The Sister City program benefits residents of each city by exploring educational, economic and cultural opportunities.

Mayor Buckhorn will discuss his trip at 11:30 a.m. in the Tampa Hillsborough EDC Boardroom in downtown Tampa.

(4) 9-foot-tall Chanukah menorah lighting

Chabad of Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch will ignite a 9-foot-tall menorah on Monday night for the second night of Chanukah.

The Menorah serves as a symbol of Lakewood Ranch's dedication to preserve and encourage the right and liberty of all its citizens to worship G-d freely, openly, and with pride," said Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Mendy Bukiet.

Besides the menorah lighting there will be plenty of family-friendly events tonight including dancing, live music, frying and decorating of traditional doughnuts, latkes, cotton candy, raffles, kosher food and face painting.

The menorah lighting and other events take place on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch beginning at 6:30 p.m.

For more information on any Chanukah event in Florida, visit www.Chabad.org/ChanukahEvents .

(5) FedEx busiest day

FedEx expects Monday to be its busiest day in the company's history.

Around 300,000 FedEx employees are expected to work today moving 19 million packages. That is an increase of about 10 percent over 2011.

FedEx is forecasting over 280 million packages will move through its shipping networks this year, a 13 percent increase. The reason that the company is staying busy is a continuing rise in online shopping during the holiday season.

The National Retail Federation reports online holiday sales are expected to grow 16.8% from 2011 to $54.5 billion.

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