5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, February 10
3:47 AM, Feb 10, 2014
9:29 AM, Feb 10, 2014
TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, February 10.
(1) Mayor Bob Buckhorn in Panama
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn will lead a delegation of nearly 40 business and community leaders to Panama on Monday.
Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation organized the three-day trip. The focus of the trip will be on the development of commercial relationships that support the new direct flights between Panama City and Tampa International Airport offered by Copa Airlines.
The group will take a behind-the-scene tour of the Copa Airlines Operations Control Center, get a briefing on the Panama Canal Expansion Project, tour Panama's City of Knowledge, attend a networking event by the American Chamber of Commerce of Panama and attend a reception at the residence of United States Ambassador Jonathan Farrar.
Mayor Buckhorn will meet with Panama City Mayor Roxanna Mendez de Obarrio on Wednesday. He will be be presented with the Key to the City during the meeting.
For more information about the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, visit
(2) Dr. Patricia Hough sentencing
An Englewood, Florida doctor convicted of concealing millions of dollars from the Internal Revenue Service is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court on Monday.
A jury in Ft. Myers convicted Dr. Patricia Lynn Hough last year of filing false individual income tax returns and hiding more than $30 million in assets and income in offshore bank accounts at UBS and other foreign banks.
Documents show Dr. Hough owned two Caribbean-based medical schools which she sold in April 2007. She created various entities at the banks and used them to conceal the $35 million she made from the sale.
Federal prosecutor say the majority of the money from the sale of the schools were not reported to the IRS on Dr. Hough and her husband's tax returns and no tax was paid.
During the trial, prosecutors showed the money from the sale of the schools was used to purchase an airplane, homes in North Carolina and a condominium in Sarasota.
Dr. Hough faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison for the conspiracy count and three years in prison for each of the four counts of filing a false tax return.
(3) Voter registration deadline for March 11 elections
Monday is the deadline for Pinellas County residents who want to vote in the March 11 election to register to vote.
The Special General Election will decide who will replace the late C.W. Bill Young to represent Florida's Congressional District 13.
There are also 12 municipalities are conducting elections on March 11: Belleair Bluffs, Clearwater, Gulfport, Indian Shores, Kenneth City, Madeira Beach, Pinellas Park, Redington Shores, Safety Harbor, South Pasadena, St. Pete Beach and Tarpon Springs.
Voters who are already registered to vote in Florida do not need to re-register.
Voter registration applications are available at any Supervisor of Elections office, public library, tax collector office, government office handling social services or online at
State law requires that address changes from another county that are made at the polls will require the voter to vote a provisional ballot, except for active military voters and their families.
Name and party changes may be made by sending a signed, written statement to the Supervisor of Elections and including date of birth or voter ID number.
(4) Anne Frank's stepsister visits St. Petersburg
Anne Frank's stepsister Eva Schloss will speak in St. Petersburg on Monday night about her experiences surviving the Holocaust.
"Eva is a courageous individual who works tirelessly to end the violence and bigotry," said Rabbi Alter Korf. "We are honored and excited to play host to this great person."
Rabbi's Korf's Chabad Jewish Center of St. Petersburg is the organization sponsoring Schloss' visit to the Bay Area.
Mrs. Schloss will explain how she and her mother survived the Auschwitz concentration camp and how they rebuilt their lives after World War II. Anne Frank's father married Mrs. Schloss' mother in 1953.
The presentation is suitable for adults and teens of all faiths.
Tickets to "An Historic Evening with Anne Frank's Stepsister" are $28. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. at The Palledium Theatre in downtown St. Petersburg.