5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, February 3

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, February 3.

(1) Michael Dunn trial begins

Jury selection is scheduled to begin in Michael Dunn's murder trial in Jacksonville on Monday.

The 47-year-old Dunn is charged with killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis outside a convenience store in 2012.

Dunn and Davis allegedly were arguing over the loud music that Davis and his friends were playing from their SUV.

Police say Dunn said the teens threatened him by showing a shotgun and that is why he fired around 10 shots into their vehicle. Officers say they never found a shotgun at the scene.

The family of Jordan Davis settled a wrongful death civil lawsuit against Dunn. Terms of that settlement were not made public.

Dunn is charged with one count of first degree murder, three counts of attempted murder and shooting or throwing a deadly missile.

Jury selection begins at 9:00 a.m. at the Duval County Courthouse in Jacksonville.

(2) Florida Congressional District 13 debate

The Tampa Bay Times is co-hosting a debate between three Florida Congressional District 13 candidates on Monday night.

The three candidates are Republican David Jolly, Democrat Alex Sink and Libertarian Lucas Overby.

The trio is looking to replace the late Rep. C.W. Bill Young who passed away in October. Young had served in the House of Representatives since 1971, and was the longest-serving Republican member of Congress at the time of his death.

The debate is being held at St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. It will be televised live on Bay News 9.

The special election is Congressional District 13 is March 11.

(3) Carlos López-Cantera swearing-in

Carlos López-Cantera will be sworn-in as Florida's 19th Lieutenant Governor on Monday afternoon.

Governor Rick Scott is hosting a noon luncheon in honor of López-Cantera at the Governor's Mansion.

López-Cantera will be sworn-in at 5:00 p.m. in the House Chambers at the Florida State Capitol. He will become the first Hispanic Lt. Governor in state history.

López-Cantera is currently the Property Appraiser of Miami-Dade County and previously served as House Majority Leader from 2010 to 2012. He was first elected to the Florida House in 2004 and was re-elected three times.

López-Cantera replaces former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll who resigned in March 2013 after allegations were raised a company she co-owned did consulting work for an organization at the center of a criminal investigation for illegal gambling.

(4) Hillsborough Code Enforcement Operation Fight the Blight

Hillsborough County Code Enforcement officers will begin their Operation Fight the Blight in Old Sun City on Monday.

The eight-day campaign will help clean up two neighborhoods south of Ruskin. The work will be done February 3-7 and 10-13 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

There are two areas being targeted clean up.

The boundaries of the first are Vidor Avenue on the north, Fox Street/Fox Place on the south, US 41 on the east and Uncle Brack Road on the west.

The second area has Ince Drive on the north, First National Drive on the south, Talmadge Avenue on the east, and U.S. Highway 41 on the west.

Residents living within those boundaries can use dumpsters in Sun City Heritage Park to dispose of furniture, junk, trash, debris, metal, and electronics at no charge.

Tree debris, commercial vehicle tires and hazardous chemicals will not be accepted for disposal.

For more information, call Hillsborough County Neighborhood Relations at (813) 307-3564.

(5) Oulson family fundraiser

A fundraiser to raise money for the Oulson family will be held at the Wesley Chapel Texas Roadhouse restaurant on Monday.

Police say Chad Oulson was killed at the Grove 16 Movie Theater in Wesley Chapel on January 13 after getting in a dispute over texting on his cellphone. He is survived by his wife Nicole and daughter Lexy.

Texas Roadhouse will donate 10% of all their proceeds from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m. to Nicole Oulson to help support her and her daughter.

The restaurant is located at 26409 Golden Maple Road in Wesley Chapel.

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