5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, June 24
8:41 AM, Jun 24, 2013
11:20 AM, Jun 24, 2013
TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, June 24.
(1) George Zimmerman trial opening statements
Opening statements in the George Zimmerman murder trial are scheduled to occur beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Monday at the Seminole County Courthouse in Sanford.
Zimmerman is charged with second degree murder in the February 2012 death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Prosecutors and Zimmerman's defense team will begin to make their arguments to the all-women six-member jury.
Zimmerman claims he shot Martin in self-defense. Prosecutors claim the self-proclaimed Neighborhood Watch volunteer profiled Martin as he walked home from a convenience store.
The trial could last up to a month. You can watch the trial "gavel to gavel" on any mobile device by downloading the ABC Action News app.
(2) Marshall Lee Gore execution
Convicted murderer Marshall Lee Gore is set to be executed by lethal injection at Florida State Prison near Starke on Monday.
Gore murdered Robyn Novick and Susan Roark and tried to kill Tina Coralis in 1988.
Two days after killing Novick in Miami-Dade County, Gore raped, beat, stabbed and left Coralis for dead on the side of the road near where Novick's body was found days earlier. Novick's body was later discovered in Columbia County.
The death warrant Governor Rick Scott signed refers only to the death sentence Gore received for the murder of Novick.
The execution is set to occur at 6:00 p.m.
(3) Davis Islands Bridge water main replacement
The City of Tampa will begin replacements and improvements to the water main under the Davis Island Bridge on Monday.
The work will require intermittent lane closures of the northbound, outside lane of the bridge and the off-ramp to Bayshore Boulevard.
Motorists will be detoured to Plant Avenue during the closures. The City says they will attempt to minimize the duration of the closures and impact to the traffic.
The bridge will remain open at all times. The project is expected to be completed by October 1.
(4) South Himes Avenue closed
A section of South Himes Avenue in Tampa will be closed for months beginning on Monday.
The City of Tampa will begin replacements and improvements to the water main and stormwater systems along South Himes Avenue from Palmira to San Luis.
The project is being constructed in two phases. The first phase will be from Palmira to Bay to Bay; the second from Bay to Bay to San Luis.
South Himes from Palmira to Bay to Bay will be closed starting today until the end of October.
Traffic will be detoured to Dale Mabry between Neptune Avenue and Bay to Bay. Access to businesses and residents will be maintained via local streets.
(5) Blue Jays vs. Rays
The Tampa Bay Rays take on baseball's hottest team at Tropicana Field on Monday night.
The Toronto Blue Jays enter tonight's game on a franchise-tying 11-game winning streak.
During the streak the Blue Jays have hit 20 home runs, are averaging 6.4 runs while batting .343 with runners in scoring position.
Following Sunday's victory in New York, tonight the Tampa Bay Rays look to win consecutive games for just the third time in June.
Taking the mound for the Rays tonight will be Jeremy Hellickson. Wednesday in Boston Hellickson gave up just two runs over six innings in Tampa Bay's 6-2 win.
Toronto counters will Esmil Rogers who is 3-2 with a 3.14 ERA on the year.
First pitch for tonight's game is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit