5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, April 17

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, April 17.

(1) Hillsborough County Deepwater Horizon oil spill lawsuit

The Hillsborough County Commission is scheduled to authorize a lawsuit on Wednesday to recover lost revenues due to the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill.

During their normally scheduled meeting, Commissioners may authorize the firm of Fowler White Boggs to file a suit in federal court on behalf of the county.

The County's contract with the law firm provides that Fowler White Boggs will be responsible for all up front expense which will be reimbursed by the Country from any judgment or settlement received.

The County Commission begins at 9:00 a.m.

(2) Hillsborough County tax breaks for financial services company

The Hillsborough County Commission is expected to discuss giving a major tax break to a financial services company on Wednesday.

Commissioners will talk about offering $729,000 in tax breaks to the business so it could expand its local operation and create up to 1,215 high-paying jobs.

The tax breaks would be spread over a minimum of nine years beginning with Fiscal Year 2014. Funding for the tax breaks would be included in the Economic Development Department's budget.

City officials are not disclosing the name of the company.

A similar tax incentive deal was approved by County Commissioners for two companies in November.

(3) Housing rehabilitation incentive program

St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster, City Council Chair Karl Nurse and members of the city staff will unveil a housing rehabilitation incentive program on Wednesday.

The program creates an incentive for homeowners to invest in their property by providing a 20 percent rebate of the cost of specific building improvements.

The St. Petersburg City Council recently approved $400,000 for a housing rehabilitation incentive program.

Today's announcement will be made at 9:30 a.m. at 1830 22nd Avenue South in St. Petersburg.

(4) USF Anti-war Teach-In

Students at the University of the South Florida will hold an anti-war protest on Wednesday.

Beginning at 12:00 p.m. speakers will express their opposition to the war in Afghanistan and U.S. military intervention Syria and Iran, including the drone strikes approved by President Obama.

Various groups will present workshops and speeches on how war and military occupation affects various segments of society. Topics include the negative ramifications of war in relation to women, students, immigrants, the environment, veterans and workers.

The protest will go from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. outside Cooper Hall on the USF Tampa campus.

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(5) Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth

Former heavyweight champion boxer Mike Tyson brings his one-man show to Clearwater on Wednesday night.

Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth gives a rare, personal look inside the life of "Iron Mike" Tyson. Directed by Academy Award nominee Spike Lee, the show goes outside of the ring and delves into his life behind headlines.

"I'm excited to take Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth on tour and share it with my fans across the country," said Tyson. " Undisputed Truth is my story- I'm giving my all."

ABC Action News checked Ruth Eckerd Hall's website early Wednesday morning and tickets are still available for the show. Prices start at $50.

The show begins at 8:00 p.m. For more information, call (727) 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com .

To learn more about the show, visit www.facebook.com/MikeTysonOnTour .

 

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