5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, June 19
7:56 AM, Jun 19, 2013
TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, June 19.
(1) Amazon project proposal hearing
The Hillsborough County Commissioners will consider a proposal on Wednesday for a tax exemption on a proposed
Amazon.com wholesale trade fulfillment center.
Earlier this month Amazon agreed to build the center in Florida, but exactly where it will be located has not been determined.
The location under consideration in Hillsborough County is in the South Shore Corporate Park, near I-75 and State Road 674.
The center would create more than 1,000 permanent jobs, including 375 higher-wage jobs with average wages of over $47,000.
The Ad Valorem tax exemption under consideration would allow Amazon to avoid paying a portion of the project's County taxes for a limited time period of 7 years.
The proposal will be discuss during the County Commission hearing which begins at 9:00 a.m.
(2) Nicholas Lindsey court hearing
The Pinellas County teenager convicted of killing St. Petersburg police officer David Crawford is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.
Last year Nicholas Lindsey was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Lindsey was 16-years-old when he committed the murder. A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling found life sentences without the possibility of parole for juvenile offenders are unconstitutional.
Lindsey's attorney's have filed a motion to "correct sentencing errors," which seeks to reduce Lindsey's life sentence.
The hearing begins at 10:00 a.m. and is expected to last about thirty minutes. ABC Action News' Laura Harris will be in the courtroom and will be tweeting details of the hearing as they occur at
(3) Westchase Town House project meeting
Homeowners living near an 80-acre parcel of land at the end of Lake Sunset Drive in Westchase will talk on Wednesday night will developers of a proposed 220 townhome project.
They worry the impact it will have on birds and other wildlife living on nearby lakes as well as the traffic it will bring to already congested roads.
"When I go to work in the morning, it takes me sometimes 5-10 minutes to get onto Sheldon Road from a private road, Lake Sunset Drive," Marty Sorrentino said. "They bought into a gated community and now, all of a sudden, you're going to push in 200-350 more residents."
Tonight's meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center.
(4) Smokey Bones 3rd annual Burger Battle
Smokey Bones will hold its 3rd annual Burger Battle at more than 30 locations across the country on Wednesday, including its restaurant in Clearwater.
The Burger Battle sees two teams of six trying to eat as many burgers in a specific amount of time to win money for their charity.
At the Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill at 2693 Gulf To Bay Boulevard in Clearwater, a team from The Notorious Crew of the Peg Leg Pirates will face off against a group from the Dunedin Blue Jays.
The Peg Leg Pirates are playing for their own charity while the Blue Jays are competing for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.
The pre-event tailgate party begins at 7:00 p.m. with the Burger Battle commencing at 8:00 p.m.
Other battles are occurring tonight at Smokey Bones restaurants in Orlando and Plantation. For more information, visit
(5) Brody the Border Collie on
Good Morning America
A Bay Area dog will appear on
Good Morning America on Wednesday morning as part of their "Dog vs. Dog Tricks Contest."
Brody the Border Collie is owned by Lisa Morrissey of Hudson. He is one of six finalists competing in the nationwide contest. The three dogs that gather the most votes on the
Good Morning America website will be flown to New York City to compete live on air on Friday morning.