RUBIO KICKED OUT OF TAMPA OFFICE BECAUSE OF PROTESTERS
The owner of the nine-story Bridgeport Center notified Rubio’s staff Feb. 1 that it would not renew its lease. They have to be out by Friday. Jude Williams, president of America’s Capital Partners, says rallies outside the building have become too disruptive to the other tenants and a costly expense for the company.
2 WITH TIES TO PULSE MASSACRE ARE GUESTS AT TRUMP’S ADDRESS
Christine Leinonen, whose son died during the mass shooting at the Orlando gay nightclub, is the guest of U.S. Rep. Val Demings for Tuesday evening’s address. Dr. Marc Levy, a hospital surgeon who saved the lives of Pulse victims, is the guest of U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy. Both congresswomen are freshmen Democrats from the Orlando area.
SURVEY: CONSUMER CONFIDENCE IN FLORIDA DROPS AFTER HIGH MARK
The monthly University of Florida consumer survey released Tuesday measured confidence at 94.0, which is 3.3 points lower than it was in January. Researchers say the drop matches similar drops at the national level. The lowest index possible is a 2, and the highest is 150.
MAN BLAMED IN MURDER-SUICIDE UPSET WIFE LEFT HIM FOR A WOMAN
Tampa attorney Ralph Fernandez tells the Tampa Bay Times (http://bit.ly/2m3134N ) that 53-year-old Vincente Fuillerat considered Lisa Fuillerat’s romance with Samara Routenberg “immoral.” Police say Fuillerat donned a bullet-proof vest, broke into Routenberg’s Brandon home and fatally shot both women before killing himself. Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies found a note pinned to his body.
1 WOMAN DIES IN EARLY MORNING FIRE IN CENTRAL FLORIDA
A Polk County news release says another woman and two men were able to get out of the burning home in Bartow early Tuesday. Spokesman Kevin Watler says three dogs also lived at the home, but only one has been found. That dog wasn’t injured.