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Amalie Arena sues Tampa entrepreneur for skipping out on suite lease payments

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Owners of the Amalie Arena, known as Tampa Bay Arena, L.P., are going after nearly $100,000 they say they’re owed for an executive suite leased to entrepreneur Ronald Rueff in 2013.

According to a lawsuit filed in Hillsborough courts, Rueff signed a deal with the arena to use the suite for all of the Tampa Bay Lightning games in the 2013-14 season as well as at least half of all Tampa Bay Storm games and concerts and various other non-excluded events.

The deal came to nearly $120,000, but Rueff still owes $93,454. According to the lawsuit, he also owes another $34,800 from a previous deal with the arena.

Rueff co-owns Premier Limousine of Tampa Bay. Based on its website, the company is still up and running. However, another business endeavor listed on Rueff’s LinkedIn bio, BlackedOut Management, was administratively dissolved last year for failure to file an annual report. The state of Florida still lists the dissolution.

Rueff has several other business associations listed on his LinkedIn bio, including Execuvest LLC, Premier Technology Systems, a sinkhole company, and Thunder Bay Builders.

The lawsuit seeks payment of the remaining balance owed to the arena as well as legal fees and court costs.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email

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