Saturday, February 24, 2018


Paul Guzzo, Times staff writer

Paul Guzzo, Times staff writer

Paul Guzzo primarily covers Cuban policy, Cuban culture in the Tampa Bay area and local history for the Tampa Bay Times. A native of Trenton, N.J., he's been a journalist in this area since 1999, writing for La Gaceta Newspaper and the Tampa Tribune before joining the Times. Along with his brother Pete Guzzo, Paul is an award-winning independent filmmaker best known locally for his documentary on gangster Charlie Wall. At home, he is an overwhelmed father of four and husband to a wife who is way out of his league.

Lee Thornton Davis Jr., shown here at his Apollo Beach home, served as commodore of the Davis Islands Yacht Club and never missed a Gasparilla invasion. He died Feb. 12 at 92. [ALESSANDRA DA PRA  |   Times]

Epilogue: Lee Davis, businessman and adventurer, survived many a scrape

TAMPA — Friends and family have a saying about Lee Thornton Davis Jr. Once you met him, even for just a moment, you knew him forever."He was the most outgoing person I’d ever met," Dick Greco said, which is something coming from Tampa’s...
Updated: 12 hours ago
ANDRES LEIVA   |   Times
US Representative Kathy Castor is seen speaking during an elections watch party held by Rep. Castor at Fodder & Shine in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016.  Rep. Castor's opponent in the race for Florida's 14th congressional district seat was Republican candidate Christine Quinn.

Focused on Cuba’s future, Rep. Castor skips meeting with Raul Castro

TAMPA — One highlight of a congressional delegation’s visit to Cuba this week was an impromptu meeting with President Raul Castro.But not for U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor.The Tampa Democrat joined five other Democrats on the trip, in part to...
Published: 02/21/18
The Tall Ship Lynx, an 80-foot interpretation of a Baltimore privateer topsail schooner used during the War of 1812, sets out at the start off the 2017 St. Petersburg-Habana Yacht Race.  [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]

St. Petersburg regatta to Havana again buffeted by politics

The 2017 St. Petersburg-Habana Yacht Race was celebrated as more than a competitive regatta to Cuba’s capital city of Havana.The relaunch of the maritime competition canceled since 1959 was hailed as a reflection of the detente started under...
Published: 02/20/18
Middleton High School, placed under lockdown Friday after a shooting near the campus, was dealing Tuesday with a report that a student madethreats about shooting on the campus. [ALESSANDRA DA PRA   |   Times]

Upset by grade, Robinson High student threatens to shoot up campus, police say

Schools nationwide are on heightened alert in the wake of last week’s fatal shootings in Broward County, and in the Tampa area, that means official warnings about social media posts and more calls for police action.Two Tampa boys, one 15 and...
Published: 02/20/18
Government officials from the United States and Cuba will meet in Fort Lauderdale on an agreement to help one another in oil spill cleanups, like the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010. [AP]

U.S., Cuban officials to meet in Florida about cooperation on oil spill response

Two months after the Trump administration announced it would open no more of Florida’s coast to oil drilling, U.S. government agencies will meet with their counterparts from Cuba about protecting the state’s shores from oil spills there.The...
Published: 02/19/18
Updated: 02/21/18
The Tampa Bay History Center's new permanent exhibit

Now Open: A huge, new pirate history exhibit in Tampa

Pity the area schoolchildren who took class trips to the Tampa Bay History Center in recent weeks. Those landlubbers missed out on piracy fun.
Published: 02/15/18
Updated: 02/18/18
The bay area's oldest home was moved overnight this week  from a neighborhood east of Ybor City to 118 S. Westland Avenue just south of Kennedy Boulevard in Tampa.  The home, built in 1842, was brought to the vacant lot in two pieces. In the photo the second story is on the right and the first is off to the left. [SKIP O'ROURKE   |   Times]

The oldest house in Tampa area has moved

TAMPA — How do you move the oldest house in the three-county area of Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco?Very carefully. Also very slowly, in pieces, and with the help of Google.More than a year after Tampa-based EquiAlt purchased the...
Published: 02/15/18
Chloe Lukasiak seen here at the Naeem Khan show at Spring Studios during Fashion Week, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in New York, will appear at the Florida State Fair this Saturday (Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP)

Dance Moms star Chloe Lukasiak to appear at Florida State Fair on Saturday

TAMPA — Chloe Lukasiak will take on a different role than she is accustomed when she stops by the Florida State Fair this weekend.After all, the 16-year-old Pennsylvania-native and resident rose to fame on Seasons 1 through 4 of Lifetime’s...
Published: 02/15/18
Cephas Gilbert, owner of the restaurant Cephas' Hot Shop in Ybor City, takes credit for much of today's chicken population in the Latin District. He claims that in the 1980s he brought 40 chickens to Ybor. [Times (2017)]

Ybor City’s free-roaming chickens may have a Jamaican grandpa

TAMPA — It turns out that saying Ybor City’s chicken population traces its roots to the district’s inaugural inhabitants may be as true as Chicken Little’s screams that the sky is falling.Ask Ybor’s pro-chicken denizens about the origins of the...
Published: 02/14/18
Suspect in Spring Hill bar shooting in custody

Suspect in Spring Hill bar shooting in custody

A suspect is in custody after a Sunday morning shooting at a Spring Hill bar that injured two patrons.According to Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis, the still-unnamed suspect was talking to a young woman at the Delirium Lounge on Mariner...
Published: 02/11/18