Paul Guzzo, Times Staff

Paul Guzzo

Times Staff

I am a general assignment reporter with specific and varying niches – the local film industry, U.S.-Cuba relations, Tampa history, professional wrestling and the odd and unique people who make up this area. I have been a journalist in Tampa since 1999. In my younger years, I was also an independent filmmaker best known for an award-winning documentary on Charlie Wall, Tampa’s first crime lord. At home, I am married to a woman who is way out of my league and a father of four kids who have diverse career goals – engineer, veterinarian, ballerina, and a “fighting ninja.” As opposed to a pacifist ninja.

Did Al Capone use a secret tunnel under downtown St. Petersburg for smuggling?

Scott M. Deitche, author and mafia historian, takes a photograph in a tunnel under the sidewalk of the historic Snell Arcade building.  Deitch believes the tunnel may have served illicit purposes during Prihibition. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
As with the tunnels of Ybor City, originally built to serve as sewers, the passage in downtown St. Petersburg may have started with a practical purpose.

Government Spring was a cradle of downtown development. But where is it?

The historic Government Spring was one of downtown Tampa's first sources of fresh water. It was probably was within the vicinity of 1240 E 5th ave and 1309 6th Avenue in the Ybor City, but the exact location is still being debated.
[OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
A still-unsolved mystery centers on the location of the Government Spring, one of downtown Tampa's first sources of fresh water.

Two-alarm fire extinguished by Hillsborough Fire Rescue

Hillsborough County firefighters battled a two-alarm fire at the Trademark Metals Recycling Facility on Sunday morning.[Photo courtesy of Hillsborough County Fire Rescue]
Crews from Hillsborough County Fire Rescue responded to a call at the Trademark Metals Recycling Facility on Port Sutton Road.

Hillsborough County says changes at Beer Can Island violate code

A floating tiki bar can be seen last month on popular boating destination known as Beer Can Island. BRONTE WITTPENN   |   Times]
Since the property has no zoning designation,“no activity is permitted,” according to a notice of violation sent to the owners.

Steinbrenner grandson to produce two films and a web series in Hillsborough

Robert Molloy, the grandson of George Steinbrenner, will be the executive producer for two movies and one television series in Hillsborough County next year. [JAMES BORCHUCK  |  Times]
The Steinbrenner family has brought seven World Series rings to New York. But can they bring an Oscar to Hillsborough County? The Hillsborough County Commission on Thursday approved to..