Sara DiNatale, Retail, Tourism and Workplace Culture Reporter

Sara DiNatale

Retail, Tourism and Workplace Culture Reporter

I’m a Buffalo native who has been thawing out in Florida since joining the Tampa Bay Times in 2015. I started as a night cops reporter in Tampa. But these days, I’m running to new grocery stores instead of crime scenes. As our retail, tourism and workplace culture reporter, I’m able to use my sleuth-shopper skill set and eye for trends combined with my favorite pastime, telling stories. I search out topics I know will resonate with readers and get them thinking or talking. I’m a coupon clipper, yogi novice and eyeglasses enthusiast. You’ll rarely spot me on the weekend without my mini schnauzer, Addy, in tow. We’re regulars at St. Petersburg’s Dog Bar and the area’s several dog parks. So feel free to say hi or give us a news tip. Addy gives great high-fives.

Walmart to end 'savings catcher' app that's made avid users hundreds of dollars in credits

CHRIS URSO   |   TimesPatrons enter and exit the Walmart Supercenter located at 1505 N. Dale Mabry Highway Tuesday, May 17, 2016 in Tampa.
Retailer says it will no longer have an automatic price-match tool because its prices 'win most often.'

Floridians prefer curbside pickup to grocery delivery, survey shows

Publix employee Jackie Ortegon, 52, of Tampa, scans grocery items in the dairy section during the grand opening of the University of South Florida campus Publix in December. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]
The survey found 24 percent of Floridians have picked up prepared grocery orders.

Weather is more likely to cancel your flight from Tampa than the FAA's Boeing order

The scene as travelers make their way through Airside C at Tampa International Airport earlier this month. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
The only flights canceled at Tampa International Airport Thursday were due to severe weather in other parts of the country.

Brutal winter brings spring breakers to St. Pete Beach and Clearwater in droves

Beachgoers crowd along sand and surf Tuesday in Clearwater Beach. With heavy crowds of college spring-breakers and the annual influx of northern part-time residents, Visit St. Pete/Clearwater projects this could be the first month ever the county collects $10 million in bed tax dollars. [CHRIS URSO | Times]
Tampa Bay’s flood of visitors could mean a record-breaking month for the tourism industry.

Tampa International Airport: Three flights canceled by FAA order to ground Boeing's 737 MAX planes

Tampa International Airport. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
Tampa Bay's largest airport says less than 5 percent of its daily operations are affected by FAA order.