Sue Carlton, Columnist

Sue Carlton


My dad always said the Carltons were thieves and cattle rustlers run out of Georgia, which makes me a bona fide Floridian going back generations. I grew up in Miami and landed in Tampa, a town that said “bland” to the world but turned out anything but. I live in an old bungalow in an old neighborhood with my husband and a very enthusiastic dog. I’ve covered everything - crime, courts, the homeless. I’ve come to love this place of outrages and injustices, history and culture, Deep South and café con leche, downtown growing up and a parade of political characters let’s just call interesting. And lucky me, I get to write about all of it three days a week.

How is a tax battle like a fight for civil rights? And other news

Hillsborough County Commissioner Stacy White. [CHRIS URSO | Times]
A commissioner compares a tax fight to civil rights, a journalist awaits his fate, and on Gasparilla groping allegations, nothing but crickets.

Carlton: What happened to David Straz?

Philanthropist David Straz wants to be Tampa's next mayor.  [TAILYR IRVINE   |   Times]
The mayoral candidate will attend few forums so voters can learn about him. What happened to the civic-minded guy we once knew?

A good lesson: Pasco schools won't cave on transgender protections

About 100 people came to this 2018 meeting to talk to the Pasco County School Board about policies on transgender students. This week, school officials refused to cave to pressure. [JEFFREY S. SOLOCHEK / Times]
What a great lesson for kids: Pasco schools refuse to cave to conservative pressure against sensible policies for transgender students.

Carlton: Thought there were two winners in the mayor's race? Ha.

Yes, David Straz made the run-off. But he’s failed to mount a serious campaign and throws out accusations of corruption and a bloated budget without much back-up.  [TAILYR IRVINE | Times]
Jane Castor and David Straz made the runoff for Tampa mayor, but we have plenty of other winners and losers in the mix.

Gasparilla 'season' not just for pirates anymore

Mondo Cozmo performed at Tampa’s eclectic Gasparilla Music Festival in 2018. The festival is back this weekend. [JAY CRIDLIN | Times (2018))
Get ready: Tampa officially has a “season” well beyond bankers and lawyers dressed as pillaging pirates.