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Allison Ross - State Accountability Reporter

State Accountability Reporter

My role as state accountability reporter means I get to look at what is and isn’t working in the Sunshine State and how that impacts the people who live in it. What happens here affects me and my family, so I won’t pull punches when I see a problem. If you’ve got a story to tell or an idea to share, I’m here to listen. I’m not a native Floridian, but this is my second stint living in this state. I used to work in South Florida at the Palm Beach Post and later at Bankrate. Before joining the Times in 2019, I spent time in Louisville, Kentucky, where I covered education and was part of the investigative unit at the Courier Journal. Reach out to me sometime; I’m always looking for tips.

  1. Vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine are pictured on a table as nurses prepared to vaccinate residents and staff at Gulf Shore Care Center on Dec. 18 in Pinellas Park.
  2. Frascos de la vacuna Pfizer-BioNTech en una mesa mientras las enfermeras se preparan para vacunar a los residentes y al personal en Gulf Shore Care Center, el viernes 18 de diciembre de 2020 en Pinellas Park.
  3. Vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine are pictured on a table as nurses prepared to vaccinate residents and staff at Gulf Shore Care Center, Friday, Dec. 18, 2020 in Pinellas Park.
  4. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a COVID-19 testing site, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, outside Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. First responders and people over 65 years-old began receiving the COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday during a trial run of the site which will open to seniors at a later date. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
  5. OnSite Safe Nurse Joan Diehl prepares COVID-19 vaccinations at the Strawberry Festival Fairgrounds, one of the vaccination distrubition sites in Hillsborough County, in Plant City on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021.
  6. Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a COVID-19 testing site on Wednesday outside Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. The governor has used news conferences to make various announcements about coronavirus vaccines, but many say the approach has left local officials and the public confused about the rollout.
  7. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, right rear, watches as Carlos Dennis, left, 65, rolls up his sleeve so that Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue paramedic, Capt. Javier Crespo, can administer a COVID-19 vaccine shot, Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
  8. Ramon Docobo, Asst. Director of the Pharmacy carries the COVID-19 vaccine Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
  9. Patient Lagretta Lenker receives her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from nurse Mary Ellen Chacon on Dec. 30, 2020. Tampa General Medical Group, of the physician practices of Tampa General Hospital, begins administering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to patients, ages 65 and over and those with severe co-morbid conditions making them more vulnerable to COVID-19.
  10. Vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine are pictured on a table as nurses prepared to vaccinate residents and staff at Gulf Shore Care Center, Friday, Dec. 18, 2020 in Pinellas Park.
  11. John Klinefelter, right, a division chief for Clearwater Fire & Rescue, receives a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Tuesday as Pinellas health officials started giving doses to first responders.
  12. Committee Chairman Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks during a Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship hearing to examine implementation of Title I of the CARES Act, Wednesday, June 10, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Al Drago/Pool via AP)
  13. Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Friday that residents and caregivers at Pinellas County nursing homes will be among the first in Florida to receive the coronavirus vaccine. DeSantis made the announcement Friday during a roundtable event on mental health at the Tampa Firefighter's Museum. Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis, right, was also in attendance.
  14. Drivers are seen in line for COVID-19 testing at Raymond James Stadium Thursday in Tampa. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor said it’s likely large testing sites like Raymond James Stadium will eventually convert to give out the vaccine.
  15. A test is administered at the drive-thru COVID-19 testing site on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, at the Ruth Eckerd Hall parking lot in Clearwater. The site location, which has been open for a couple weeks, was chosen to provide closer access to residents living and working in northern and central Pinellas County, according to county leaders.
The site is supervised through a partnership between BayCare, Pinellas County, the City of Clearwater, the Florida Department of Health Pinellas County (FDOH), and Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  16. Zukell Bellamy, 18, Latanya Sutton, 36, and Aston Sutton, 9, pose for a portrait outside their home in Plant City on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. "They mean everything," the mother said of her eight children. "They're the reason why I'm here today."
  17. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Kimberly Guilfoyle smile as President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Orlando Sanford International Airport, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, in Sanford, Fla.
  18. Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections workers Wendy Grimes, left, and Alexandra Pena-Rosado, right, count votes during a post election vote audit, Friday, November 13, in Largo. The audit checked the election of East Lake Tarpon Special Control District Seat 5, Precinct 628.
  19. Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections workers Wendy Grimes, left, and Alexandra Pena-Rosado, right, count votes during a post-election vote audit, Friday, Nov. 13, in Largo. The audit checked the election of East Lake Tarpon Special Control District Seat 5, Precinct 628.
  20. Voters wait in line to cast their ballot after the doors open at the Thomas "Jet" Jackson Recreation Center, 1000 28th St. S. in St. Petersburg, on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.
  21. Nov. 4, 2020• Elections
    First-time voter Javontae Collins, 21, of Clearwater, fills out his ballot, in support of Joe Biden, at Precinct #516 in the North Greenwood Recreation Complex on Election Day, Tuesday in Clearwater.
  22. Supervisor Julie Marcus updates canvassing board with the latest voter turnout numbers Tuesday, saying she was happy to see good turnout in Pinellas County.
  23. "I Voted" calcomanias  en la oficina del supervisor de elecciones del condado de Pinellas.