Christopher Spata - Enterprise Reporter

Enterprise Reporter

I love stories about people pursuing unusual goals, and what drives them. I've written about retirees attending Santa Claus School, competitors at the World Sign Spinning Championships and an optician rebuilding old Chuck E. Cheese robots in his bedroom. I'm also looking for local culture stories, from tracing the global path plastic beads take to Tampa's Gasparilla festival, to pondering mysterious butt graffiti in downtown St. Pete. I previously worked for the Tampa Tribune and Ocala Star-Banner. I'm a rare, native-born Floridian. Florida isn't "weird," it's just more interesting.

  1. Hilleary Gramling, 28, walks her dog as she avoids a blocked sidewalk where a tree splintered due to winds from Hurricane Ian in front of a house at 2201 Fifth Ave. N on Thursday in St. Petersburg.
  2. Los veleros anclados en Roberts Bay son arrastrados por vientos de 50 mph en Venice, Florida, cuando el huracán Ian, se acercaba  a la costa oeste de Florida, el miércoles 28 de septiembre de 2022
  3. John Doyle, de New Port Richey, a la izquierda, y Paul Bidetti, de Oldsmar, reforzando una casa para la llegada del huracán cerca de la cuadra 300 de East Shore Dr. el martes, 27 de septiembre de 2022, en Oldsmar.
  4. el huracán Ian tocará tierra en Florida.
  5. A pickup truck navigates a flooded section of First Street outside of the United States Courthouse in downtown Fort Myers on Wednesday, where storm surge continued to inundate Lee County long after the eye wall passed into Central Florida.
  6. John Doyle of New Port Richey helps his friend board up his home to prepare for Hurricane Ian near the 300 block of Country Club Drive on Tuesday in Oldsmar.
  7. The Space Launch System rocket sits on the launch pad at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39B as spectators wait across the water at Rotary Riverfront Park in Titusville, hoping to see NASA's Artemis I mission launch.
  8. The Weeknd: After Hours Nightmare house features the music of the musician and goes inside his dark mind at Universal's Halloween Horror Nights.
  9. Madison Square Garden banned New York Rangers fan James Anastasio for life following his arrest.
  10. Bruce Howard, 61, of Clearwater, poses in the Nissan Altima he bought in May that has since stopped running.
  11. Ozzie Saez stands next to a Gulfstream G-IV jet once owned by Hustler publisher Larry Flynt.
  12. The Raoufi siblings, all Afghan refugees, have found work with Westminster Communities in Bradenton. From left is Suliman Raoufi, 19, Atefah, 20, Noman, 25, Venus, 21, and Omran, 18. The family is pictured here with the Westminster Point Pleasant in the background, on Monday, July 18, 2022.
  13. Illustration by Sean Kristoff-Jones
  14. Emily Rowley steers with her foot as she drives to the store on May 5, 2022 in Bradenton.
  15. Marchers protest and chant during a gun-safety march on Saturday, in St. Petersburg.
  16. Tom Cruise portrays Capt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell in a scene from "Top Gun: Maverick."
  17. Drew Garabo sits at his remote broadcasting setup in the living room of his home in Odessa, Florida on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. Garabo, who is fighting testicular cancer, has been broadcasting remotely from home during his afternoon radio show on 102.5-FM The Bone.
  18. Bobby Linn, left, demonstrates a fire starter to an unidentified browser at the Homesteading and Prepping Summit at the St. John's County Fairgrounds in Elkton, Fla. on Saturday, April 24, 2022.
  19. George, a 1-year-old Great Dane, hangs out at North Shore Dog Park last week in St. Petersburg. “George always picks up his poop,” his owner Molly said. “He’s very considerate of his neighbors.”
  20. Tampa has appeared in TV comedies often.
  21. Illustration by Sean Kristoff-Jones
  22. More than a million people each month dial a phone number to get the time and temperature, said John Lochridge, the man bringing such phone lines back from the dead.
  23. A toilet shaped like Lars Ulrich of Metallica sits in the Ripley's Believe It or Not! warehouse in Orlando.

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