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Elizabeth Djinis - Editorial Writer/Digital Engagement Producer

Editorial Writer/Digital Engagement Producer

I've been fascinated with the inner workings of local governments ever since I interned at the <i>Times</i> in 2015. It was there that I first saw how something as seemingly small as curbside recycling could have a community up in arms. Since then, I've been dedicated to detailing local governments and communities for readers in some capacity — whether it's covering lengthy school board meetings or live-streaming protests. Now, on the editorial board, I'll get to do just that, focusing on the issues that affect Pinellas County. And I'll be making sure those get to you through social media and online conversations with readers. I'm only ever an email away!

  1. Orange barrels and cones will remain part of the landscape as the state continues work on the widening of Cortez Boulevard and improvements along the Suncoast Parkway and U.S. 19.
    On Tuesday, three task forces will meet to discuss the proposed new toll road corridors.
  2. Times reporter Elizabeth Djinis plays pinball at The Pinball Arcade Museum on Thursday, Aug. 01, 2019 on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg.  ALLIE GOULDING   |   Times
    A pinball arcade opened last week on St. Petersburg’s Central Avenue. We tried it out.
  3. Photo provided by the Florida Department of Transportation.
    By fall, the bridge will have 1,824 light fixtures installed, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.
  4. Chase Duke, 4, of Orlando, runs through a tidal pool while visiting Clearwater Beach with family on Friday. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times
    Many times, we don’t. But this list will at least help you more gracefully grapple with the intense heat that is living in Florida.
  5. Screenshot from Zillow listing of 742 SW Boulevard N house in St. Petersburg.
    A St. Petersburg real estate agent listed a house with a photo of it engulfed in flames.
  6. Photos from Wikimedia Commons and Times staff.
    These buildings will make you crane your neck.
  7. Hartmut Liebel , 49, from St. Petersburg, walks his dog Pete (named for St. Pete) as water laps at the sea wall at Demens Landing in St. Petersburg. DIRK SHADD |  Times (2012)
    How will you look in 40 years? How about how will the Earth look in 40 years? People took to social media to discuss this week.
  8. ANGELIQUE HERRING   |   Times
Country folk singer-songwriter John "Lutz" Ritter's "Beautiful Downtown Lutz" album cover sits on top of the table in his studio as he performed his classic song "Beautiful Downtown Lutz" at his studio on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 in St. Petersburg.
    With a population of about 20,000, Lutz would seem an unlikely topic for a radio single. And yet, it was.
  9. Times photos from archives.
    Turns out Florida is one of the biggest producers of tupelo honey. We wanted to know what else.
  10. Traffic stands still on the Howard Frankland Bridge Tuesday morning after an accident closed lanes. (TAILYR IRVINE | Times)
    These are the stretches of road that get jammed up and can add painful minutes to your commute.