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Gabrielle Calise -  Offbeat Florida, Local Personalities and Nostalgia Reporter

Offbeat Florida, Local Personalities and Nostalgia Reporter

I’m proud to be a reporter for the Life & Culture team at my hometown paper. My favorite stories explore Florida history and provide context for local oddities, but I also report on culture news, interesting people in the area and trends. I launched our community reporting project Florida Wonders and write stories that answer reader-submitted questions about the Tampa Bay area. Before I joined the Tampa Bay Times as an intern on the digital team, I graduated from the University of Florida in 2018 and was a journalism fellow in Germany through the RIAS Berlin exchange program. When I’m not poking around in the Times’ archives, I can be found embroidering something or eating baked goods.

  1. The McDonald's restaurant, at 347 S Gulfview Blvd on Clearwater Beach, is among the “nonstandard” locations.
  2. The cast of 'Tampa Baes,' Amazon Studios' upcoming docuseries about lesbians living in the Tampa Bay area.
  3. De izquierda: Danielle Rappahahn, Josh Rappahahn, Jennifer Vásquez y Chantel Vásquez. Las parejas del área de Tampa Bay que aparecen en el nuevo programa de TLC, "You, Me & My Ex".
  4. On the left is "The Sun on The Edge," a sculpture on 11th Street N and Central Ave N, St. Petersburg. On the right is artist Ilan Averbuch.
  5. Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Alex Killorn drives a jet ski while holding the Stanley Cup as teammate Nikita Kucherov gestures to the crowd while celebrating the Lightning’s Stanley Cup victory with a boat parade Monday, July 12, 2021 in Tampa.
  6. From Left: Danielle Rappahahn, Josh Rappahahn, Jennifer Vasquez and Chantel Vasquez. The Tampa Bay-area couples are featured on TLC's new show, "You, Me & My Ex."
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady is seen on a boat with family and friends. Thousands of fans lined up on the banks of the Hillsborough River to celebrate the boat parade of the Super Bowl LV champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021 in Tampa.
  8. Coors Light Champions Ice was brewed using ice shavings scraped up by Tampa Bay Lightning players during Game 1.
  9. Ready or not, dating is back.
  10. Miki Sudo, 35, and fiance Nick Wehry, 32, are internationally renowned competitive eaters. They moved to the Tampa Bay area earlier this year.
  11. Dustin School, 39, of Parrish and Steven Hammer, 42, of Brandon pose for a photo as fans gather outside of Amalie Arena as the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the New York Islanders on June 25, 2021.
  12. A screenshot of the Blue Alert sent out on June 24, 2021.
  13. Theo Severson, 43, and Chris Wood, 45, are the DJ pair behind Emo Night Tampa. The duo now has an emo radio show on WMNF.
  14. Michael Horn stars as John Lerro, the harbor pilot in control of the ship that destroyed the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in 1980, in Mayday: Captain Lerro and the Skyway Bridge. The world premiere of the one-person play takes place June 25 and 26 at thestudio@620.
  15. New sculpture on Central Ave, St. Pete. on June 20, 2021
  16. This May 18, 2017 photo shows Siesta Beach on Siesta Key in Sarasota, Fla.
  17. An interior look at Flower Crown Kombucha, 1607 N Franklin St, on Thursday, March 11, 2021 in Tampa. 
Flower Crown Kombucha is Tampa's first kombucha tap room. It opened in January 2021 in the former Tampa Heights Foundation Coffee location.
  18. A public piano located under the I-275 overpass on Central Avenue was recently painted in rainbow colors during Pride month, Monday, June 7, 2021 in St. Petersburg.
  19. Exterior of Haslam's Book Store on Central Avenue on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019 in St. Petersburg.
  20. Roy Leep and his dog Scud on set at WTVT during the 1990s.
  21. Customers browse the vinyl at Daddy Kool Records in St. Petersburg.
  22. "Big Mike" Lewis was a fixture in the Tampa Bay music scene for over three decades. He died May 11 after testing positive for the coronavirus.
  23. Tampa International Airport is raffling off an opportunity to be the voice of the airport shuttles for the entire month of July. The contest is a fundraiser for United Way Suncoast.