Jack Evans - Pinellas County Reporter

Pinellas County Reporter

Nothing excites me more than finding and telling a compelling, human story that illustrates a complicated issue. If you've got tips or story ideas, I want to hear them. I grew up in Tennessee, went to college at Indiana University and started at the Times shortly after graduating in spring 2018, and I love Florida and its idiosyncrasies (except the 90-degree October days). When I'm not at work, I write songs and spend too much time on Twitter. Let's talk about books and what new (or old) music you're listening to.

  1. Pinellas County Commissioner Karen Seel, left reminisces on a stack of newspaper articles with her assistant, Jan Tracy, right, while recalling memories of her tenure as a public official on Wednesday, Oct 12, 2022, in her office at the Pinellas County Courthouse in Clearwater. Seel retired in November, after more than 25 years, including more than two decades on the Pinellas County Commission.
  2. A rendering shows the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority's proposed multimodal transit center planned for downtown Clearwater. On Tuesday, the Pinellas County Commission voted to put up to $8 million toward the project, providing the last piece of funding it needs to move forward.
  3. Republican candidate Brian Scott, left, won a Pinellas County Commission seat Tuesday, while conservative candidates Dawn Peters, top right, and Stephanie Meyer won Pinellas County School Board seats.
  4. A view of the overflow debris management site at Maximo Park where debris from Hurricane Ian collected in St. Petersburg has been taken over the past month. The city is on schedule to finish debris collection next week, an administrator said.
  5. Traffic moves west on Bloomingdale Avenue during afternoon rush hour in 2019. An order by an appeals court Friday halted a local judge's nullification of the transportation sales-tax referendum on the ballot for Hillsborough voters. [LUIS SANTANA   |   Times]
  6. Pinellas County commissioner Karen Seel won this year's Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations award for Elected Official Leadership. She's set to retire in November, after a quarter-century career largely defined by her work on public infrastructure projects.
  7. Jennifer Fields of Largo holds signs in opposition to referendum 2 near the corner of Missouri Avenue and East Bay Drive in Largo on Saturday.
  8. First-time candidate Brian Scott, left, faces incumbent Pat Gerard in a Pinellas County Commission race that has broken fundraising records and will determine which party holds the majority on the board.
  9. The for rent sign in front of a home on the corner of 3rd Street N and 8th Avenue N on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022 in St. Petersburg.
  10. The city said Wednesday that a "cybersecurity incident" had prevented access to city emails and some online services.
  11. Hurricane Ian damaged the sign outside the County Center building in downtown Tampa, but the Tampa Bay area ducked the full force of the deadly storm. [
  12. Tony Simpson, of Valrico, right, helps his neighbor, Michael Zeman, get his vehicles and trailer out of a flooded road near the 4400 block of River Drive on Friday.
  13. The uprooted Wishing Tree in the Dali Museum garden that was pushed over by strong winds from Hurricane Ian on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022 in St. Petersburg. Winds have uprooted the ficus tree several times since it was planted in 2011.
  14. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri was direct in offering advice to residents in the face of Hurricane Ian: "Get out right now."
  15. Pinellas County Administrator Barry Burton said the reduction of the county-wide property tax rate for the next year — approved with the next year's budget by the Board of County Commissioners on Thursday — marked just the second time in 35 years that the rate has been lowered two years in a row.
  16. An aerial view of the Howco Environmental Services plant, on 43rd Street S between 8th Ave S and 9th Ave S, and other parts of St. Petersburg's Childs Park industrial corridor, with homes in the neighborhood pictured in the background in February. After the city and neighborhood association's awareness-raising campaign about persistent odors associated with the corridor, State Sen. Darryl Rouson has called for a state investigation into the source of the smells and increased air-quality monitoring.
  17. Fort De Soto Park's beach could soon be cigarette-free, should Pinellas County Commissioners move forward with a ban on smoking on the beach and dunes.
  18. This home at 1414 Tallahassee Drive in Tarpon Springs was purchased last year and has an estimated market value of $300,711. The owners face a $5,106 tax bill, well more than twice as much as the owners of the similar-sized and valued house on the block behind theirs that was purchased in 2012. The difference comes courtesy of the way Florida calculates property taxes on primary residences.
  19. The home at 1121 23rd Ave N. (left) and the home at 1111 23rd Ave N. (right) in St. Petersburg are similarly sized at under 1,000-square-feet, but have vastly different property tax bills. The house at 1121 has a market value of $281,553 and has a proposed tax bill of $4809.26. The home at 1111 has a market value of $274,230 and has a proposed tax bill of $772.82.
  20. A tropical disturbance in the Atlantic Ocean has a 40% chance of developing into a depression by the middle of the week, according to the National Hurricane Center.
  21. One person was killed and two injured in an early Saturday morning shooting on N Nebraska Avenue, Tampa police said.
  22. Two tropical disturbances, one in the Atlantic and one in the Caribbean, have low odds of developing, meteorologists said Saturday.
  23. New Hillsborough County State Attorney Susan Lopez, right, told staff last week that she was reversing a presumption of non-prosecution policy established by her ousted predecessor, Andrew Warren. Some experts and local leaders worry the change, which regards nonviolent misdemeanors, will disproportionately affect poor people and people of color.

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