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Jake Piazza - Former Life & Culture Reporter

Former Life & Culture Reporter

I like to tell stories. Whether it’s with a pen or a computer, my goal is to write all the stories I can that share what’s going on in the region. I can’t wait to hear from locals about anything and everything going on under the Florida sun. When I’m not typing away, you can find me at the beach or on the golf course. I’m new to the area, but this is a community that I am eager to work in and write about.

  1. At American Stage in St. Petersburg, playwright Natalie Symons and director Chris Crawford observe rehearsals of Symon’s play, "The People Downstairs," which was to debut in March 2020 but was put on hold due to the pandemic.
  2. Kevin Lilly, 40, is the co-founder of Ride for Music and will be doing a 1,411 mile bike ride from Tampa Bay to Nashville for a charity event for band road crews.
  3. Jim LeBlanc, 74, removes the lanyard from the bell following the sunset at Pass-a-Grille Beach in St. Pete Beach.
  4. Erica Jourdain stands with her handmade Lightning logo at the 2021 Stanley Cup parade.
  5. Patrons of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay walk from a parking lot to the park’s entrance on Monday, Aug. 2, 2021, in Tampa. Masks and mask mandates are once again being discussed as the Delta variant continues to spread throughout communities across the country and in Florida. According to federal data, Florida had 71,948 new COVID-19 cases in the five-day span from Saturday to Wednesday.
  6. Roxanne Weir and Harold Weir, of Utah, greet Brooke, 22, and David Broxterman, 62, of Lakeland, while dressed as characters from “Star Trek: The Original Series” at the Tampa Bay Comic Convention at the Tampa Covention Center on Saturday, July 31, 2021. “Thank you commander,” the Weirs’ told her.
  7. Melissa and Carla with two of their daughters, ---, at a Rays game on Tuesday.
  8. The space at 22 South, the new food hall inside the historic Manhattan Casino, has closed.
  9. From left, Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones perform at the Rose Bowl on Aug. 22, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif.
  10. Customers shop for comics, artwork, memorabilia and apparel at the Tampa Bay Comic Convention in 2013.
  11. John Cena made a glorious return to WWE Sunday night. (Jonathan Bachman/AP Images for WWE, File)
  12. Stanley the giraffe was born the same night as the Tampa Bay Lightning won their second Stanley Cup in a row.
  13. A kitten up for fostering on Monday, July 5, 2021 at the Humane Society in Tampa.
  14. Slow-cooked oxtail with rice and peas and sweet plantains is served at Irie Mon Jamaican Grill, one of several restaurants at 22 South, the new food hall inside the historic Manhattan Casino in St. Petersburg.
  15. 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 in Tampa.
  16. 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.
  17. Katie Kenney, center, restocks Tampa Bay Lightning 2021 Stanley Cup championship shirts inside a Tampa Bay Sports store at Amalie Arena.
  18. Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) leads his team around the ice as he hoists the Stanley Cup after the Lightning shutout the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals at Amalie Arena on Wednesday.
  19. Members of the St. Pete Float Fleet make their way toward the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg after a brief stop near Albert Whitted Airport during their weekly Thursday ride.
  20. Tampa Bay Lightning celebrate their 1-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens to win the Stanley Cup Wednesday, July 7, 2021 in Tampa. For the second year in a row the Lightning are able to hoist the coveted Stanley Cup.
  21. Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Pat Maroon (14) takes pictures of the crowd while celebrate the Lightning’s 1-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens Wednesday, July 7, 2021 in Tampa.
  22. Yung Gravy on the center ice display before the puck drops as the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Florida Panthers in the first period of game four of the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena on Saturday, May 22, 2021 in Tampa.
  23. Bolt was on track to become a guide dog until early stages of cataracts prevented him from completing the program.