Lauren Peace - Pinellas County reporter

Pinellas County reporter

I’m a mountain admirer and West Virginia native, but I moved to Florida for the sunshine and because of a love of local news. Now, I report on all things Pinellas County. Whether I’m covering commission meetings or traversing our 20-something municipalities — I want to tell stories that keep power in check and amplify the voices and experiences of our residents. In my downtime, I frequent coffee shops, diners and delis on a quest to find the best egg and cheese sandwich in Tampa Bay. Got tips? Get in touch. I’m here to listen. I write for you.

  1. Los bailarines de Sones De Mexico, Josué Santos Salvador, 15, se quitan el sombrero ante Alexandra Navarro, de 17 años, durante su presentación en el mercado de agricultores hispanos de Clearwater el domingo.
  2. Sones De Mexico dancers, Josue Santos Salvador, 15 tips his hat to Alexandra Navarro, 17 during their performance at the Clearwater Hispanic Farmers market on Sunday in Clearwater.
  3. A man reported to be carrying a military-style rifle was shot and killed by Tarpon Springs Police officers Saturday night.
  4. The drug Narcan can be administered to restore breathing in the event of an overdose.
  5. Exterior of Dunedin Brewery, Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021 in Dunedin.
  6. A Hillsborough crash left one dead and two injured on Oct. 9.
  7. Toddrick Washington sits on a bench outside his home at the Stanton Apartments. Washington and his neighbors received notices on Sept. 30 that they needed to vacate their units by the end of the month.
  8. Tracy Hoel, 61, and her daughter, Caitlin Hoel, 30, (right) are pictured alongside Terry Boatner, 67, and her daughter, Melissa Caulfield, 46, on the boardwalk at the 20th Avenue beach access. There are no mobility mats to allow wheelchair access on the beach there.
  9. Paul Rae, 38, of Seminole, faces a charge of boating under the influence after Pinellas deputies say he ran his speeding boat aground on an island in the intercostal waterway in Redington Shores. He also faces federal charges in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
  10. Officers were dispatched to 66th Street N and 142nd Avenue N at approximately 4:10 a.m.
  11. The Pasco County Sheriff's Office is investigating after human remains were found in Port Richey.
  12. Bobbie Shay Lee (left) and Copley Gerdes will face-off in an election to represent District 1 on St. Petersburg City Council on Nov. 2.
  13. Pinellas County commissioners adopted a final $2.9 billion budget for the new fiscal year.
  14. The Pinellas County Commission will vote on the county budget on Tuesday.
  15. Pinellas County Administrator Barry Burton speaks to Pinellas County commissioners.
  16. Deveron Gibbons.
  17. The National Hurricane Center has upgraded a system developing in the Gulf to Tropical Storm Nicholas. The storm is expected to pass over northeastern Mexico and southern Texas late Monday.
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  20. Cynthia Johnson is the new director of Pinellas County Economic Development.