Monique Welch - Pinellas County regional news reporter

Pinellas County regional news reporter

Since 2017, I’ve been a staff writer and editorial assistant in the Times’ Tampa bureau, producing the weekly Everybody’s Business column, which focuses on businesses coming and going in the South and Central Tampa area. I love to shop, dine at different restaurants and check out new places in the area just as much as I love writing about them. Now I've crossed the bridge to cover all the latest happenings in the Pinellas County community, answer your questions about the highways and byways of the Tampa Bay area, and contribute to many of the Times' new emerging platforms. You can hear me deliver local news weekly on iheartradio's 95.7 The Beat and on The Tampa Bay Times- Flash Briefing channel on your Amazon Alexa device.

  1. Neeld-Gordon Garden Center, open at this location since 1925, is closing on Sept. 28.
    The development of Pinellas County and the arrival of the big box stores helped hasten the store’s demise.
  2. A study found that two of the worst intersections in the country for running red lights are in the Tampa Bay area.
    Two intersections are among the worst for running red lights
  3. Sep. 16• Pinellas
    Ele Fox, Kiwanis Club of Dunedin member, and Joe Mackin, president of the Dunedin Cares Food Pantry are pictured in front of the case of meals they received to be distributed to families in need in the Dunedin area. Photo Courtesy of Stephanie Bessette.
    Local Kiwanis clubs supply food in service project
  4. Sep. 16• Pinellas
    Cleo. Photo courtesy of Friends of Stray Animal Shelter.
    Meet Cleo.
  5. Sep. 16• Pinellas
    On Aug. 3, members of local nonprofit, The Brian Bill Foundation, participated in the 31Miles for 31Heroes walk in Washington to honor fallen soldiers.
    Elks attend D-Day anniversary
  6. Runners move across the Sunshine Skyway Bridge during the Skyway 10K race in March. LUIS SANTANA   |   Times
    The second annual race sold out within minutes, so now organizers take a different approach to registration.
  7. Sep. 10• Pinellas
    Meet Notty, Addy, Lenny, Lady, and Emory, four All American mixed breed pups. Courtesy of Pet Pal Animal Shelter
    A litter of puppies are available.
  8. A reader asked the Doc what’s the purpose of the re-striping and lane shifts along the northbound direction of I-275 at the airport and Kennedy Blvd. exit.
    A reader wants to know the purpose of the lane shifts along northbound Interstate 275 by the airport and Kennedy/Westshore Boulevard exit
  9. Sep. 6• Pinellas
    St. Petersburg Elks Lodge 1224 donates more than $600 of school supplies to Azalea and Westgate Elementary Schools. Pictured from left to right is lodge  member, Debby Schmid, Exalted Ruler, Dawn Elaine Lieber and family/community liasion, Yaritza Ramos. Photo courtesy of St. Petersburg Elks Lodge 1224
    St. Petersburg Elks Lodge donates school supplies