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Paul Guzzo - General Assignment/Vintage Tampa Bay Reporter

General Assignment/Vintage Tampa Bay Reporter

I am a general assignment reporter with specific and varying niches – the local film industry, U.S.-Cuba relations, Tampa history, professional wrestling and the odd and unique people who make up this area. I have been a journalist in Tampa since 1999. In my younger years, I was also an independent filmmaker best known for an award-winning documentary on Charlie Wall, Tampa’s first crime lord. At home, I am married to a woman who is way out of my league and a father of four kids who have diverse career goals – engineer, veterinarian, ballerina, and a “fighting ninja.” As opposed to a pacifist ninja.

  1. Anthony Scarpo, 58, of Tampa, owns the diamond import company Anthony Louis Ltd. and chronicles his family's legacy of lawlessness in a new book, "La Mia Famiglia."
    The family claims to have run bookmaking and betting operations in Sulphur Springs, protected from the Trafficante family by their own posse.
  2. Ángela Alderman lleva una década buscando la tumba de su tío abuelo en College Hill. Ella posa en el sitio con una copia del certificado de defunción de su tío abuelo, Francisco Martínez, quien murió en 1917. En la parte posterior se ve el mausoleo del cementerio del Club Italiano.
    Cubanos y afroamericanos fueron enterrados en una tierra que parece ser una de las esquinas vacantes del cementerio del Club Italiano .
  3. Vacant land within the Italian Club Cemetery may the site of the lost College Hill Cemetery, listed in some 100 obituaries from 1896 through the 1930s.
    Cubans and African-Americans were once buried on land that appears to be a vacant corner of the Italian Club Cemetery.
  4. A screenshot of downtown Tampa from the Amazon Prime's "Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan." The skyline buildings are accurate but not much else is.
    The Amazon Prime series might have digitally created its own Tampa skyline.
  5. The WWE's Natalya Neidhart takes a selfie with a young fan after she performed in the first-ever female professional wrestling match held in Saudi Arabia.
    The Tampa wrestler hopes her historic match inspires girls to take new paths in a country with so many restrictions.
  6. The Corner Club Tavern that is up for sale is located in the Seminole Heights neighborhood in Tampa.
    It’s been a second home for Old Seminole Heights neighbors for around 50 years.
  7. The Blair Witch Project director Dan Myrick, left, and his production company partner Kristian Krempel on Seventh Avenue in Ybor City.
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    The production company estimates it will spend over $1 million locally
  8. This photo of a wooden schoolhouse might be the only picture that exists from Robles Pond, an African-American community north of the city of Tampa when it was established in the 1880s. It was demolished in the 1950s to make way for the all-white Robles Park Village public housing complex.
    Robles Pond was demolished to make way for whites-only housing projects.
  9. The scene where a car crashed into it at Mel's Hot Dogs, 4136 E Busch Blvd, Friday, Nov. 1, 2019 in Tampa. A car plowed into Mel's Hot Dogs yesterday with no injuries but this isn't the first time in the 46 years Mel has been opened. It happen once before about 20-25 years ago, Mel said.
    The crash narrowly missed two diners. Owner Mel Lohn wants the speed limit lowered. But this wasn’t the first time Mel’s got a drive-thru the hard way.
  10. Cephas Gilbert who has operated the Jamaican restaurant Cephas' Hot Shop in Ybor for nearly four decades is semi-retiring. Gilbert is closing his restaurant and looking to open a small juice bar on 7th Avenue to sell his aloe shakes and other healthy drinks.
    He will continue serving his iconic aloe shakes at a nearby juice bar on Seventh Avenue.