Paul Guzzo - Tampa Bay LIfe Reporter

Tampa Bay LIfe Reporter

I am the reporter who found the lost segregation-era all-black Zion Cemetery. My unique beat also includes the local film industry, 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 father of four kids who have diverse career goals – engineer, veterinarian, ballerina, and a “fighting ninja,” as opposed to a pacifist ninja.

  1. A grave marker in Tampa's Oaklawn Cemetery for a lynching victim.
A group of local elected officials, historians, pastors and civil rights leaders want to erect a monument honoring all Hillsborough County's racial lynching victims. [Paul Guzzo | Times]
  2. Locals once believed a Tampa man lived to be over 130 years old. [Times (1915)]
  3. Seminole Heights Baptist Church has requested permission from the city of Tampa to demolish their building. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
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  5. In November, Muhammad Abdur-Rahim pointed out the location of where he believed was a former African-American cemetery on Frank Crum Staffing's campus located at 100 S. Missouri Ave. in Clearwater.  Archaeologists have confirmed that graves from that cemetery are still there. [JAMES BORCHUCK  |  Times]
  6. Aerial photo of where the city of Tampa has hired archaeologists to search empty swaths of the all-black century-old Memorial Park Cemetery for lost graves. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  7. La tropicana cierra sus puertas. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  8. La Tropicana Cuban Cafe is seen Tuesday in Tampa. The restaurant that opened in 1963 has closed its doors in the Ybor City of Tampa. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  9. Eric Carrasquillo, 35, the general manager of Butter's Burgers, 777 N Ashley Drive, Tampa, on Tuesday. Butter's Burgers bar and restaurant opened March 13th, just days before it would be forced to close because of the pandemic. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  10. Rhonda Shear has returned to her talk show host roots and started the “Rhonda Shear’s Social Distancing Social Hour” show. [Courtesy of Rhonda Shear]
  11. David Eliasson, 48, Tampa, owner of Snack Attack Vending, has seen his sales shrink 50 percent since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. He services 250 accounts around Tampa Bay. He poses at home May 19, 2020, with his van that carries his inventory snacks and drinks [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  12. The house at 5169 10th Ave. N, St. Petersburg, was Jack Kerouac's home in his final years. [Times (2017)]
  13. Andrew Arena, one-half of Tampa's beloved Arena twins singing duo, is dead at 88. [Courtesy of the Arena family]
  14. Cinematographer Nick Matthews, left, is on the main camera while on the location set of "Black Veil" in downtown Plant City in January. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
  15. A view of a creek behind Pemberton Creek Drive in Seffner, where a great battle might have been fought between the Seminole Tribe and the U.S. military during the Seminole Wars. Its exact location has long been unknown. Author Jeff Hough believes he found the spot. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
  16. This 1950 Tampa Tribune article reports on how law enforcement arrested Ybor City ax murderer Victor Licata who escaped a mental institution five years earlier. The story of Licata might now be made into a feature film. [Times (1950)]
  17. With Seventh Avenue more empty than ever due to coronavirus precautions, the chickens that normally avoid the busy area are now frequenting Ybor's main thoroughfare. A family of chickens is seen in front of Acropolis Greek Taverna on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 in Ybor City. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  18. Ybor City's Ritz Theatre is among the 61 historic Tampa movie theaters Kelly Hickman has documented the history of. Only downtown's Tampa Theatre is still used for its original purpose. The others have been razed or repurposed. [Courtesy of the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System]
  19. Paul Hornbuckle's car rests where it skidded to a stop just 14 inches from the edge of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, which was struck by the freighter Summit Venture on May 9, 1980 [Times (1980)]
  20. Last December, an anonymous donor dropped two ancient Greek gold coins into a red kettle outside the Publix located across the street from Plant High School. [Courtesy of Heritage Auctions]
  21. Tammy and Daniel Roebuck used their vast assortment of monster collectibles as the backdrop for a television pilot they filmed while quarantined at home. [Courtesy of Tammy Roebuck]
  22. Kurt Schleicher talks about finding possible axe cuts in the window frame at his home in Ybor City. In 1933 Victor Licata murdered his family with an ax in the home where Schleicher now lives, located at 1707 E 5th Avenue in the Ybor City neighborhood in Tampa, Florida. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Special to the Times]
  23. Surrogate pregnancy case manager Katie Faust holds a baby born through a surrogate who was her client. The baby's parents, also her clients, live in China and cannot unite with their newborn due to coronavirus-related travel restrictions. With Faust are her husband Brandon holding their youngest daughter Emery, middle daughter Gray and oldest son Maddix. [Courtesy of Katie Faust]
  24. Grey skies did not stop tens of thousands of people from attending the MacDill Air Force Base 2018 AirFest as they watch the world famous U.S. Navy Blue Angels perform. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times (2018)]