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Shauna Muckle - Business Reporter

Business Reporter

I'm a proud native Oregonian and a business journalism and politics major at Washington and Lee University, where I'm editor-in-chief of our campus newspaper. This is my second summer covering all things business in Florida, and it's my mission to dig into the intersection of business and government (resident policy nerd here!). During my time off, you'll likely find me sprinting around Florida's theme parks (they're why I keep coming back), reading a book near the water or sipping as much bubble tea as I can stomach.

  1. An aerial drone view looking north towards downtown Tampa showing the condominiums and buildings along Bayshore Boulevard on Friday, Aug. 18, 2023 in Tampa.
  2. Algene Hopkins, the widow of Moton Hopkins, stands outside her home in Ocala on Aug. 24. Her husband applied for a license to grow and sell medical marijuana in Florida. That quest was interrupted by his death in April 2022.
  3. A camera is seen on the helmet of Connor Walker, an assistant superintendent for Suffolk, as he walks a floor Aug. 9 in St. Petersburg. The OpenSpace app connects to the camera and takes pictures as Walker walks the job site at The Residences at 400 Central.
  4. Paige Paddock and Erin Matozel walk past an image of the the Rays’ Wander Franco that remains on a fence outside of Ferg's Sports Bar in downtown St. Petersburg. Franco is on the restricted list through at least Sunday as the MLB and authorities in his native Dominican Republic investigate whether he possibly had a relationship with one or more minors.
  5. Brendon Douglass, owner of Alien Air, shows a Freon meter on a broken outdoor A/C unit at a home in Gulfport on Aug. 17. The unit had been leaking Freon until it had none of the cooling ingredient left, he said, teeing up a costly repair.
  6. Justin Arnold, a medical director at the Florida Poison Information Center in Tampa, right, shows products that contain tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, during a roundtable discussion on hemp at Tampa General Hospital on Wednesday. Reports of children accidentally ingesting THC have spiked in recent years, he said.
  7. Christian Schultze, an employee at St. Petersburg's Valkyrie Donuts, serves a customer Aug. 4. Traffic has plummeted in the last two months, owner Celine Beltgens said.
  8. Aug. 13, 2023• Breaking News
    The case is under investigation. Plant City Police encourage anyone with information to call Sergeant Gerald Baker at 813-707-2271.
  9. Crews stand outside a Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office helicopter, which lifted an injured mountain biker to safety after he fell at Alafia River State Park on Saturday afternoon.
  10. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is conducting an investigation into the death of man in Hillsborough County.
  11. Surterra Therapeutics Cultivation Manager Wes Conner displays the fully grown flower of one of their marijuana plants at their north Florida facility, on the outskirts of Tallahassee, in June 2016. The second-largest medical marijuana operator has had an internal reckoning in recent years. [ Joe Rondone  | Tallahassee Democrat via AP ]
  12. Tampa Electric’s Big Bend Power Station, one of the company's three power plants, operates at 6990 Dickman Road in Apollo Beach.
  13. Moriah Barnhart wraps her arm around her 12-year-old daughter, Dahlia, on a dock in Apollo Beach. Barnhart began advocating for marijuana use after Dahlia was diagnosed with brain cancer at the age of two. This year, she led a petition with the Women's Initiative for a Safe and Equitable Florida (Wise & Free Florida) to allow caregivers and medical patients to grow marijuana at home.
  14. Tampa General Hospital and Kindred Healthcare opened the TGH Rehabilitation Hospital, an 80-bed, 80,000-square-foot freestanding rehabilitation hospital on Kennedy Boulevard, in May 2022. The hospital will soon own three Bravera Health hospitals in north Tampa Bay.
  15. Attendees browse and shop for items at vendor booths during Cannadelic Summer at The Factory and Fairgrounds in St. Petersburg. At 
 a booth run by Bliss, a vendor selling legal tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and psychedelic mushrooms, retail attendants wearing bright red mushroom hats offered samples.
  16. A police line marks off Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital's outpatient clinic in Tampa, located at 12220 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. Lithium ion batteries stored in the facility have been leaking hydrogen gas since early this morning, spurring fire risk and respiratory issues. [ CHLOE TROFATTER | Times ]
  17. Fictional worlds collided among the many cosplayers that attended MetroCon, an anime event at the Tampa Convention Center on July 14. Some attendees chose to cross-dress, sparking worries about how a Florida law restricting drag performances could impact the practice.
  18. A surgery prep and recovery floor seen at Moffitt McKinley Hospital. The new facility will offer 19 operating rooms and 128 beds when it opens at the end of this month.
  19. The AC Hotel by Marriott in Clearwater Beach opened in June 2022. Denver-based Mission Hill Hospitality closed on the property late last month.
  20. Moffitt Cancer Center’s Port Tampa Bay education center at Port Tampa Bay, Terminal 2, opened Tuesday. Its location is intended to attract traffic from cruise ships and the aquarium, said Patrick Hwu, the center's director.
  21. A drone view of the roundabout as vehicles navigate the area at the intersection of Florida Avenue and Palm Harbor Boulevard (US Alt 19) north of Clearwater. The west side of the roundabout has yet to be constructed.
  22. The fourth St. Pete 420 store opened this month. The locally-owned shop takes advantage of loopholes in federal marijuana laws to sell recreational, high-THC products that skirt around state and federal laws.
  23. A female Anopheles gambiae mosquito feeds off a human. The species is a known vector for the parasitic disease malaria. For the first time in 20 years, Florida has reported local spread of malaria.