Stephanie Hayes - Columnist


When I say I’ve had almost every gig at the Tampa Bay Times, I mean it. I left my job at a mall CD store many moons ago to work here, stocking the bathroom with Lysol and distributing faxes. These days, I'm a columnist, writing on the lighter side of Tampa Bay life. Before that, I was Deputy Editor, Features, overseeing arts, entertainment and culture coverage for the Times. As a reporter, I’ve covered everything from local governments to higher education to nightlife, originated the Epilogue obituary feature and was performing arts critic. I'm a stepmom, fledgling novelist, amateur makeup artist and avid hoster of shindigs with too much food. Find me in Dunedin, coolest town in Florida.

  1. Demonstrators join hands Thursday in St. Paul, Minn. Protests have broken out over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody. [JOHN MINCHILLO  |  AP]
  2. Storm clouds pass over the Vehicle Assembly Building as the SpaceX Falcon 9, with the Crew Dragon spacecraft on top of the rocket, sits on launch pad 39-A Wednesday at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral. [DAVID J. PHILLIP  |  AP]
  3. Patrons gather at the Joy-Lan Drive In to watch a screening of Footloose on Thursday, May 22, 2020 in Dade City.  [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
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  5. NOAA satellite image of Hurricane Dorian in 2019. [AP]
  6. Don Draper catches some meditation time on Mad Men. [AMC]
  7. Delivery from Pasqually's Pizza and Wings, a GrubHub version of Chuck E. Cheese pizza. [STEPHANIE HAYES  |  Times]
  8. Rocket the Pomeranian, May 2020. [STEPHANIE HAYES  |  Times]
  9. The exterior of the Sweet Tomatoes in Palm Harbor is seen Tuesday. The company announced last week that all 97 Sweet Tomatoes nationwide will close permanently. [CHRIS URSO  |  Times]
  10. A Mother's Day haiku in the time of coronavirus. [Ashley Dye/Shutterstock]
  11. Clearwater Beach is back in business, as of Monday. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  12. The McCoy family -- Fred, Caroline, Ellie and Rose of St. Petersburg -- recreate crossing the Delaware during quarantine for coronavirus. [Fred McCoy]
  13. A usually active Beach Drive in downtown St. Petersburg is eerily quiet at around 9:30 p.m. on March 18. [BOYZELL HOSEY  |  BOYZELL HOSEY   |   Times]
  14. Fatberg, a massive pile of wipes and grease that forms a sewer blockage. [City of Tampa]
  15. The quarantine coffee table of St. Petersburg's Brittany Volk. [Brittany Volk]
  16. A Gronking to Remember by Lacey Noonan. [STEPHANIE HAYES  |  Times]
  17. Peter Cintron teaches a virtual Zumba class on Zoom during coronavirus social distancing. [Facebook]
  18. Barriers have been placed along the sea wall at North Shore Park to keep people off the beach, on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 in St. Petersburg.  [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
  19. Arrows made of blue tape show the flow of traffic on an aisle at a Publix in Clearwater. [RICHARD DANIELSON | Times]
  20. A photo of the sold-out crowd in New Jersey's MetLife Stadium, which hosted 2019's WrestleMania. [Rod Mar]
  21. Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen at the 2019 Hollywood For Science Gala held at a Private Estate on February 21, 2019 in Beverly Hills. [XAVIER COLLIN  |]
  22. A Monopoly cat rests on a Boardwalk deed next to a die and some houses at Hasbro Inc. headquarters in Pawtucket, R.I.
  23. The April full moon, the closest and largest supermoon of the year, rises between a couple spending time together Tuesday at Flora Wylie Park in St. Petersburg. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
  24. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, speaking during a news conference March 30. [WILFREDO LEE  |  AP]