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Sue Carlton - Urban Affairs Reporter

Urban Affairs Reporter

My dad always said the Carltons were thieves and cattle rustlers run out of Georgia, which makes me a bona fide Floridian going back generations. I grew up in Miami and landed in Tampa, a town that said “bland” to the world but turned out anything but, especially now as downtown seems to grow by the day. I live in an old bungalow in an old neighborhood with my husband and a very enthusiastic dog. I’ve covered everything - crime, courts, the homeless, and a parade of political characters let's just call interesting - and been an editor, too. I’ve come to love this place of outrages and injustices, history and culture, café con leche and the Deep South. Next assignment: urban affairs — how our cities are changing, and fast, and what's next for us.

  1. A look at the Tampa Riverwalk behind the Tampa Convention Center last year, when a portion of the Riverwalk closed for construction.
  2. A pedestrian walks on a sidewalk of solar panels that power the traffic signal at the intersection of Cass and Jefferson streets in downtown Tampa.
  3. Florida Aquarium president and CEO Roger Germann, standing, holds Apapori, a two-toed sloth, at the aquarium. Seated is Tampa General Hospital president and CEO John Couris, petting Reef, an African penguin. In the continuing partnership between the two well-known Tampa Bay entities, Couris was just named the aquarium's new board chairperson.
  4. Florida Gov Ron DeSantis announces the suspension of Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren at an August news conference.
  5. Marcella Videla sorts donations at Metropolitan Ministries' holiday tent in Tampa.
  6. Ousted Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren, left, and Gov. Ron DeSantis.
  7. A Tampa Police patrol car was parked outside of Lit Cigar & Martini Lounge in the days following a shooting outside the club on Oct. 9 that left one man dead and six people wounded. It was the third shooting outside of two nightclubs and a restaurant on that block, worrying residents of the North Franklin Street neighborhood in downtown Tampa
  8. Ousted Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren, left, is suing Gov. Ron DeSantis in an effort to get his job back.
  9. Lisa  and Jim Schalk at their Toffee to Go shop in South Tampa. The couple used to make toffee at home for friends and Christmas gifts. Its popularity encouraged them to open a store.
  10. Gov. Ron DeSantis announces the removal of Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren during an August news conference.
  11. Gov. Ron DeSantis announces the removal of Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren during a news conference. The question of whether DeSantis will testify about his decision to suspend Warren looms large in Warren's lawsuit challenging his ouster.
  12. Christine Burdick served as president and CEO of the nonprofit Tampa Downtown Partnership from 2002 to 2017.
  13. Gov. Ron DeSantis announces the removal of Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren at an August news conference.
  14. Max Chillura, co-founder of Chill Bros ice cream shops.
  15. Hillsborough State Attorney Susan Lopez listens in on a conference call next to her chief of staff, Gary Weisman, left.
  16. A stray called Snowflake stands in her kennel at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.
  17. Hurricane Ian damaged the sign outside the County Center building in downtown Tampa, but the Tampa Bay area ducked the full force of the deadly storm. [
  18. Beware of scammers who contact you by email or text to tell you your electricity is about to be cut off unless you pay your bill immediately.
  19. Tampa Electric Co. has decided not to shut down power to two downtown Tampa areas before the storm. However, “The situation is dynamic, and if conditions warrant, we will re-evaluate,” said spokesperson Cherie Jacobs.
  20. Florida Gov Ron DeSantis announces the suspension of Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren during a news conference at the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office administration building in Tampa.
  21. Jason Woody, president and CEO of Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research, gets the attention of a laboratory specialist working at the facility.
  22. Suspended Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren, flanked by his attorneys, speaks to reporters after a federal court hearing in Tallahassee Monday morning.
  23. Suspended Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren prepares for a CNN interview in the weeks following his Aug. 4 suspension by Gov. Ron DeSantis.
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