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Sue Carlton - Consumer affairs reporter

Consumer 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. 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: consumer affairs — the ways we buy and consume in a world currently upside down — the scams, the trends, the way we live now.

  1. Not everyone loves being asked to donate at the register.
  2. Cal Henderson first won election as sheriff with the endorsement of his predecessor, Walter Heinrich.
  3. Cans of Neutrogena UltraSheer aerosol sunscreen.
  4. A handful of CVS Pharmacies now offer in-store, in-person mental health counseling.
  5. Florida enjoys its boats, like these hanging out by a sandbar near the popular John's Pass.
  6. Danielle Ferrari at her Seminole Heights store called Valhalla, where members borrow clothes and have their own "glam squad,"  as one customer put it, on the hunt for items they might like.
  7. Owner Jennifer Hill works at her Peterbrooke Chocolatier shop in downtown Tampa. She opened in the middle of the pandemic.
  8. Some Tampa Bay Lightning fans hoping to be in the stands for the Stanley Cup Finals may experience some sticker shock at ticket prices.
  9. The Cincinnati-based Kroger grocery store chain, the largest in America, now delivers in Tampa, Jacksonville and Orlando.
  10. Don't leave that cash you just got at the bank in your car. You might be a victim of "bank jugging," according to local law enforcement.
  11. Ashley T Brundage, a transgender woman who worked her way up from bank teller to national vice president of diversity and inclusion for PNC Bank, speaks June 18 at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts as part of Pride Month on the theme: Empowering Differences Through Photography.
  12. The SPCA Tampa Bay is waiving adoption fees for a week for guinea pigs like this one, called Butters, and other pocket pets.
  13. Due to supply chain issues, some of your favorite Starbucks beverages may not be available. Blame the pandemic.
  14. Beware of scammers hoping to commit Medicare fraud.
  15. James F. "Jim" Urbanski, right, with wife Ann, marking his 50th year in Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla at the coronation ball in 2018.
  16. The setting sun on Clearwater Beach is always a crowd-pleaser.
  17. Saigon Bay Vietnamese Restaurant on Fowler Avenue in Tampa was badly damaged in protests over the death of George Floyd last year.
  18. Emails saying they'll pay you big bucks to opine about a store or bank are filling up inboxes.
  19. Just before the pandemic hit, Amalie Arena — where the Lightning hockey team plays — was the site of a massive ball pit of 1.2 million anti-microbial balls.
  20. Kojak's House of Ribs occupies a 1920's era house nestled under huge moss draped oak trees on Gandy Boulevard.
  21. A mockingbird perches in a Brazilian pepper tree in St. Petersburg.
  22. Dylan Frechette, 33, hands breakfast to Ashleigh Vega, 35, from his one-man breakfast trailer he calls Yolk, White & Associates at his regular spot on Ashley Drive at the Riverwalk's MacDill Park. Vega, a paralegal, works nearby and comes by with co-workers two or three days a week. “My whole office adores his food and him,” she said.
  23. CBD oil in a bottle with dropper Friday, May 7, 2021 in St. Petersburg.