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. Mayor Jane Castor greets onlookers during the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. parade in Tampa last year. The mayor has had some stumbles in her first term, but Black leaders mostly praise her willingness to listen to their concerns.
  2. Tampa City Council member Lynn Hurtak looks at election results on a cell phone during a watch party at the Corner Club in Seminole Heights on election night.
  3. Tom Brady for mayor? That's what some Tampa voters wanted on Election Day.
  4. Ashly Anderson, urban designer, on the Tampa Riverwalk.
  5. Jon Luke Carlson, 12, left, hugs his father District 4 Tampa City Council incumbent Bill Carlson, right, after polls close on Election Day at an election results watch party at Pane Rustica restaurant in Tampa on Tuesday, March 7, 2023.
  6. The Firestone auto shop on what was then Lafayette Street in Tampa, later named Kennedy Boulevard.
  7. Vincent Saladino, left, walks goldendoodle Chuchi with Jon Masiello along Tampa's popular Riverwalk.
  8. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, left, and her partner, Ana Cruz, walk the tarmac prior to the arrival of President Joe Biden at Tampa International Airport in February. Cruz, a lobbyist at Ballard Partners, is often by Castor's side at political events.
  9. Suspended Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren speaks to reporters before a federal court hearing in Tallahassee in November. Warren on Wednesday took his case to the Florida Supreme Court, filing a petition arguing that since the federal judge ruled that Gov. Ron DeSantis' reasons for removing him were illegal, he should be returned to office.
  10. Andrew Warren, left, was removed as Hillsborough County's state attorney last fall by Gov. Ron DeSantis.
  11. A rendering of the planned apartments in historic Tampa Heights.
  12. Sam Chambers works the front desk at the Asher high-rise at Water Street Tampa.
  13. Michelle Faedo’s Tampeño Cuisine when it was open in Tampa's Encore development downtown. Times (2019)
  14. Wine bottles sit on racks at the Wine Exchange Bistro & Wine Bar in Hyde Park Village.
  15. The Jose Gasparilla pirate ship carries members of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla en route to the Tampa Convention Center during the Gasparilla Invasion Saturday.
  16. Suspended Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren talks about an email he sent to Gov. Ron DeSantis Wednesday asking to be reinstated.
  17. Jan. 21• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Former State Attorney Andrew Warren walks toward the podium for a news conference Friday.
  18. Former State Attorney Andrew Warren speaks during a news conference Friday, Jan. 20, 2023 in Tampa. U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle ruled that DeSantis violated the state constitution when he suspended Warren but stopped short of returning Warren to office.
  19. A gate secures the water side area of Tampa's cruise ship Terminal 2.
  20. Consumers are noticing their sunny-side ups have gotten pricier.
  21. Suspended Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren poses for a picture with Tampa resident Julia Jackson just before the parade gets started Monday.
  22. A lionfish swims at an exhibit at the Florida Aquarium.
  23. Suspended Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren, left, sued Gov. Ron DeSantis to try to win his job back. Interested parties are awaiting the federal judge's decision.