Susan Taylor Martin - Bay Magazine Editor

Bay Magazine Editor

I am the editor of Bay Magazine although you might recognize me from my longtime coverage of real estate in the Tampa Bay area. I grew up in New York City, went to college at Duke and wound up in Florida when my parents retired here. After working for more news organizations than I care to count, I was thrilled to join the St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times) in 1982. where I’ve been an editor, national correspondent and foreign correspondent (I still have a burqua from covering the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.) I retired long enough to take up painting and drawing and realize some people do retirement better than others!

  1. This home on Ranch Road in northern Pinellas County is surrounded by an 8,700-acre nature preserve.
  2. Spa Oceana at the Don CeSar resort on St. Pete Beach offers pedicures, manicures and a host of other beauty services.
  3. "It's a hobby,'' Cathy Martin, shown here with husband Jim and dog Nora, says of the lavish holiday decorating she does every year.
  4. The Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel is beautifully decorated for the holidays.
  5. This aerial view shows St. Armands Key and the shopping area known as St. Armands Circle. Circus magnate John Ringling bought the key, or island, in 1917 and built a causeway to it.
  6. Monique McLaughlin styles model Ariana Del Mar.
  7. Anna Silvestri selects pastries at La Casa Del Pane, the Italian bakeshop her family opened three decades ago in St. Pete Beach.
  8. This is the pool and patio of the house on Sunset Drive in St. Petersburg.
  9. Broth Bomb seasonings, made by a Dunedin company, come in various flavors for use as a soup or stew starter.
  10. Catherine Woods, who designed and created the colorful murals being installed at the PSTA SunRunner bus stops, poses for a photo at the stop at Fifth Street and First Avenue N in St. Petersburg.
  11. A fountain anchors the courtyard at the Hacienda Hotel, a 1920s-era Spanish-Mediterranean revival-style hotel under renovation near the banks of the Pithlachascotee River in downtown New Port Richey.
  12. Textile designer Brook Perdigon, shown here in her studio in Los Angeles, grew up in Tampa and recently bought a condo on Bayshore Boulevard.
  13. Lou Plasencia es fundador y CEO de The Plasencia Group, una firma de consultoría de la industria hotelera con sede en Tampa.
  14. Kristin Cummings and Erika Johnson, founders of St. Pete Slumber Company, set up this dinosaur-themed "kids corner'' to keep two boys entertained during a wedding.
  15. This three-story contemporary-style South Tampa home listed at $11.7 million has dock, davits, pool, putting green and attached guesthouse with its own kitchen.
  16. The Mast Farm Inn is a 19th century farmhouse turned inn near Boone, N.C.
  17. Lou Plasencia is founder and CEO of The Plasencia Group, a hospitality industry consulting firm based in Tampa.
  18. The statue in front of the Equestrian Hotel at Ocala's World Equestrian Center is of Staff Sgt. Reckless, a horse that carried munitions and wounded soldiers during the Korean War.
  19. Alsace Walentine is co-owner of Tombolo Books in St. Petersburg.
  20. This is the living room of a custom coach made by Liberty Coach.
  21. The popular Sal Y Mar rooftop bar serves Midtown Tampa's Aloft and Element hotels, which just sold as part of a $110 million deal.
  22. In retirement, Ronde Barber enjoys the golf course.
  23. Lakeside Inn, Mount Dora