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Elizabeth Djinis - Editorial Writer/Digital Engagement Producer

Editorial Writer/Digital Engagement Producer

I've been fascinated with the inner workings of local governments ever since I interned at the <i>Times</i> in 2015. It was there that I first saw how something as seemingly small as curbside recycling could have a community up in arms. Since then, I've been dedicated to detailing local governments and communities for readers in some capacity — whether it's covering lengthy school board meetings or live-streaming protests. Now, on the editorial board, I'll get to do just that, focusing on the issues that affect Pinellas County. And I'll be making sure those get to you through social media and online conversations with readers. I'm only ever an email away!

  1. An influencer takes a photo of a drink at the VIP preview for the Oxford Exchange's new Champagne Bar in Tampa.
  2. Low-rise jeans and skirts were all the rage in the 2000s. But why are they coming back?
  3. 'For a Better Florida' is the Tampa Bay Times' annual series prior to the start of the legislative session.
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  5. The Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger performs Friday in Havana, Cuba. [Associated Press]
  6. Weddings cost more on average and have more guests now than 10 years ago.
  7. The Sunshine Skyway Bridge is seen with lights Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019 in St. Petersburg. The Florida Department of Transportation installed about 1,800 colored LED light fixtures on the Sunshine Skyway bridge.
  8. Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, center, takes part during the Climate Strike, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 in New York.
  9. President Andrew Johnson, National Park Service; President Richard Nixon, Associated Press; President Bill Clinton, JOYCE NALTCHAYAN/AFP/Getty Images)
  10. A rainbow shines over Coffee Pot Bayou after an afternoon rain shower on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019 in Coffee Pot Bayou. LUIS SANTANA   |   Times
  11. Orange barrels and cones will remain part of the landscape as the state continues work on the widening of Cortez Boulevard and improvements along the Suncoast Parkway and U.S. 19.
  12. Times reporter Elizabeth Djinis plays pinball at The Pinball Arcade Museum on Thursday, Aug. 01, 2019 on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg.  ALLIE GOULDING   |   Times
  13. Photo provided by the Florida Department of Transportation.
  14. Chase Duke, 4, of Orlando, runs through a tidal pool while visiting Clearwater Beach with family on Friday. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times
  15. Screenshot from Zillow listing of 742 SW Boulevard N house in St. Petersburg.
  16. Captura de pantalla de la lista de Zillow de la casa 742 SW Boulevard N en San Petersburgo.
  17. Photos from Wikimedia Commons and Times staff.
  18. Hartmut Liebel , 49, from St. Petersburg, walks his dog Pete (named for St. Pete) as water laps at the sea wall at Demens Landing in St. Petersburg. DIRK SHADD |  Times (2012)
  19. ANGELIQUE HERRING   |   Times
Country folk singer-songwriter John "Lutz" Ritter's "Beautiful Downtown Lutz" album cover sits on top of the table in his studio as he performed his classic song "Beautiful Downtown Lutz" at his studio on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 in St. Petersburg.
  20. Times photos from archives.
  21. Traffic stands still on the Howard Frankland Bridge Tuesday morning after an accident closed lanes. (TAILYR IRVINE | Times)
  22. A Canary Island date palm tree located on Bayshore Boulevard in south Tampa is dying from a disease known as lethal bronzing. A disease known as 'lethal bronzing' is killing off palm trees native to Florida which browns their prawns leaving it impossible them to recover.  OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times