Paul Guzzo, General Assignment/Vintage Tampa Bay Reporter

Paul Guzzo

General Assignment/Vintage Tampa Bay Reporter

I am a general assignment reporter with specific and varying niches – the local film industry, U.S.-Cuba relations, Tampa history, professional wrestling and the odd and unique people who make up this area. I have been a journalist in Tampa since 1999. In my younger years, I was also an independent filmmaker best known for an award-winning documentary on Charlie Wall, Tampa’s first crime lord. At home, I am married to a woman who is way out of my league and a father of four kids who have diverse career goals – engineer, veterinarian, ballerina, and a “fighting ninja.” As opposed to a pacifist ninja.

State seeks civil penalties after pool company leaves customers with holes in the ground

Doug Trimpe and his wife Sarah now enjoy a finished pool at their home in Apollo Beach, but not before kicking in more of their own money and enduring a series of delays. Contractor Premier Pools in Tampa, now defunct, faces action from the state Attorney General’s Office. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
Twenty-nine people filed complaints against Premiere Pools in Tampa in the 20 months between September 2016 and May 2018, spurring an investigation by the state Attorney General’s Office.

Lawsuit filed over Ybor City tunnels as construction of new building threatens old one

The owner of the Florida Brewery in Ybor City says construction at the neighboring 1309 6th Ave is rattling his historic building and threatening to damage it. He is asking the courts to halt construction. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
Before construction can start, the tunnels had to be demolished and the land now must be stabilized — a process creating shock waves that may be damaging the 123-year-old Florida Brewery.

USF historians seek to unravel mystery behind roulette wheel

The University of South Florida’s Institute for Digital Exploration is seeking the public’s help in learning the origins of this early-20th century roulette wheel made from an aluminum lamp.
[OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
The roulette wheel was fashioned from an aluminum lamp during Tampa’s golden age of illegal gambling.

‘Miss June,’ who hosted ‘Romper Room’ and saved the Don CeSar, dead at 87

June Hurley Young, “Miss June” to her in-studio audiences of children 4 and 5, hosted the Tampa Bay area version of ‘Romper Room’ on a number of stations through the years. [Times files]
The show ran 15 years on local television. With a classroom for a set and in-studio audience of six children, it taught educational, moral and behavioral lessons.

Hillsborough deputies: Motorcyclist dies when struck by van
The accident happened at the intersection of Race Track Road and Countryway Boulevard.