Sara DiNatale, Retail, Tourism and Workplace Culture Reporter

Sara DiNatale

Retail, Tourism and Workplace Culture Reporter

I’m a Buffalo native who has been thawing out in Florida since joining the Tampa Bay Times in 2015. I started as a night cops reporter in Tampa. But these days, I’m running to new grocery stores instead of crime scenes. As our retail, tourism and workplace culture reporter, I’m able to use my sleuth-shopper skill set and eye for trends combined with my favorite pastime, telling stories. I search out topics I know will resonate with readers and get them thinking or talking. I’m a coupon clipper, yogi novice and eyeglasses enthusiast. You’ll rarely spot me on the weekend without my mini schnauzer, Addy, in tow. We’re regulars at St. Petersburg’s Dog Bar and the area’s several dog parks. So feel free to say hi or give us a news tip. Addy gives great high-fives.

Despite naming three finalists, Pinellas County has reopened the search for its next tourism chief

An ad campaign by Visit St. Pete/Clearwater. [Courtesy of Visit St. Pete/Clearwater]
Visit St. Pete/Clearwater still doesn't have a new CEO, and it's unclear when it will.

Pasco man shoots Alexa speaker before wounding two deputies in gun battle

Terrance J. Peterson, 62, is accused of shooting at deputies after a domestic violence dispute. [Pasco County Jail, 2015]
A domestic dispute over a smart speaker could have turned deadly after a deputy was shot in his femoral artery.

Following Tampa bus driver slaying, PSTA agrees to new shields

A rendering of how the PSTA’s planned barriers for bus drivers will look. It will cost up to $5,000 per bus to install. (Courtesy of PSTA)
Pinellas plans $1 million investment in bus driver barricades made from tempered glass.

Hurricane 2019: Your pets canít get ready for a storm. Thatís your job.

Dogs wait for their owners at in the locker room at John Hopkins Middle School during Hurricane Irma in 2017. The school filled classrooms and hallways with people evacuating before the storm was projected to makes landfall. The shelter welcomes people from the area with pets and those with special needs. Times 2017
Thereís a lot to think about to be a responsible pet owner during hurricane season. Hereís the need-to-know, from animal shelters to rabies records.

A sneak peek at Tampa's newest boutique hotel: Current

The rooftop bar at Current hotel in Rocky Point on Wednesday. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]
The luxury hotel is slated to open in June. It has a rooftop bar, 180 rooms and a Tampa-focused aesthetic.