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.

After resignation, Pinellas tourism head tells board to consider privatization

David Downing, the CEO and director of Visit St. Pete-Clearwater, attended his last Pinellas County Tourism Development Council meeting on Wednesday afer announcing his resignation earlier this week. [SARA DINATALE | TIMES]
Visit St. Pete-Clearwater head David Downing encouraged tourist council to carefully consider any changes made to his outgoing role.

More than 4.5 million visitors used Airbnb to stay in Florida last year, app says

The second floor of Jeff Schorr’s historic airplane bungalow served as a rental apartment on Airbnb in the Kenwood neighborhood of St. Petersburg in this photo from 2015. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times (2015)]
Tampa Bay area users made nearly $113 million total by renting their homes or rooms out on Aribnb.

As shutdown drags, craft brewers anxious over backlog in label approval

Founder and co-owner Mike Bishop stands for a portrait in the production facility at Big Storm Brewing Co. in Clearwater on Monday. As the government shutdown continues, beer labels and brewer's notices for craft brewers are not able to be approved. Currently Bishop has several new beers that are in need of approval before they hit the market. [BRONTE WITTPENN   |   Times]
Tampa Bay’s Big Storm brewing can’t sell its new Fat Point beers until the feds approve its cans.

The future of St. Petersburg Mini Doughtnut Factory uncertain as legal battle continues

Doughnuts being made and topped at the Mini Doughnut Factory in St. Petersburg when it opened in December 2017. The store is now closed as the result of an ongoing legal battle. (DIRK SHADD   |   Times)
The South Tampa shop may have reopened, but the company's investor-turned-manager says the shops' founders refuse to give up the accounts he needs to run the business.

Airbnb competitors HomeAway, VRBO and misterb&b reach bed tax agreement in Hillsborough County

One of the two bedrooms in her three bedroom home that Melissa Mangold rented in her home in 2015.   (WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times)
The new agreement mirrors the one made between Airbnb and Hillsborough County in 2016 and should bring thousands in tax revenue.