Christopher Spata, Tampa Bay Times

Christopher Spata

Tampa Bay Times

Tampa, FL, United States

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Past articles by Christopher:

With households cash-strapped, here’s what it’s like at a Pinellas pawn shop

The ‘Pawn Stars’ are coming to Tampa Bay, but what’s the reality of being a pawnbroker? → Read More

New York City’s Naked Cowboy spotted in Tampa

John Burck said he plans to return to Lykes Gaslight Square Park. → Read More

Who are the carnival workers at the Florida State Fair?

Carnival life in 2023 is mostly different than the old days, but in a few ways it’s the same. → Read More

Scenes from Tampa’s ‘dead mall,’ alive with nostalgia

At the transforming University Mall near USF, some still shop and work, while others come for the vibes. → Read More

Festivus Airing of Grievances: Our readers’ top complaints of 2022

We asked you to complain in the tradition of “Seinfeld.” Once again, you delivered. → Read More

Distinctive holiday reindeer multiply in south Tampa

A Christmas tradition born from a neighbor’s generosity — and sense of humor — takes hold. → Read More

With inflation, can you really make a cheaper cheeseburger at home?

The value of eating out in Tampa Bay versus the value of cooking it yourself, weighed by a hungry journalist. → Read More

Florida student’s Twitter bot tracking Musk’s jet suspended

The Elon Musk private jet account was taken down, but Jack Sweeney’s other jet trackers remain. → Read More

Festivus: Share your complaints and grievances for 2022

It’s your chance to gripe and get it published in the Tampa Bay Times. → Read More

Pinellas husband and wife who smoked in Capitol during riot sentenced to jail

Both pleaded guilty to misdemeanors during the Jan. 6 attack. → Read More

Live updates: Polls open at 7 a.m. on Election Day in Florida

The latest on DeSantis vs. Crist, Demings vs. Rubio and dozens of local elections in Tampa Bay. → Read More

Around St. Petersburg, hopes hang on a record $1.9 billion Powerball jackpot

Here and across the nation, lottery ticket buyers took their shot at a breathtaking fortune. → Read More

Tell us: What are you grateful for in 2022, Tampa Bay?

Before Thanksgiving, share something good that happened to you this year. Your story may end up in the Times. → Read More

Who are Tampa Bay’s Jan. 6 rioters, really?

Parents, business owners, first time voters – Americans. A closer look. → Read More

Florida man sent ‘Disciples of Democracy’ death threats to Capitol rioters

Former firefighter from south Florida pleaded guilty to anti-right-wing letters in federal court. → Read More

Fatal shooting on Sunshine Skyway Bridge fishing pier was ‘targeted,’ deputies say

The victim was found in car parked on the fishing pier at the southern end of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. → Read More

Tampa Bay emerges after Hurricane Ian to survey the damage

Evidence of the historic storm was clear in Hillsborough and Pinellas, but not catastrophic. → Read More

Wednesday live updates: Hurricane Ian, now a Category 4, will hit Florida today

Heavy rain and wind are headed to Tampa Bay and much of the Florida peninsula. → Read More

What to do if Hurricane Ian damages your home

Stay calm, then call your insurance company. → Read More

Florida’s ‘real’ tourist attraction is rocket launches

Artemis is a big deal at an already-booming time for the space industry, sending fans flocking to the Space Coast. → Read More