Christopher Spata, Tampa Bay Times

Christopher Spata

Tampa Bay Times

Tampa, FL, United States

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Recent articles by Christopher:

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

Rangers fan who sucker punched Lightning fan pleads guilty

A video showing James Anastasio turn and punch a man wearing a Bolts jersey went viral during the NHL playoffs. → Read More

Affordable cars are sorely needed in Tampa Bay, but hard to find

The days of the reliable $5,000 workhorse vehicle appear over for now. → Read More

Larry Flynt’s private jet turns up in Tampa Bay — on Facebook Marketplace

The seller says the Hustler founder’s former jet would make a good tiny home or novelty pool house. → Read More

How Afghan refugees found stability in Tampa Bay senior communities

The refugees got jobs and housing. Some seniors found a purpose. → Read More

Florida college student tracking Elon Musk’s jet doesn’t plan to stop

Jack Sweeney took the data that was there, and did something novel with it. → Read More

No arms, 2 feet, 140,000 followers: Emily Rowley shares life on TikTok

Bradenton TikToker earns followers by showcasing adaptability. → Read More

We watched ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ with real TOPGUN fighter pilots

The sequel to Tom Cruise’s 1986 blockbuster premiered this week. → Read More

One more show for Drew Garabo as he leaves radio for cancer treatment

Staring down chemotherapy, Tampa’s 102.5 The Bone host returned to the air to clear his head. → Read More

Every reference to Tampa on TV comedies we could find

Tampa seems to get mentioned on television a lot. → Read More

TV writers love to pick on Tampa. What’s their deal?

Is it what Tampa is, or what Tampa isn’t, that makes the Florida city a comedy target? We investigate. → Read More

Time and temperature phone numbers resurrected in Tampa, St. Pete and Clearwater

Old-school automated phone lines inspired fascination with legendary USF phreak. → Read More

Tampa man’s toilet — shaped like Lars Ulrich — acquired by Denmark museum

The Ripley’s Believe It or Not in Copenhagen will put the Metallica drummer-themed toilet on permanent display. → Read More

Fleeing to Florida? New arrivals explain why they moved to Tampa Bay

New Tampa Bay residents share why they moved here. Others explain why they’re leaving Florida. → Read More

Meet the hawk protecting your flight at Tampa International Airport

It’s a bloody business, guarding planes from bird strikes. Cheddar is on the job. → Read More

DeSantis task force warns of Red Tide effect, but silent on cause

Florida’s Harmful Algal Bloom Task Force wants more research. → Read More

Tampa Bay life carries on amid record COVID-19 infections

More people are infected than ever, yet things look surprisingly normal. → Read More

Lt. Gen. Michael ‘Erik’ Kurilla nominated to lead CentCom at MacDill

Battle-hardened general would oversee Middle East operations as U.S. shifts priorities away from the region. → Read More

Festivus Airing of Grievances: The top gripes, peeves and complaints of 2021

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

Carole Baskin drops suit against Netflix and ‘Tiger King’ producers

Sequel series premiered on streaming service on Nov. 17. → Read More