Ryan Smith, WFTS

Ryan Smith


Tampa, FL, United States

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Past articles by Ryan:

Flooding issues persistent problem for Largo neighborhood

Tuesday’s storm caused a lot of headaches for residents of one Largo neighborhood. → Read More

Governor DeSantis vetoes target funding for 'life-saving' LGBTQ programs

Members of Florida’s LGBTQ community are firing back after Gov. Ron DeSantis slashed thousands in funding for programs benefiting survivors of the Pulse massacre. → Read More

Home of Gold Star spouse burglarized on Memorial Day

The home of a Tampa Gold Star spouse was burglarized on Memorial Day. → Read More

Tampa food truck back in business after theft thanks to community donations

The owners of a Tampa pizza company are back in business thanks to their West Tampa community. → Read More

Deals for a dose? Council member wants city to offer incentives for vaccinations

There’s a new push in St. Pete to vaccinate people who are still on the fence. → Read More

Tampa gas stations go dry amid Florida state of emergency

Some Tampa gas stations ran out of fuel Tuesday as experts urge consumers against buying gasoline in a panic. → Read More

Clearwater police: Man wanted for first-degree murder likely using alias

Clearwater police are searching for a convicted felon who they say is responsible for killing a man Saturday. → Read More

Van crashes into restaurant during busy lunch hour

A van barreled into a busy restaurant Wednesday afternoon in the University area of Tampa. → Read More

'Disturbing' anti-Semitic flyers circulating in St. Pete, local leaders warn

Local leaders are warning residents about anti-Semitic flyers circulating in two St. Petersburg neighborhoods. → Read More

Deputies execute search warrant, bust Pasco County ‘chop shop’

The owner of a Pasco County boat repair and salvage business has been arrested, accused of operating a chop shop. → Read More

Pasco restaurant owner offering cash bonus for staff who get vaccinated

A Tampa Bay business owner is making a cash offer to employees who receive a COVID-19 vaccination. → Read More

Beach business owners hope for spring break boost during pandemic

Beachside business owners are hoping for a resurgence as visitors flock to Tampa Bay for spring break. → Read More

‘He didn’t deserve it’: Family of hit-and-run victim seeks answers

Pinellas Park Police are searching for the driver they say hit and killed a father of three in December. → Read More

Tampa Bay business owner denied bond after Capitol riot arrest

A Sarasota County man arrested for taking part in the U.S. Capitol riots has been denied a release on bond. → Read More

Super Bowl LV provides big boost for downtown Tampa businesses

From the NFL Experience to the Bucs' boat parade, downtown Tampa has attracted a lot of attention. → Read More

Wild Super Bowl celebrations spark COVID superspreader concerns

Tampa’s Super Bowl celebrations are sparking concerns that the city will soon see a spike in coronavirus cases. → Read More

TGH to vaccinate Hillsborough County teachers, staff 65 years of age and older

There’s a new push to protect one of Hillsborough County's most critical workforce from the coronavirus. → Read More

Proposal would expand Hillsborough's mask mandate to outdoor bar, restaurant spaces

A Hillsborough County commissioner is taking aim at outdoor, alcohol-fueled gatherings. → Read More

Local nonprofit offers rent relief to tenants who volunteer around the community

A Tampa Bay nonprofit is offering rent relief for those struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

TPD detective accused of tampering with evidence in attempted murder case

A detective with the Tampa Police Department has been arrested and charged with two felonies. → Read More