Zachary T. Sampson, Tampa Bay Times

Zachary T. Sampson

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Past articles by Zachary:

Motorcyclist killed in Pasco County crash

A 69-year-old New Port Richey man was killed Monday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol → Read More

What if Hurricane Ian hit Tampa Bay after all?

Compared to where the storm made landfall, Tampa Bay has thousands more people, homes and businesses at risk. → Read More

Think you have a rodent problem, Tampa Bay? Here’s what to do.

Roof rats are common here. Environmental officials and wildlife advocates say poisons should be a last resort. → Read More

Hurricane Ian: Behind the scenes of search and rescue on Fort Myers Beach

The destruction was stunning, even to seasoned veterans. → Read More

How storm surge kills: Hurricane Ian showed Florida why we’re told to leave

Floridians stayed because home felt safest. But for some, the Category 4 storm proved no preparation was enough. → Read More

Mitch Pacyna lived the Florida dream. Then Hurricane Ian took him.

One of Ian’s victims was a friend to all on Fort Myers Beach. → Read More

As Joe Biden speaks next door, a Fort Myers Beach man wonders what’s next

The President spoke around the corner. In Sunnyland Trailer Court, a Fort Myers Beach man awaited what will become of his home. → Read More

They rode out Ian on shrimping boats. Now they fear their livelihood is destroyed

By the time these shrimpers knew Hurricane Ian was headed to Fort Myers Beach, it was too late to leave. → Read More

Hurricane Ian’s catastrophic toll includes at least 17 dead

The deaths are expected to grow as residents and officials assess the damage. One resident said it looked like an “atomic bomb” had been dropped. → Read More

‘I’m hoping he shows up’: Pine Island community grapples with Ian’s aftermath

Hurricane Ian’s eye slashed through the Southwest Florida island leaving residents searching for loved ones and surveying destruction. → Read More

Section of Sanibel Causeway wiped out by Hurricane Ian

On the ground in southwest Florida, a Tampa Bay Times reporter and photographer bring eyewitness accounts. → Read More

Tampa man faces murder charge in shooting death

A man in his 40s was found dead early Thursday near a dock on a neighborhood lake, police said. → Read More

Is more algae mucking up Tampa Bay? Scientists need to track it first.

Long-term macroalgae monitoring is another gap in research revealed in the year since the Piney Point release. → Read More

More than 1,000 giant African land snails captured in Pasco invasion

The pests can grow up to 8 inches long and are known as “one of the most damaging snails in the world.” → Read More

Florida springs protection rule is overdue and underwhelming, critics say

Lawmakers determined the state was not doing enough to care for an environmental treasure. That was 6 years ago. → Read More

Supreme Court’s EPA ruling could slow Florida’s climate change fight

A transition to renewable energy needs to happen quickly to avoid tipping points for global warming, scientists say. → Read More

Exotic fruit fly found in Pinellas; state seeks to limit spread

St. Petersburg and Pinellas Park homeowners are urged to be cautious with fruits and vegetables from their yards. → Read More

Almost four years after Hurricane Michael, a hotel rises in Mexico Beach

The Driftwood Inn is a symbol for the city’s ongoing recovery: taller, stronger — and more expensive. → Read More

Florida’s animal crossing aims to break barrier of I-4

Thanks in part to a wandering bear, a segment of Interstate 4 is being lifted between Tampa and Orlando. → Read More

Man retrieving frisbees killed in Largo lake after incident with gator, police say

Police say the man was entering the lake to retrieve frisbees. → Read More