Sue Carlton, Columnist

Sue Carlton


My dad always said the Carltons were thieves and cattle rustlers run out of Georgia, which makes me a bona fide Floridian going back generations. I grew up in Miami and landed in Tampa, a town that said “bland” to the world but turned out anything but. I live in an old bungalow in an old neighborhood with my husband and a very enthusiastic dog. I’ve covered everything - crime, courts, the homeless. I’ve come to love this place of outrages and injustices, history and culture, Deep South and café con leche, downtown growing up and a parade of political characters let’s just call interesting. And lucky me, I get to write about all of it three days a week.

Carlton: The homeless conundrum is way bigger than benches

This planter in Lykes Gaslight Square Park is definitely not a bench.  [SUE CARLTON | Times]
Why Tampa removed park benches used by the homeless begs a bigger question: What are cities to do?

Radio drama, taxpayers on the hook, good news on the water: The week so far

Craig Kopp, who recently quit as general manager of Tampa’s WMNF radio station, tossed a final shot at the station as he walked out the door.  [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
WMNF's general manager leaves an incendiary note on his way out. St. Pete taxpayers get to foot the bill. The ferry could get better. And it's only Wednesday!

Carlton: We want Publix for cucumbers and cupcakes, not controversy

Florida loves Publix. Controversies over politics and plastic? Not so much. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times (2018)]
Publix, Florida's beloved grocery chain, may have stepped in it again, this time on plastic bag bans.

It's good to have problems like expanding our Dali Museum

Visitors at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg. [Times 2018]
The Dali Museum wants to expand and use bed tax dollars to do it. Isn't it good news that we have competition for those funds?

For perspective on Joe Biden, look no farther than Tampa’s Dick Greco

Former Vice President Joe Biden hugs Palm Beach County Democratic Party Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo in 2017. [Photo courtesy of Palm Beach County Democratic Party]
Joe Biden is accused of making women feel icky with his attentions. For perspective, a talk with Tampa’s most affectionate mayor, Dick Greco.