Monday, December 11, 2017


John Romano, Times Columnist

John Romano, Times Columnist

Records have been destroyed and witnesses have gone missing, but Tampa Bay Times metro columnist John Romano would have you believe he was a product of the Pinellas County school system and the University of South Florida. He worked at the Evening Independent and the Palm Beach Post before being hired in the Times' sports department in 1985. Showing a remarkable lack of staying power, he has worked on beats covering USF, the University of Florida, Orlando Magic, Buccaneers and Rays before succeeding Hubert Mizell as a columnist in 2001. He became the metro columnist in 2012.

Romano: Fighting the man to the tune of $16 million

This is a story of lawsuits and precedents. Developers and politicians. Itís a story of one staggering court award, and one stupefying reversal.But weíre going to ignore all of that for a moment, and instead go to what the story is really...
Published: 12/09/17
State Sen. Jack Latvala. [SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times]

Romano: Like him or not, Latvala deserves a fair hearing

At some point, the truth has to matter, right?Evidence, due process, all of that?
Published: 12/07/17
Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (3) doubles in the fourth inning of the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. (Times)

Romano: Asking Longoria to come through for the Rays one more time

Evan Longoria gave the Rays hope when they had none. In 2008, he was the homegrown prospect that helped turned a franchiseís fortunes for the first time.In the years since, he has given the Rays loyalty. Consistency. Dignity.And now itís...
Published: 12/05/17
Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, and Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, are now locked in a feud over sexual harassment claims against Latvala by Simpson's aide, Rachel Perrin Rogers. SCOTT KEELER | Times

Romano: Forget the accusers, Latvala is taking himself down

His run at the Governorís Mansion is dead. And now Jack Latvala seems oddly determined to torch whatís left of his career in the Florida Senate, too.Yes, itís been a strange month in the life of one of Tampa Bayís most recognizable and...
Published: 12/05/17
CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times
The former home of Anthony Roy at 1500 S Martin Luther King Jr Ave, Clearwater, FL. on March 29, 2017.  The home sits on the SW corner of Martin Luther King Jr Ave and Woodlawn St, at right,  The Clearwater Police Substation is on right across Woodlawn St.

Romano: Looking for justice in a hail of gunfire

The charge is murder, and the evidence is ample. There are witnesses and a video. There is a weapon and an admission. There is a dead man on the ground with wounds from 17 bullets.But is there justice?Is there any empathy for a...
Published: 12/02/17

Romano: Excuse me, commissioner, whoís in charge of todayís scam?

This is your shindig. Or at least itís supposed to be.The Constitution Revision Commission was created a half-century ago just so you, the Florida voter, would have a chance every generation to consider major changes to how the state is...
Published: 11/30/17
John Morgan, head of Morgan & Morgan, stands for a portrait in his offices in downtown Orlando.

Romano: Hey, John Morgan, stop dragging my heart around

Clearly, flattery did not work.The folks who supported him in the polls, the crowds that applauded him at multiple Tiger Bay functions, the social media purveyors eager for his latest snark were not enough to persuade John Morgan to seek the...
Published: 11/28/17
The Tampa Police Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office continue their investigation on the fatal shooting in the Seminole Heights neighborhood on Nebraska Avenue in Tampa, Florida on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times

Romano: Hunting for a deadly needle in the Seminole Heights haystack

During the day, you hear from the psychics and the kooks. The well-intentioned tipsters, and the unsolicited profilers. This is all part of serial killer spillover, a sort of cottage industry of macabre.It gets tougher at night when youíre...
Updated one month ago
Heavy rain from Hurricane Hermine caused flooding in west Pasco County in 2016. [LUIS SANTANA | Times]

Romano: Flood insurance rates still going up? Um, thanks?

Bless their scheming little hearts, they tried.The folks in the U.S. House of Representatives got together and crunched numbers, weighed data, negotiated differences and came up with a flood insurance plan that hardly anyone likes.And...
Updated one month ago
Hillsborough High School students staged a walk out in support of teacher pay raises in Tampa on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017.

Romano: Sorry teachers, you simply canít win this one

When it comes to your principles, there is no shame in putting up a fight.You can fight City Hall, and you can fight the power. According to the song, you can fight the law. You can even fight the good fight, whatever that means.But you...
Updated one month ago