At the request of Sunshine State News, award-winning professional photographer Steven Martine spent a few days this past week at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, in and particularly around the Tampa Bay Times Forum and Innisbrook Resort.
Here's a scrapbook-sampling of photos of downtown Tampa he left for our readers.
Incidentally, Martine, a former newspaper photographer, is a resident of Stuart.
Click on the photos to enlarge them and to get more details.
A roundup ofelected officials' and business and civic leaders' comments from across Florida on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling Thursday on the Affordable Care Act.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Miami
Whats important to remember is that what the court rules on is whether something is constitutional or not, not whether its a good idea.
Termed-limited state Sen. Mike Fasano will run for a House seat vacated by another termed-out lawmaker, who in turn is running for Fasano's seat in the Senate.
Fasano, R-New Port Richey, filed for the newly created House District 36 seat. The district, encompassing large portions of West Pasco County, is currently represented by outgoing Rep. John Legg.
Legg, R-New Port Richey, previously announced for the new Senate District 18, which incorporates much of Fasano's current District 11.
Sunshine State News welcomes aboard two new Tallahassee-based staff members, News Editor Joe Saunders and reporter Jim Turner.
Pennsylvania native Saunders, 45, attended Drexel University, worked 10 years for Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers as a reporter, wire editor, A1 centerpiece editor and metro editor. He also worked as a night metro editor at The Bradenton Herald and as a copy editor at the Charleston Gazette in Charleston, W.Va.