Other members of the Project 13 team were host/reporter Ray Blush, who was also the programs coordinator and producer, and chief cameraman Jule McGee. When Larry was out producing or reporting a story, Ray would remain back at the office putting together his own work. Hugh Smith oversaw the program and met with its staff each week to get progress reports on stories and to give his own input.
Elliston learned early on the power he had as a Project 13 reporter. His first reporting gig took him to Tampas Hyde Park where he did a show called The Recycling of Elegance about early efforts to revive the historic Tampa neighborhood by restoration of the deteriorating residential structures. Weeks later, building permits started turning up all over Hyde Park as contractors and investors converged on the area. Speculators cashed in on the Project 13-induced rehab gold rush that ultimately saw home values soar 400 percent and more.
Larry was raised in the Hyde Park area of Tampa so it was no wonder he was happy to sink his teeth into this particular story. As a child he lived off South Howard Avenue, near the Bayshore. Later, the Elliston family moved to the Palma Ceia area where he lived just a few houses away from then Channel 13 news director Tom Wright. A neighborhood playmate was Wrights son, Tommy.
He recalls doing a Project 13 program entitled Where Have All The Beaches Gone? which dealt with the erosion of the Florida coastline:
That show really brought home a story I did back at Channel 8 on nesting Loggerhead turtles, Larry remembers. The endless construction of seawalls along the Gulf shoreline had created a perilous situation for the endangered creatures. Loggerheads could no longer lay their eggs in the safety of the dunes. What dunes? The momma turtles could go no further than the seawalls. And at high tide, the precious eggs were drowned.
Larry had been on the Project 13 team about two years when high production costs forced Channel 13's management to end the program. McGee shifted over to chief photographer duties, Blush was appointed special projects director and later, assistant news director, while Larry went back to doing what he had done for WFLA: general assignment reporting.