Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

CEO of company at center of Tampa cell tower disputes to run for state House

TAMPA — Stacy Frank, an attorney and small-business owner, said Tuesday that she's running for state representative in District 57.

Related News/Archive

Frank, a Democrat, wants to replace Republican Faye Culp, who is facing a term limit.

Her father, Richard Frank, is the retired chief judge of the Second District Court of Appeal.

Her mother, Pat Frank, a former state senator and Hillsborough County commissioner, is the county clerk of the circuit court.

District 57 comprises South Tampa, Town 'N Country and Westchase.

The economy is the No. 1 issue facing the state, Frank said.

"What I'm seeing in Tallahassee is a very short-term, special interest-controlled response to that and I'm obviously referring to [offshore oil] drilling," she said. "I don't think that's the answer."

Tourism, she said, is the state's primary resource, and drilling threatens that. Moving forward with drilling off Florida's coast is a speculative venture anyway, Frank believes.

"All this attention and focus is being placed on that and not finding what really should be an answer to our problems," she said.

Frank said the state needs to do more to promote solar energy instead.

"It's a clean way to not only provide an energy alternative, but also provide jobs," she said.

Frank's announcement came with a long list of endorsements, including U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner, Hillsborough County Public Defender Julianne Holt, Tampa City Council members Thomas Scott, Linda Saul-Sena, Gwen Miller, and Charlie Miranda, and former Tampa Mayor Sandy Freedman.

But she can expect resistance from a vocal group of people who have been fighting cell phone towers at Hillsborough County schools, saying they may pose health hazards to children.

Frank, 55, is chief executive of Collier Enterprises, which holds a contract with the school district to lease land for the towers.

"I will be doing everything I can to make sure she doesn't get elected," said Carrie Grimail, a cell phone tower opponent. "She's not going to represent us, the people. She's going to be representing her telecommunications buddies."

So far, Clifford Somers is the only other Democrat in the race. The Republican contenders are Todd Marks, A.J. Matthews, Dan Molloy and Dana Young.

Janet Zink can be reached at or (813) 226-3401.

CEO of company at center of Tampa cell tower disputes to run for state House 11/03/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 3, 2009 11:57pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Review / photos: Sunset Music Festival brings Major Lazer, safety upgrades to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa


    Somewhere beyond the barricades and mountainous LED stages of the Sunset Music Festival, there had to be worry. There had to thousands of parents in parking lots and empty kitchens, anxiously distracting their minds, every now and then checking their phones.

    Major Lazer headlined the Sunset Music Festival on May 27, 2017 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
  2. 24-year-old man charged with murder in shooting at Andrea Cove Motel

    LARGO — Pinellas sheriff's officers arrested a 24-year-old transient man Saturday in connection with a homicide at the Andrea Cove Motel in unincorporated Largo.

  3. Photo gallery: Calvary Christian rolls to state title


    View a gallery of images from Calvary Christian's defeat of Pensacola Catholic 11-1 in six innings Saturday night at Hammond Stadium in Ft. Myers for the Class 4A title.

    Calvary Christian players circle up on the field before the FHSAA class 4A baseball championship against Pensacola Catholic on Friday May 27, 2017 at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Fla. Calvary scored 6 runs in the first inning, and had 7 hits.
  4. Two girls found safe after being reported missing in New Port Richey

    UPDATE: Both girls were found safe Saturday night, police said.

  5. IT failure blamed for British Airways cancellations (w/video)


    LONDON — British Airways canceled all flights from London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports on Saturday as a global IT failure upended the travel plans of tens of thousands of people on a busy U.K. holiday weekend.

    Passengers wait at a British Airways check-in desk after the airport suffered an IT systems failure Saturday at London''s Gatwick Airport. [Associated Press]