Charlie Frago, Tampa City Hall Reporter

Charlie Frago

Tampa City Hall Reporter

I joined the Times in 2013 after working for newspapers and wire services in Chicago, Greensboro, N.C., and Little Rock, Ark. I've covered Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater and developed an interest in all things municipal, from zoning to sewage. I have a bachelor's degree in history from Grinnell College in Iowa and masters' degrees in history and journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and Northwestern University. I've covered murders, prisons and congressional races alike in more than two decades as a reporter. In my spare time, I like to spend time with my wife and two children in Clearwater.

Historic downtown Tampa church votes to make way for residential development

The First Presbyterian Church has been in downtown Tampa since 1884. Its congregation voted to sell the property Sunday to a developer for $10.2 million, which will be shared by the other owners of the city block bounded by Marion Street, Zack Street, Polk Street and Florida Avenue. A residential project is planned. [Charlie Frago| Times]
First Presbyterian Church's congregation voted Sunday to sell their East Zack Street property to a developer the church’s pastor says will create a residential development.

Tampa and Hillsborough County have a rivalry. Hillsborough Commissioner Les Miller tried to start a new era over sandwiches

Tampa city and Hillsborough County elected officials and county staff met Wednesday for an informal “chat and chew” paid for and organized by County Commissioner Les Miller, who said he wanted everyone to have some informal chat time as a way to build bridges between two government entities that have had plenty of turf battles over the years. [Charlie Frago| Times]
The commission chairman thinks old turf battles between the county and city should be left in the past, so he opened his wallet to make it happen.

Jane Castor balances crash course in city government with charting her own course

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor takes a few steps on the balance beam while visiting the Wayne C. Papy Center in Tampa on Friday.  MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE   |   Times]
Castor has been busy educating herself on the details of city government while preparing for a looming budget process and union negotiations.

Should Tampa turn over control of its Community Redevelopment Areas? Some new council members say yes

OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times 
Tampa City Council member John Dingfelder wants to explore removing city staff from managing the city’s nine renewal areas. Dingfelder, shown here with his wife Lynn at his oath of office ceremony earlier this month, is beginning his second tour on council after a nearly decade-long absence.
City staff now manage the nine Community Redevelopment Areas. New council members John Dingfelder and Bill Carlson think outsourcing may be better.

USF Health VP named to lead Mayor Castor transition
Carole Wallace Post, 53, will take on the volunteer, part-time job to help Tampa’s new mayor prioritize her campaign promises