Friday, September 21, 2018

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Charlie Frago

Charlie Frago

Charlie Frago covers Tampa for the Tampa Bay Times. Previously, Frago covered St. Petersburg and Clearwater for the newspaper. He has also worked for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Little Rock, the Greensboro News & Record in North Carolina and the City News Bureau of Chicago. He joined the Times in April 2013.



This caption goes with the preferred photo of Tampa City Council Chair Yvonne Yolie Capin.

Capin on Buckhorn and Ulele: ‘If it was his bust, he’d light it up.’

Tampa City Council member Yvonne Yolie Capin blasted Mayor Bob Buckhorn for his administration's decision to remove a...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Tampa City Council members voted 5-2 Thursday to approve a controversial alcohol permit and rezoning for the historic Stovall House, which sits on 2.6 acres in the Bayshore Beautiful neighborhood..[Handout photo from Coldwell Banker]

Booze coming to Bayshore: Tampa City Council approves historic mansion’s conversion into private club

TAMPA — It took 13 hours over three weeks, but developer Blake Casper’s dream to convert a historic Bayshore Boulevard estate into a private club — with booze sold until the wee hours and five rooms for overnight guests — won City Council approval...
Updated: 9 hours ago
The Stovall House, shown looking west from Bayshore Bouelvard, is named in recognition of the estate's one-time owner, Wallace Stovall, founding publisher of the Tampa Tribune. Built in 1909 by the general manager of the Florida Brewing Co. in Ybor City, the house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. [Times files]

Tampa City Council approves liquour and rezoning for Stovall House making it private club

It took nearly 13 hours over three weeks, but developer Blake Casper won City Council approval to convert the historic Stovall House on Bayshore Boulevard to a private club.On Thursday, council members listened to nearly six hours of...
Published: 09/20/18
Buckhorn says Tampa City Council playing politics with budget

Buckhorn says Tampa City Council playing politics with budget

Mayor Bob Buckhorn's hot take from watching Monday's City Council budget hearing?"I think, unfortunately, reality met election year politics," said the mayor on Tuesday.The City Council
Published: 09/18/18
Updated: 09/19/18
Action on the annual Tampa budget was delayed during a meeting Monday night at Tampa City Hall. [Times files]

Tampa City Council rejects Buckhorn budget over health care costs

TAMPA — The city's $1 billion-plus city budget was put on hold Monday evening by a City Council determined to strike a better deal for Tampa employees on health care costs.After a sometimes tense 2 ½ hour hearing, the City...
Published: 09/17/18
Updated: 09/18/18

Law firm’s forum raises Sunshine Law questions for council members seeking mayor’s seat

TAMPA — Carlton Fields, a well-connected Tampa law firm, is holding a forum for mayoral candidates on Oct. 23, probably at its offices.That much everyone agrees on.Less clear is whom the lawyers had in mind as an audience.The...
Published: 09/16/18
Harbour Island was a garbage dump when a main sewage line was installed there. Now it's a gated residential enclave where residents have won their battle to keep a replacement away from them. [SKIP O'ROURKE   |   Times]

No new sewage line for Harbour Island as Tampa decides to build underwater instead

TAMPA — The gated residential enclave of Harbour Island is breathing a sigh of relief now that it has dodged the short-term headache of disruptive traffic snarls and the long-term prospect of a new underground sewage line running the length of the...
Published: 09/13/18
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Law firm’s forum raises Sunshine Law questions for council members seeking mayor’s seat

TAMPA — Carlton Fields, a well-connected Tampa law firm, is holding a forum for mayoral candidates on Oct. 23, probably at its offices.That much everyone agrees on.Less clear is whom the lawyers had in mind as an audience.The...
Published: 09/12/18
Updated: 09/16/18
At a ceremony in December outside his Ulele restaurant, Richard Gonzmart unveils a bronze bust of Tocobaga Princess Ulele by Arizona sculptor Vala Ola. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]

Banished: Ulele bust on Tampa’s Riverwalk is headed to a warehouse

TAMPA — Princess Ulele is banished from the Riverwalk.The 1,800-pound bronze bust portraying the Native American royal was
Published: 09/12/18
Updated: 09/13/18
Straz kicks off campaign saying he’ll shake up city government

Straz kicks off campaign saying he’ll shake up city government

David Straz Jr. told a crowd at the Cuban Club in Ybor City on Friday evening that he had fielded one question over and over on the campaign trail: Why are you running?The 75-year-old billionaire philanthropist who made his money in...
Published: 09/08/18
Updated: 09/12/18