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Charlie Frago - Tampa City Hall Reporter

Tampa City Hall Reporter

Florida is the ninth state I’ve lived in. Hopefully, it’s the last. My family and I live in Clearwater and try to get to the beach at least once a month. I grew up mostly in the Midwest, but have spent the bulk of my adult years in the greater South, teaching elementary school and studying history in Texas before working for newspapers in Arkansas and North Carolina. I started my journalism career in Chicago. That’s where I met my wife. We like to visit the city of her birth as often as we can. Along with our two teenagers, we also spend time with my family in the Missouri Ozarks and New Hampshire’s lake country. It’s nice to see ridges and mountains every once in a while. Florida feels more like home each year. A big part of that is the reporting I’ve done for the Times, covering Clearwater, St. Petersburg and Tampa since 2013. In nearly a quarter-century of being a reporter, I never covered City Halls before coming to Florida and I’ve become interested in all things municipal from zoning to sewage to City Hall politics. Local government is the perfect window into what matters to us on both sides of the bay. I hope to see you at a Tampa City Council meeting or community event.

  1. The Hillsborough Emergency Policy Group in April [C.T. BOWEN  |  Times]
  2. Tampa has debuted a fast-track permitting system. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  3. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor spoke at a virtual Tampa Bay Chamber event on Wednesday. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
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  5. The Tampa Covention Center has found new role in the coronavirus pandemic: hosting City Council meetings. [Times (1998)]
  6. Fireworks explode over Clearwater Harbor next to the Memorial Causeway on July 4, 2019. The city's display is usually one of the largest and most attended in Tampa Bay, but city officials decided Thursday to cancel the event this year because of crowd concerns during the coronavirus pandemic.
  7. Tampa announced a lottery for a free two-week summer camp on Friday. [Times]
  8. Gov. Ron DeSantis at a news conference in Jacksonville on May 22, 2020. [Florida Channel]
  9. Fireworks blast off in front of the Tampa Convention Center, at last year's Boom by the Bay in Tampa. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  10. Bayshore Drive NE in St. Petersburg, left, will be closed starting Friday morning until further notice. Meanwhile, officials in Tampa on Thursday decided against closing Bayshore Boulevard. [Google Earth]
  11. People walk, bike and run along Bayshore Boulevard near Rome Avenue an area where a cyclist was killed in a collision with motorcyclists on Saturday while trying to cross in a crosswalk. Monday, April 6, 2020 in Tampa.  [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
  12. A portion of 7th avenue in Ybor city is closed to vehicles as part of the Lift Up Local initiative Thursday, May 7, 2020 in Tampa. The road closure gives restaurants more room to have outdoor seating for diners to abide by the news state of Florida rules. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  13. Tampa City Hall. [CHARLIE FRAGO  |  Times]
  14. Richard Gonzmart colocó esta escultura de bronce de 1,800 libras de una princesa nativa americana afuera de su restaurante Ulele en diciembre de 2017. Más de un año después, la quitó después de le dijeron que estaba en propiedad de la ciudad. El miércoles, la estatua regresará, pero más cerca del restaurante de Gonzmart.
  15. The Hillsborough Emergency Policy Group met April 27. [C.T. BOWEN  |  Times]
  16. Richard Gonzmart put up this 1,800-pound bronze sculpture of a Native American princess outside his Ulele restaurant in December 2017. More than a year later, he removed it after Tampa said it was on city property. On Wednesday, the statue is coming back, but closer to Gonzmart's restaurant. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  17. May 14• Health
    A boy rides his bike down a hill at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park.  Times (2013)
  18. The Hillsborough Emergency Policy Group met May 14. [C.T. BOWEN  |  Times]
  19. Tampa City Hall. [CHARLIE FRAGO  |  Times]
  20. Tampa City Council member Bill Carlson wants to create a 23-member advisory committee to help reduce economic inequality in the city. Courtesy of the Carlson campaign
  21. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor named Whit Remer, pictured, as the city's first sustainability and resilience officer Tuesday. [City of Tampa]
  22. Costumers wait for their to-go orders at Big John's Alabama BBQ on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 in Tampa.  [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
  23. Danielle Major pulls out containers of BBQ at Adams Middle School where Big John's Alabama BBQ provided meals for the school to reward students who had accumulated sufficient points as part of its Positive Behavior Incentive System, on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 in Tampa.  [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
  24. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor told the Emergency Policy Group Thursday that the jump in coronavirus cases in Hillsborough County's long-term care facilities concerns her. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]