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. Joseph Citro, chairperson of the Tampa City Council, was one of four members who voted against a proposed pay raise for council members Thursday.
  2. Lynn Hurtak, activista de Old Seminole Heights y miembro de la junta de revisión de variaciones de la ciudad, fue seleccionada para reemplazar a John Dingfelder en el Concejo Municipal de Tampa el martes.
  3. Tampa City Council members approved Mayor Jane Castor's $1.9 billion budget Tuesday.
  4. Tampa City Council members Thursday rejected a $1.2 million funding request for a controversial project that would turn wastewater into water.
  5. Sierra Club Tampa Bay vice chairperson Gary Gibbons and other opponents of the city's plan to reuse highly treated wastewater detailed their concerns at a news conference Monday in Sulphur Springs.
  6. Nearly three dozen trees were cut down at a half-abandoned trailer park along Gandy Boulevard in 2019, enraging tree advocates. Mayor Jane Castor held a news conference Monday to celebrate a judge upholding a hefty fine against the company that did the work. [CHARLIE FRAGO | Times]
  7. Lynn Hurtak is one of the Tampa City Council members who want Mayor Jane Castor to find more money for affordable housing in the city budget, which will be voted on Sept. 20.
  8. Former Tampa City Council member John Dingfelder won't face any further action regarding allegations of violations of state and local ethics and public records laws following a retired judge's review.
  9. Andrea Zelman became the city of Tampa's top attorney Thursday after City Council members approved her, but not without some "airing of dirty laundry."
  10. Tampa City Council member Luis Viera led the effort for the city to enact an ordnance to encourage city contractors to hire more ex-felons.
  11. Laurel Lee, left, and Anna Paulina Luna won their GOP primaries in two newly drawn districts in Tampa Bay on Tuesday.
  12. Tampa City Council member Orlando Gudes successfully pushed for Tampa to declare Juneteenth an official city holiday. Mayor Jane Castor announced the move at Tuesday's budget workshop.
  13. Tampa City Council members Thursday mostly supported a proposal by Mayor Jane Castor to raise their salaries by more than $20,000.
  14. U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor faces her first primary opponent since being elected in 2006 in Christopher Bradley, a first-time candidate and cybersecurity expert.
  15. Sam Nashagh, James Judge and Jerry Torres are competing in the Republican primary for the rights to take on Democrat Kathy Castor in the U.S. House District 14 race.
  16. Tampa City Hall.
  17. Fair Oaks Park in East Tampa will finally get a makeover after the city agreed to a steeper price for a nearby parcel which includes a convenience store.
  18. Tampa City Council member Orlando Gudes is seen during a council meeting Thursday, March 31, 2022 in Tampa.
  19. John Godwin, pictured in center, ran unsuccessfully for a Tampa City Council seat in 2019, losing to council member Charlie Miranda (left). Joe Robinson, right, also ran for the seat.
  20. Tampa Republican James Judge is running for the GOP nod to face U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor.
  21. Protestors lineup outside of the Uhuru House before a June 2020 march. A minor fire was reported Saturday and police are assisting in an investigation.
  22. Construction workers build a house near Rangeland Boulevard and Gunn Highway on Thursday, June 30, 2022 in Odessa.
  23. Hundreds of apartments and single-family homes will sprout at Rattlesnake Point adjacent to a chlorine plant that has worried activists and some Tampa City Council members about the potentially dangerous consequences of an industrial accident.

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