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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. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, a Democrat, told the Tampa Bay Times in January that she planned to a run for a second term.
  2. The courts are filled as pickleball games get underway during the City of St. Pete Parks & Rec mixed doubles recreational league at Crescent Lake Park on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022 in St. Petersburg.
  3. Shoppers braving the crowds to take advantage of Black Friday sales are seen at the Westfield  Brandon mall on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022 in Brandon.
  4. “I’ve been very clear, I’m not done,” Hillsborough County Commissioner Kimberly Overman told the Tampa Bay Times on Friday morning. “But my next cycle is 2024 or 2026.”
  5. Tampa will resume trash collection on Friday in the wake of Tropical Storm Nicole, city officials said Thursday.
  6. The Tampa skyline seen on Tuesday, March 1, 2022.
  7. Tampa CIty Council member Orlando Gudes rises during an angry exchange with council chairperson Joseph Citro.
  8. The Tampa City Council grappled with whether to expand the powers of a volunteer police oversight board this week.
  9. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor opposes changes to the City Charter. Council members debated putting changes before the voters at a special City Council meeting Tuesday.
  10. Mayor Jane Castor, left, gives a box of cigars as a gift to Edouard Philippe, mayor of Le Havre and former French prime minister, at USF Health's Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022, in Tampa.
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  12. A lawsuit filed by a former legislative aide and her teenage daughter against council member Orlando Gudes was dismissed last week.
  13. Joseph Citro, chairperson of the Tampa City Council, was one of four members who voted against a proposed pay raise for council members Thursday.
  14. 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.
  15. Tampa City Council members approved Mayor Jane Castor's $1.9 billion budget Tuesday.
  16. Tampa City Council members Thursday rejected a $1.2 million funding request for a controversial project that would turn wastewater into water.
  17. 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.
  18. 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]
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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."
  22. 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.
  23. Laurel Lee, left, and Anna Paulina Luna won their GOP primaries in two newly drawn districts in Tampa Bay on Tuesday.
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