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Charlie Frago - Tampa City Hall Reporter

Tampa City Hall Reporter

I joined the Times in 2013 after working 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. I have a bachelor's degree from Grinnell College in Iowa and masters' degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and Northwestern University.

  1. Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran said Friday that a Hillsborough judge's ruling striking down a tourism marketing fee applied to hotel room charges was a "victory for taxpayers."
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  3. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor announces plans to increase affordable housing at a news conference Wednesday.
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  5. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor speaks with negotiators Monday as a contract with the police union is finalized. The pact is one of three employee deals that now go before the City Council for approval.
  6. St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, left, Rays President Brian Auld, center and Tampa Mayor Jane Castor right, before a game at Tropicana Field in October. Tampa is emerging as an option for the Rays to split the season in Tampa Bay and Montreal.
  7. Tampa City Council member Bill Carlson opposes the city's plan to convert highly-treated wastewater to drinking water. He wants city Water Department officials to provide clarity on whether the plan is still alive.
  8. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor announced a series of high-level staff changes Wednesday at the River Center in Julian B. Lane Park.
  9. Jane Castor, with partner Ana Cruz, takes the oath of office as Mayor of Tampa in May. Castor has won early praise for her outreach efforts in the Hispanic community, but is considering expanding her efforts by hiring a Hispanic Liaison officer for her administration.
  10. Jane Castor, con su compañera Ana Cruz (derecha), en una imagen de archivo durante su juramentación a la alcaldía de Tampa, en mayo pasado. Castor ha recibido elogios por sus esfuerzos en la comunidad hispana, pero está considerando expandir su llegada con la eventual inclusión de un oficial de enlace hispano que sería contratado para trabajar en ese ramo con su administración.
  11. The Tampa City Council is considering a single-use plastic ban. Mayor Jane Castor is still making up her mind.  [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
  12. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor says a recent study showing Tampa ranking high in fiscal discipline is a credit to her principles and that of her predecessor, Bob Buckhorn.
  13. Tampa City Council member Orlando Gudes, shown here during a June meeting, apologized Thursday for the "distraction" he made by using an anti-Semitic slur a day before.
  14. Tampa City Council member Orlando Gudes, right, said he didn't mean to insult Jewish people when he used a derogatory phrase during a conversation with a Tampa Bay Times reporter Wednesday.
  15. Council member Joseph Citro, seen here in June, was one of three council members to attend the Jan. 23 community meeting at the Fair Oaks Center in East Tampa. He agrees with residents that a new center is needed instead of repairs to the existing facility.
  16. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor is nearing inking three union deals, a major challenge in her first year in office.
  17. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, center, vehemently declines to turn over the key to the city to members of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla at downtown's Lykes Gaslight Square Park on Tuesday.
  18. Speed cameras work similarly to these Clearwater red light cameras. Although 151 localities around the country use cameras to catch speeders, no city or county does in Florida.
  19. A runner jogs past the scene of the Jan. 9 fatal crash on Bayshore Boulevard in which a driver killed a pedestrian, 70-year-old George Gage. The scenic street has seen its share of tragedies in recent years, but data shows it isn't close to being one of the most dangerous streets in Hillsborough County.
  20. John Bennett, chief of staff for Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, said an agreement with Tampa City Council over the role of a newly-created position to oversee the city's redevelopment areas reflects a spirit of collaboration between the mayor and council members.
  21. City Council members and Mayor Jane Castor's administration, shown here in November when a "peak hours" ambulance was announced for East Tampa praised each other this month for their joint effort to fund a full-time ambulance in East Tampa.
  22. Pat Williams, co-founder of the NBA Orlando Magic basketball team, says Orlando is the natural home for the Tampa Bay Rays.
  23. Shelquen Washington is pictured near her apartment with her dog Tiffany. She says a property manager sexually harassed her and used racist tactics to try to evict her and family from a different apartment.
  24. Keke Huggins and her sons, Eric and Taeshod, at Fair Oaks Center where Huggins has been going since she was a child. The aging center needs a makeover, she said.