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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. 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.
    Mayor Jane Castor’s administration and City Council reach an agreement on the role of a new director for the city’s redevelopment areas.
  2. 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.
    Council members praised Mayor Jane Castor’s decision to have a Tampa Fire Rescue vehicle available full time at Station 16.
  3. Pat Williams, co-founder of the NBA Orlando Magic basketball team, says Orlando is the natural home for the Tampa Bay Rays.
    A retired Orlando Magic executive thinks it’s a perfect fit for Stu Sternberg to move his team east on Interstate 4.
  4. 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.
    A mother of three says she spurned the advances of an apartment property manager. Then he hatched a plan to evict her, according to the city’s lawsuit.
  5. 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.
    The condition of the aging Fair Oaks Center has left some residents unhappy.
  6. A Segway tour is seen along the Tampa Riverwalk along with pedestrians.
    How the rise of our cities happened in the past 10 years.
  7. St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, shown here at a September forum, aren't going to endorse a candidate in the Democratic presidential primary.
    Tampa and St. Petersburg’s Democratic mayors said this week they’ll stay neutral in their party’s presidential primary.
  8. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor is optimistic that the Tampa Bay Rays will stay in the region. And she's increasingly warming to the team's split-city concept.
    The Tampa mayor is optimistic a deal can be worked out for the team to move to Tampa. And she says the Tampa Bay Rowdies would be part of a potential package deal.
  9. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor tosses beads at the Snow on 7th holiday parade in Ybor City. Next up: A pirate-themed New Year's Eve event to kick off Gasparilla. Aaaarg!
    Mayor Jane Castor unveils a pirate-themed New Year’s Eve celebration in Curtis Hixon Park with a 3-D projection of a dropping treasure chest.
  10. Tampa City Council members, sitting as board members of the city's Community Redevelopment Agency, have given preliminary approval of reopening the design process to include cafe seating in Herman Massey Park to serve a proposed restaurant on its border.
    Tampa City Council members move to reopen the design process to fill part of the park with cafe seating for a proposed restaurant and bar next door.