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. Tampa City Council member Bill Carlson wants the city's Community Redevelopment Areas to have an executive director that answers to council members, not Mayor Jane Castor.
    Council members voted Thursday to advance a plan to hire an executive director to manage the city’s Community Redevelopment Areas, removing that position from Mayor Jane Castor’s control.
  2. Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister speaks Tuesday at a kickoff in Tampa for a campaign to encourage first responders to seek help if contemplating suicide.
    Tampa advertising firm ChappellRoberts will partner with the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay to encourage police officers, deputies and firefighters to seek anonymous help if they need it.
  3. A construction crew repairs City of Tampa Water Department water distribution system located on South Davis Boulevard between Marmora Avenue and Severn Avenue on Davis Islands in Thursday.
    The City Council votes 6-1 to raise billions of dollars to address water main breaks and sewer line cave-ins. There have been more than 3,500 in the last two years.
  4. Jane Castor faces an important City Council vote tonight on a $2.9 billion plan to upgrade Tampa's infrastructure over the next 20 years.
    Tampa’s mayor also announces an expansion of aid to low-income residents to help them pay for proposed utility rate increases.
  5. Tampa City Council member Orlando Gudes during a June meeting.
    Just four months after winning a City Council seat, Gudes is quickly securing big-ticket budget items for Tampa’s only majority-black district.
  6. Crews work on the northbound lanes of Dale Mabry Highway south of Gandy to fill in a hole caused by a water main break in 2018.
    The proposed increases for water and sewer would pay for more than $3 billion in repairs and upgrades. The City Council will vote Thursday.
  7. A boy plays on the beach Saturday in Lake Worth, Fla. Hurricane Dorian is bearing down on the northwestern Bahamas as a Category 4 storm. Forecasters say Dorian is then expected to go up the U.S. coastline.
    Evacuations are underway in eastern Florida and the Bahamas, and northern states are also preparing for hurricane’s arrival.
  8. Check back with for the latest developments.
    The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is investigating Friday afternoon’s fatal crash.
  9. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri listens as County Commissioners vote to give County Administrator Barry Burton emergency powers Saturday morning.
    County commissioners vote to give county administrator emergency power to make quick decisions if storm changes course.
  10. Firefighters crossed a runway at Tampa International Airport in July as a plane was landing.
    Four fire department vehicles crossed a runway as a plane was landing last month