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Charlie Frago

Tampa Bay Times

Tampa, FL, United States

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Recent articles by Charlie:

Tampa’s plan for its wastewater in peril after City Council vote

Council members voted unanimously to deny additional funding for Mayor Jane Castor’s project to convert wastewater into water. → Read More

Tampa wastewater reuse project under fire again

Opponents want the city to kill any future funding for city’s plan to recycle highly treated wastewater to bolster water supply. → Read More

Retired judge concludes no further action needed by city of Tampa on Dingfelder

Gregory Holder’s review did find that former City Council member John Dingfelder tried to benefit as a lobbyist after his resignation. → Read More

Tampa has a new city attorney. Will it have a ‘hard reset,’ too?

City Council members approved Andrea Zelman to become city attorney Thursday, but had harsh words for her office’s behavior towards them in the past. → Read More

Tampa City Council members didn’t ask for raise, but most are open to it

Mayor Jane Castor’s proposal to raise City Council salaries by more than $20,000 surprised council members but doesn’t face much opposition. → Read More

City of Tampa unsnags Fair Oaks park deal, at a cost

A senior center and expanded recreational opportunities are in the pipeline at East Tampa park. → Read More

Juneteenth isn’t a Tampa city holiday. Should it be?

City Council member Orlando Gudes says he’s disappointed Mayor Jane Castor hasn’t acted yet making Tampa the only major bay area city not to. → Read More

Tampa local consultant sues former City Council candidate

Steve Michelini’s lawsuit accuses John Godwin of creating a fake Facebook account to defame him. → Read More

Congressional candidate James Judge is raffling off AR-15-style rifles tied to fundraising

The Tampa Republican hopes to challenge U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor in the fall. → Read More

Tampa Bay property values bring record revenues, but not necessarily lower taxes

Local governments will have hundreds of millions of added dollars to spend. → Read More

As chlorine plant moves out of Tampa’s Rattlesnake Point, development readies

A private buyer for Chemical Formulators means that potentially dangerous industrial activity will no longer hinder hundreds of units being contemplated for the peninsula near the Gandy Bridge. → Read More

Tampa City Council member Orlando Gudes claimed improper homestead exemption

Gudes said he learned about the exemption from an ongoing legal action and has lived in his East Tampa childhood home since 2018. → Read More

Tampa launches housing assistance hotline

Mayor Jane Castor says she also supports the City Council’s wish for a tenant advocacy office, for now. → Read More

Former City Council candidate subpoenaed over social media posts

Attorneys for a local business consultant have asked John Godwin to turn over social media accounts in the case. → Read More

Tampa City Council seeks to bolster tenant rights

City Council members approve creating a tenants advocacy office. → Read More

Darryl Shaw isn’t afraid to take risks. His biggest might be in Ybor City.

The low-key entrepreneur who built a national veterinary chain is now on the brink of a massive redevelopment of the historic neighborhood. → Read More

Energy secretary visits Tampa to tout clean power initiatives

Jennifer Granholm said projects like Tampa’s plan for hydroelectric power on the Hillsborough River will help the country transition to clean energy. → Read More

Tampa looks to Miami-Dade, Gainesville for help on housing crunch

City Council members directed lawyers to study efforts elsewhere in Florida to strengthen tenant rights and hold landlords accountable. → Read More

City of Tampa settles with aide who says council member harassed her

Orlando Gudes’ former aide reached a $200,000 settlement with the city and received an apology from Mayor Jane Castor. → Read More

Tampa City Council heeds concerns from gated community, nixes hotel

Residents on the south end of Harbour Island said the proposed 150-room hotel would threaten their quality of life. → Read More