Friday, November 17, 2017


Charlie Frago

Charlie Frago

Charlie Frago covers St. Petersburg for the Tampa Bay Times. Previously, Frago covered Clearwater for the newspaper. He has also worked for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Little Rock, the Greensboro News & Record in North Carolina and the City News Bureau of Chicago. In 2011-12, Frago was a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He has a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University. He joined the Times in May 2013.

Fired: City worker who accused Kriseman administration of bullying gets the ax

ST. PETERSBURG — A city engineer who went public with allegations of bullying and intimidation by Mayor Rick Kriseman’s administration has gotten the ax.Steven Marshall, who appeared with Kriseman’s opponent, Rick Baker, days before the Nov. 7...
Published: 11/15/17
David Boies, the high-profile lawyer under fire in the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment case, in Washington D.C. in 2014. Boies had offered to represent St. Petersburg if it has to defend its Super PAC ordinance. But after Boies' role in the Weinstein scandal was revealed, now St. Petersburg City Council is recoiling at his offer. (Jabin Botsford/The New York Times)

St. Petersburg officials recoil at offer of help from Weinstein attorney David Boies

ST. PETERSBURG — What does disgraced Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein have to do with the city’s fight against the influence of money in politics?Believe it or not, there is a connection.Last month the City Council approved an...
Published: 11/14/17
Updated: 11/15/17
Signs at North Shore Park in St. Petersburg warn people in September 2016 to stay out of the water due to contamination from partially treated sewage from the city's overwhelmed sewer system. The Penny for Pinellas will help fund repairs to the city's sewage system, and that 1-cent sales tax is up for renewal on the November ballot. Soon residents will learn how much they'll have to pay in the form of higher utility rates. [LARA CERRI   |   Times]

Utility bills will rise for St. Pete residents -- and keep rising

ST. PETERSBURG — Start saving up that couch change. City residents might need it to pay steeper utility bills starting in January.
Published: 11/09/17
St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman celebrates his reelection victory at his watch party at Nova 535 after Tuesday night's election. [CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times]

Clean slate? Reelection gives Kriseman fresh start with council

ST. PETERSBURG — Now that Mayor Rick Kriseman has prevailed after a bruising election, City Council members say they hope for the same thing in his second term: a clean slate.Council chair Darden Rice said it. So did Charlie Gerdes. Both are...
Published: 11/09/17
St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman celebrated his reelection win Tuesday night at his watch party at Nova 535. [CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times]

Rick vs. Rick: St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman completes comeback

ST. PETERSBURG — There has never been anything in city history like Rick vs. Rick.For the first time in the strong-mayor era, two mayors battled each other for City Hall. They were veteran politicians who brought deep pockets, residual anger...
Published: 11/06/17
Updated: 11/07/17
St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker and incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman, running against each other for the city's top job, spent the Saturday before Election Day working to get out the vote. [JAY NOLAN   |   Special to the Times]

In St. Petersburg mayor’s race, candidates make final appeals

ST. PETERSBURG — Rick vs. Rick is drawing to a close.In the last weekend of a bitterly contested six-month mayoral campaign, incumbent St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and former Mayor Rick Baker made their final appeals to voters, and their...
Published: 11/04/17
Updated: 11/06/17
People walk past the headquarters of Lehman Brothers in Manhattan in September 2008 just days before the Wall Street investment bank filed for the largest bankruptcy in history. St. Petersburg lost $11 million in investments with Lehman and had to sue to recoup its losses. Now former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker's management of city investments at the time has come under fire from his campaign opponent, current Mayor Rick Kriseman. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Kriseman questions Baker’s management of St. Pete’s investments

ST. PETERSBURG — Rick Baker makes no bones about it: he’s a hands-on mayor.In nearly every interview and every candidate forum over the past six months, St. Petersburg’s mayor from 2001-10 has presented himself as someone who sweats the...
Published: 11/03/17
Partially-treated sewage discharges into Tampa Bay from a St. Petersburg city sewage plant in September 2016 during the height of the city's 13-month, billion-gallon sewage crisis. [EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]

Days before election, St. Pete City Council tussles over sewage

ST. PETERSBURG — One last spat before Election Day broke out along political lines at Thursday’s City Council meeting between supporters of incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman and former Mayor Rick Baker.And once again the subject was the city’s...
Published: 11/02/17
St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman (center) got a campaign boost Monday when former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (to the mayor's right) visited his election headquarters in the Euclid-St. Paul neighborhood Monday. The 2016 Democratic presidential candidate was the latest in a string of high-profile Democrats to back the mayor in his tough election fight against former Mayor Rick Baker. [CHARLIE FRAGO  |  Times]

Democrats line up to help Kriseman battle Baker

ST. PETERSBURG — Former Maryland governor and former presidential candidate Martin O’Malley came to the Sunshine City with a simple message:Re-electing Mayor Rick Kriseman wasn’t just a local issue. It’s part of a national rebuild of a...
Published: 10/31/17
Updated: 11/03/17
City engineer Steven Marshall said he was demoted and punished by incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman for speaking out during last year's sewage crisis. Marshall made that allegation at a Tuesday news conference held at the campaign headquarters of Kriseman's foe in the mayoral race, Rick Baker. From left: former mayoral candidate Deveron Gibbons, City Council member Jim Kennedy, Baker, Marshall and Baker supporter Chris Eaton [CHARLIE FRAGO  |  Times]

City engineer says Mayor Rick Kriseman retaliated against him

ST. PETERSBURG— A city engineer says Mayor Rick Kriseman’s administration punished him for speaking out at the height of last year’s sewage crisis.Engineer Steven Marshall spoke out about the incident at a Tuesday news conference organized by...
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