Charlie Frago, Tampa City Hall Reporter

Charlie Frago

Tampa City Hall Reporter

I joined the Times in 2013 after working for newspapers and wire services 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, from zoning to sewage. I have a bachelor's degree in history from Grinnell College in Iowa and masters' degrees in history and journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and Northwestern University. I've covered murders, prisons and congressional races alike in more than two decades as a reporter. In my spare time, I like to spend time with my wife and two children in Clearwater.

Cafes may be a trend in Tampa parks, but not everyone has an appetite

Two recent proposals to use public space downtown for private eateries have started a debate about the purpose of parks

Water Street will be transformative, but will it be affordable?

The $3 billion Water Street project is slated to be complete by 2026 or 2027. How affordable will it be? Shadd, Dirk  |  Tampa Bay Times
A project executive ticked off many ways the $3 billion project will alter Tampa, but a Cafe con Tampa audience wanted details on what it will cost to live there

Once a cop ... Jane Castor calls in a tip that leads to arrest

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor was being driven through North Tampa when she spotted suspicious activity. She called it in, leading to an arrest. OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times
Tampa’s mayor was being driven through North Tampa when she stepped back briefly into police work.

Tampa City Council learns details on proposed cafe in downtown park

Tampa City Council members had a busy Thursday. They discussed an idea to open a cafe in a downtown park and approved an extension of a contract with the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council. Charlie Frago  |  Charlie Frago
Council members and residents suggest Mayor Jane Castor’s administration take it slow on the idea and consider bringing back the park’s benches.

‘Dog poop next to a restaurant is not a cool idea.'

The owner of the building at 214 E. Tyler St, next to Herman Massey Park, has gained preliminary approval to move a proposed dog park away from her property. Charlie Frago  |  Times
A building owner next to Herman Massey Park gained preliminary approval to move a proposed dog park away from her property.